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The Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg
  

The Emperor of Lies

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The Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg

This is a compelling tale of power, corruption and compromise from one of Scandinavia's most revered authors. In February 1940, the Nazis established what would become the second largest Jewish ghetto in Poland, in the city of Lodz. Its chosen leader: Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, a sixty-three-year-old Jewish businessman. Mysterious, ambiguous and monarchical, 'King Chaim' forced adults and children alike to work punishing hours providing supplies for the German military. Thousands of others were transported and never seen again. Was Rumkowski an accessory to the Nazi regime, driven by lust for power, or was he a pragmatic strategist, actively saving Jewish lives through apparent collaboration? Steve Sem-Sandberg draws on genuine chronicles of life in the Lodz ghetto to capture the full panorama of human resilience, and to question the nature of good and evil.

Reviews

Mesmerizing...An irresistible work of fiction, absorbing from first page to last...Dickens would have been very pleased with this novel. --Carmen Callil, The Guardian (London) Was Rumkowski a sinner or a saint? Collaborator or a liberator? It is around this central question that The Emperor of Lies swirls, providing along the way. . . cinematic detail that invites immersion in the way few contemporary novels of serious ambition do. --Daphne Merkin, The New York Times Book Review A resolute masterpiece, The Emperor of Lies looks for truths in the great domain of dissolving syntax and shadows we call history....A great achievement. --Sebastian Barry, Salon


About the Author

Steve Sem-Sandberg was born in 1958. He divides his time between Vienna and Stockholm.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st January 2012

Author

Steve Sem-Sandberg

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
672 pages
Interest Age: From 0 to 0 years

Categories

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780571259212

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