Magda by Meike Ziervogel

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...she makes no reference to the explanatory letter Magda Goebbels left behind: "I took the children with me for they are too good for the life that would follow." Maybe that's just as well, since it sums up everything you need to know.
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Irish Times Books Of The Year 2013 Observer Books Of The Year 2013 Guardian Readers' Books Of The Year 2013 Short Listed For Guardian's Not The Booker Prize 2013 Unloved sons turn their aggression on the outside world. Unloved daughters destroy the people they love, and then themselves. In this daring portrayal of Magda Goebbels - wife of Hitler's propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels - Meike Ziervogel unveils an historical tale of abusive mother and daughter relationships that reaches a terrifying conclusion in the last days of Nazi Germany. Magda is born at the beginning of the 20th century, the illegitimate child of a maidservant who feels burdened with a daughter she does not want. The girl grows up to become an ambitious woman, desperate for love and recognition. When Magda meets Joseph Goebbels, he appears to answer all her needs, and together they have six children. Towards the end of the Second World War, Magda has become physically and emotionally sick. As she takes her children into the Fuhrer's bunker, her eldest daughter Helga experiences an overwhelming sense of foreboding.
 

About Meike Ziervogel

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Meike Ziervogel is the founder and director of Peirene Press, an award-winning UK publishing house. Her debut novel âÂeÂ~MagdaâÂeÂ(tm) was published in 2013 to critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for the GuardianâÂeÂ(tm)s Not the Booker prize, and was nominated as a book of the year 2013 by the Observer, Irish Times and Guardian readers. Meike lives in London with her husband and two children.
 
Published April 1, 2013 by Salt Publishing. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on Mar 08 2013

...she makes no reference to the explanatory letter Magda Goebbels left behind: "I took the children with me for they are too good for the life that would follow." Maybe that's just as well, since it sums up everything you need to know.

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