Blood Brothers by Ernst Haffner (translated from the original German by Michael Hofmann)

Title:  Blood Brothers (original German title Youth on the Road to Berlin) Author:  Ernst Haffner Translator:  Michael Hofmann Publisher:  Other Press, New York (2015) ISBN: 978 15905 1704 8 A galley arrives in my mailbox proclaiming itself “BANNED BY THE NAZI PARTY” in bold letters across the cover – as if the Nazi Party were still in the business of banning anything or anyone. The announcement … Continue reading Blood Brothers by Ernst Haffner (translated from the original German by Michael Hofmann)

Bare Facts – The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire & Germany’s Bid for World Power by Sean McMeekin

Welcome to Bare Facts: a new, monthly *crosses fingers* feature for 2013 which is all about non-fiction.  The books reviewed in Bare Facts are intended to help provide a historical, geographic and political context  – with subjects ranging from international history, politics, personalities on the world stage, religion, philosophy, etc. “The Great Game” is the term used for the 19th and early 20th century struggle … Continue reading Bare Facts – The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire & Germany’s Bid for World Power by Sean McMeekin

Daniel Stein, Interpreter by Ludmila Ulitskaya (translated from the Russian by Arch Tait)

The title Daniel Stein, Interpreter is loaded with meaning. The novel’s namesake and hero is a Polish Jew gifted with languages. He survived WWII by acting as an interpreter for the Germans, the Belorussians and Soviets. Each time the city of Emsk changed hands, so did Daniel. At times re-translating the same documents over again for each new occupier. It was through his position that … Continue reading Daniel Stein, Interpreter by Ludmila Ulitskaya (translated from the Russian by Arch Tait)

Bookshelf Show & Tell: The Holiday Edition

The holidays are over and I thought it might be fun to do some bookshelf Show & Tell.  Here’s a list of what I found at the bottom of my stocking (in no particular order): In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death & the World It Made by Norman F. Cantor The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire & Germany’s Bid for World Power … Continue reading Bookshelf Show & Tell: The Holiday Edition