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A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert

A Boy in Winter

A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
Aug 01, 2017 | 256 Pages
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“Halfway through Rahcel Seiffert’s new novel, when the SS death squad starts shooting, most readers will shudder. They all know, they think, what is coming: not just a gruesome depiction of the Nazis’ murderous campaign against European Jews, but the Holocaust narrative itself, by now a well-stocked shelf. It is a mark of Seiffert’s gifts that her slender tale, A Boy in Winter, upends these expectations….Ms. Seiffert’s prose is not showy, but graceful and precise. The misery of the dank streets is relieved by flashes of light and humanity….Most literature of the ‘third generation’ after the war explores the impact on its descendants. Ms. Seiffert’s fictions are different: they inhabit the events themselves. Yet from all too familiar horror they swerve into the unexpected, into a new story—a gleam in the darkness that readers haven’t seen before.” The Economist

“Seiffert’s contribution to the ever growing shelf of Holocaust fiction provides an emotional close-up of the experiences of several characters in a small Ukrainian town on the day the German troops arrive to round up the Jews, the day the nightmare begins in earnest….This novel allows the reader to imagine and to empathize, to have a vivid moral experience, while managing to avoid the surfeit of violent, horrific detail that can sometimes result in a kind of genocide porn. All the notes of the Holocaust song, including the rare ray of hope, are played in this spare, fast-moving novel.” Kirkus Reviews
“Seiffert’s characterization is well-realized, with a Nazi Sturmbannführer (military officer) portrayed with more complexity than archetypal villainy. The novel truly shines in its offering of diverse, authentic perspectives…. Seiffert does provides more successful instances of kindness as well as hope in her accomplished literary work.” Booklist

“The primal energy in this novel is a moral sore that will never heal … [a] fine novel.” —John Sutherland, The Times
“Seiffert’s cool tone never wavers—her spare, beautiful prose is a joy to read.” —Helen Dunmore, The Guardian
“Rachel Seiffert’s new novel A Boy in Winter stretches over only three days, through which you encounter all the emotions of the time, horror and instinct for survival, family loyalty, and above all perhaps, bravery.” James Naughtie, BBC World TV
“Spare, elegant and devastating.” Psychologies
“Completely captures those times in a vivid, precise, captivating and terrible way.” —Philippe Sands, author of East West Street

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