Siegfried by Harry Mulisch

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A bracing meditation on the nature of evil and a moving evocation of the human heart, Siegfried is one of Harry Mulisch?s most powerful novels. After a reading of his work, renowned Dutch author Rudolf Herter, who had recently commented in a television interview that it may be only through fiction that the uniquely evil figure of Adolf Hitler can be truly comprehended, is approached by an elderly couple. The pair reveal that as domestic servants in Hitler?s Bavarian retreat in the waning years of the war, they were witness to the jealously guarded birth of Siegfried?the son of Hitler and Eva Braun. For more than fifty years they have kept silent about the child they once raised as their own. Only now and only to Herter are they willing to reveal their astonishing story.
 

About Harry Mulisch

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Harry Mulisch is author of the international bestsellers The Assault, The Discovery of Heaven, and The Procedure, as well as other novels, short stories, essays, poetry, plays, and philosophical works. Paul Vincent has translated several works from the Dutch, including Harry Mulisch’s The Discovery of Heaven and The Procedure.
 
Published October 27, 2003 by Penguin Books. 196 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Suspense is maintained even when the tale grows meditative or talky, and Mulisch plays expertly with readers’ expectations in its final sequence, which presents revealing excerpts from a diary of Eva Braun’s that is perhaps authentic, perhaps Rudolf Herter’s crowning, compromising “invention.” F...

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Siegfried by Harry Mulisch, translated by Paul Vincent 192pp, Viking, £16.99 An hour before his suicide, Hitler took the trouble to kill nine dogs.

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Publishers Weekly

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When he visits these "ancient people in this old-people's home," the Falks reveal the shocking fact that as Hitler's personal servants at his mountain retreat, they were charged with concealing Siegfried, Hitler and Eva Braun's son, born on Kristallnacht.

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It turned out that the papers were forged, a henchman of Hitler had falsified documents to make sure he would be Hitler's successor, not Siegfried.

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The Sunday Times

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