Julia by Otto de Kat

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The choice he makes colours the rest of his life – as we see in a sequence of memories beautifully linked together by the images drifting through the mind of a man waiting to die.
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One summer's afternoon in 1981, a factory owner, Christiaan Dudok, is found dead in his study having taken his own life. He has left no suicide note, but on his desk is a newspaper from 2 April 1942, reporting on the bombing of the north German town of Lübeck. The list of the dead includes the highlighted name of Julia Bender. As a young man finishing his studies in Lübeck in 1938, Christiaan is irresistibly drawn to Julia, a courageous German who has emphatically rejected the Nazi regime. But that same year he is forced to leave both Germany and the woman he loves, even though he suspects that he is making the greatest mistake of his life .Julia is the story of a life lived wrongly, of a love so great that it endures for decades, and yet still fails. Fear of life and loss of courage, and terrifying inhuman fanaticism are the compelling themes explored in Otto de Kat's elegantly accomplished, elegiac novel.
 

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Otto de Kat lives and works as a publisher and novelist in Amsterdam. His novel Man on the Move was the winner of Holland's Halewijn Literature Prize. Ina Rilke is the prize-winning translator of books by Cees Nooteboom, W. F. Hermans, Erwin Mortier, Tessa de Loo, Dai Sijie, Margriet de Moor and Arthur Japin, among others.
 
Published December 1, 2011 by Maclehose Press Quercus. 191 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jane Housham on Mar 15 2013

The choice he makes colours the rest of his life – as we see in a sequence of memories beautifully linked together by the images drifting through the mind of a man waiting to die.

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