Kingdom of Twilight by Steven Uhly audiobook

Kingdom of Twilight

By Steven Uhly
Read by Peter Noble

MacLehose Press
22.49 Hours 1
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"POWERFUL AND ORIGINAL." --THE TIMES "REWARDING AND WHOLLY ENGAGING." --HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY "ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND POWERFUL NOVELS OF RECENT GERMAN LITERATURE." --DEUTSCHLANDRADIO KULTUR Hypnotically lyrical and intensely moving, Steven Uhly's epic novel set in the wake of World War II is a finely nuanced yet shattering exploration of universal themes: love, hatred, doubt, survival, guilt, humanity, and redemption. One night in autumn 1944, a gunshot echoes through the alleyways of a small town in occupied Poland. An SS officer is shot dead by a young Polish Jew, Margarita Ejzenstain. In retaliation, his commander orders the execution of thirty-seven Poles--one for every year of the dead man's life. First hidden by a sympathetic German couple, Margarita must then flee the brutal advance of the Soviet army with her newborn baby. So begins a thrilling panorama of intermingled destinies and events that reverberate from that single act of defiance. Kingdom of Twilight follows the lives of Jewish refugees and a German family resettled from Bukovina, as well as a former SS officer, chronicling the geographical and psychological dislocation generated by war. A quest for identity and truth takes them from refugee camps to Lübeck, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and New York, as they try to make sense of a changed world, and of their place in it.

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Summary

Summary

"POWERFUL AND ORIGINAL." --THE TIMES

"REWARDING AND WHOLLY ENGAGING." --HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY

"ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND POWERFUL NOVELS OF RECENT GERMAN LITERATURE." --DEUTSCHLANDRADIO KULTUR

Hypnotically lyrical and intensely moving, Steven Uhly's epic novel set in the wake of World War II is a finely nuanced yet shattering exploration of universal themes: love, hatred, doubt, survival, guilt, humanity, and redemption.

One night in autumn 1944, a gunshot echoes through the alleyways of a small town in occupied Poland. An SS officer is shot dead by a young Polish Jew, Margarita Ejzenstain. In retaliation, his commander orders the execution of thirty-seven Poles--one for every year of the dead man's life. First hidden by a sympathetic German couple, Margarita must then flee the brutal advance of the Soviet army with her newborn baby. So begins a thrilling panorama of intermingled destinies and events that reverberate from that single act of defiance. Kingdom of Twilight follows the lives of Jewish refugees and a German family resettled from Bukovina, as well as a former SS officer, chronicling the geographical and psychological dislocation generated by war. A quest for identity and truth takes them from refugee camps to Lübeck, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and New York, as they try to make sense of a changed world, and of their place in it.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A novel about the aftermath of the war, the tribulations of uneasy peace, and the violent birth of Israel . . . Kingdom of Twilight is powerful and original. Antonia Senior, The Times
Uhly skillfully unrolls an epic canvas yet rarely loses sight of the individual details that bring his characters to life. Nick Rennison, Sunday Times
A gripping, thoroughly researched novel . . . Steven Uhly's Kingdom of Twilight should be at the center of literary debate. Süddeutsche Zeitung
One of the most important and powerful novels of recent German literature. Deutschlandradio Kultur
In German writer Uhly's sprawling tale of Nazism and its toxic effects on Europe and beyond, Jewish survivors and German tormentors alike struggle for identity and a sense of place . . . The book is lifted highest by the profound questions [it raises] about essence and existence, survival and the endless sense of displacement that mocks that state of being. Kirkus Reviews
Literary, intelligent, reflective fiction that descends deep inside the protagonists' consciousness, their motivations and most private thoughts . . . Rewarding and wholly engaging reading. Historical Novel Society

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Author Bio: Steven Uhly

Author Bio: Steven Uhly

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 22.49
Audience: Adult
Language: English