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The Turncoat

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The Turncoat by Siegfried Lenz
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Oct 06, 2020 | ISBN 9781590510537

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“This antiwar satire would have been quite a shock to the system of a wounded, divided postwar Germany…darkly comic…explosive…persuasive.” —New York Times Book Review

“Lenz (1926–2014) effectively mines his experiences in the German army for this memorable account…[His] meaningful exploration of loyalty owed to one’s country and family is packed with thrills and chills.” —Publishers Weekly

“Fully imagined and absolutely gripping…one can only marvel at that spineless publisher who managed to stifle The Turncoat for over fifty years. He really missed out on something.” —Arts Fuse

“It was so very hard for the victors in World War II to come home and heal. For the defeated, there was untold shame, loss, and humiliation. Never has the aftermath for Germans been better depicted than in Siegfried Lenz’s elegiac, The Turncoat. A newly discovered masterpiece.” —Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of Avenue of Spies

The Turncoat is eerily relevant and addresses the challenges we face in America with the rise of authoritarianism and white supremacy. Our hero Walter’s tale of love and adventure upends the tropes of war literature to brilliant effect. Siegfried Lenz’s prose combines grinding realism with bravura cinematic flourish. This novel of men at arms draws power from the intricacies of the human heart and conflicted truths therein.” —Gabe Hudson, author of Dear Mr. President

“Compelling in its message, evocative in its prose, The Turncoat is the sad story of mindless cruelty and chaos in war—and of one soldier who flees evil. This is a book you’ll find disturbing, but won’t be able to put down.” —Douglas Waller, author of Wild Bill Donovan

“While the novel was way ahead of the curve in 1951, today it is immensely relevant. Nationalist tendencies are on the rise all over the globe, the desire for strong leaders and simple answers to complex questions is more and more prevalent. The Turncoat deals with issues that are highly urgent today; therefore, it is a novel ripe for adaptation. Lenz has succeeded in facing these complex questions of guilt and responsibility on a deeply human level. He tells this through the viewpoint of his characters so we can not only relate to and understand their emotions but live through them as well.” —Florian Gallenberger, Academy Award–winning director
 
“First, this is quite a surprise, and second, after reading the book, a sensation. The Turncoat is a brilliant novel, adding an impressive work to Lenz’s output, and thus to German postwar literature.” —Der Spiegel

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