Middle-class, Jewish Hans finds himself charmed by Konradin, the young aristocrat in his class and they quickly become best friends.
But it is 1932 and the boys live in a rapidly changing Germany.
The rise of Hitler compromises their friendship irrevocably but their story does not truly end until after the war.
Readers across the world have been devastated and moved by the shocking denouement of this beautiful and profound exploration of the nature of friendship and the impact of history on human relationships.
Complete with a new introduction by Rachel Seiffert, bestselling author of The Dark Room.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 21/08/1997
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781860463655
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Review by praymont
Set mostly before WWII, this story about a Jewish adolescent (who must flee his beloved Germany) and his Stauffenberg-like friend juxtaposes 'heiliges Deutschland' and its 1930's aberration.