Wartime Lies by Louis Begley

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"Extraordinary...Rich in irony and regret...[the] people and settings are vividly realized and his prose [is] compelling in its simplicity."
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

As the world slips into the throes of war in 1939, young Maciek's once closetted existence outside Warsaw is no more. When Warsaw falls, Maciek escapes with his aunt Tania. Together they endure the war, running, hiding, changing their names, forging documents to secure their temporary lives—as the insistent drum of the Nazi march moves ever closer to them and to their secret wartime lies.


BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Louis Begley's Memories of a Marriage.
 

About Louis Begley

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Louis Begley lives in New York City. His previous novels are About Schmidt, As Max Saw It, The Man Who Was Late, Matters of Honor, Mistler's Exit, Schmidt Delivered, Shipwreck, and Wartime Lies. www.louisbegley.com
 
Published December 22, 2010 by Ballantine Books. 240 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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After Maciek's father disappeared, Tania was able to protect the family by her friendship with her sympathetic German boss--but as more and more Jews were rounded up and sent to the Warsaw Ghetto, the friendship was discovered, and Tania and Maciek had to fend for themselves.

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An orphaned nine-year-old and his sharp-tongued aunt pose as Catholic Poles to hide their Jewish identity from the Nazis in this haunting, powerful Holocaust novel, which was nominated for a National Book Award and chosen as one of PW 's best books of 1991.

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The ``lies'' in this haunting, powerful Holocaust novel are not just the Nazis' monstrous racialist myths, but also the personal fictions adopted by their victims in order to survive.

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A Originally posted Sep 18, 1992 Published in issue #136 Sep 18, 1992 Order article reprints

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Remarkably--he is a lawyer and this is his first published novel, although I should disclose that I knew him in college 40 years ago when he studied literature and staged Yeats plays--he has managed to present, in the preliminary and a final passage, the powerful and powerfully told, sorrowful tr...

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