A contemporary novel against the background of
The assassination of Reinhard Heydrich,
the "Butcher of Prague," during World War II.
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of this outstanding act of resistance against the Nazis in 1942 now published in English.
Translated from the German by Marie Speigner, MA.
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Prague in the spring of 1942. German troops have marched in; the people are oppressed by violence and despotism. Seven young men are on the run after an unprecedented act of resistance. They die in their apparently safe hideout. Who has betrayed them?
Vienna, summer, more than half a century later. In her search for clues, Anna, a reporter, enters into a bloody past. What really happened at that time in former Czechoslovakia? And what is the role of the old man who lured her to Prague with an obscure job offer?
A novel about the power of the past, the courage for self-discovery, and the meaning of love. A story full of suspense and poetry.
The assassination of Reinhard Heydrich was marked by absurd failures and bizarre incidents. As it was the only successful assassination attempt on one of the rulers of the Third Reich, it holds a special position in history.
Valerie Springer offers a "substantiated analysis of this complex historical issue", says Czech literature doyen Pavel Kohout.
"Well-researched and captivating throughout" - LitGes
"A gripping novel about contemporary history" - Madonna magazine
"An unsentimental love story combined with the horrors of the Nazi regime, an exciting and integral novel" - News magazine
"Clear narrative structure, precise language, a great reading experience" - Radieschen
"Fascinating prose about Nazi horror" - Kurier
Valerie Springer expresses her thanks and appreciation to the following persons and institutions who helped her during her research:
Military History Institute Prague
Austrian Embassy in Prague
Czech Embassy in Vienna
The publication of the German hardcover version in 2009 was made possible by federal funding programs of the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria.
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