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Summoned from Vienna to Frankfurt to testify at the Auschwitz trials, Heiner meets Lena, who is working at the court as a translator. During the trial, he describes his experiences of being deported to Auschwitz as a young man. Afterward, the two begin a cautious love affair, but both are unsure whether their feelings will be strong enough to persevere in the shadow of his earlier ordeals. Heiner knows that if they are to stay together, Lena will have to accept the memories of Auschwitz that mark him and build a new life amid the debris of his past.

In this moving novel, Monika Held draws on first-hand reports by Auschwitz survivors to paint an emotive picture of life and love governed by trauma. Throughout, Heiner’s suffering is omnipresent, and Lena’s struggle to hold her own in a relationship dominated by his past is deeply moving. His stories are horrific and disturbing, but they are a part of his identity; he cannot survive without them. And slowly, Lena learns to cherish her own past despite its apparent insignificance.

With its sensitive treatment of two people struggling to confront the Holocaust’s atrocities from very different vantage points, This Place Holds No Fear is a powerful novel of finding love after experiencing unimaginable loss.

Review:

"When Michael Berg began attending the Nazi war trials as part of a college class, he never expected to find Hanna — an older woman who had seduced him when he was a teenager — as one of the accused. Berg is himself paralyzed by a moral dilemma that may free her, but also destroy her. Schlink uses this intriguing and complex relationship to engage issues of identity, ego and freedom of choice that are emphasized within the backdrop of the Holocaust. Campbell Scott proves an excellent narrator, with an eloquent and precise tone that gives a reflective distance to this first-person account, emphasizing the Berg's evolution as he grows from youth into adult. Scott's deliberate delivery also emphasizes Berg's emerging maturity; initially, his deliberateness hints at insecurity while later on, Scott's steady reading indicates experience. A Vintage paperback. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Summoned from Vienna to Frankfurt to testify at the Auschwitz trials, Heiner meets Lena, who is working at the court as a translator. As the trial progresses, Heiner bears witness to his experiences of being deported to Auschwitz as a young man. He and Lena begin a cautious love affair, but both are unsure whether their love can be strong enough to cope with his trauma. Heiner knows that if they are going to stay together Lena will have to accept the shadow of Auschwitz that marks him. When she does, they start to build a new life around the debris of his past.

In clear, unobtrusive prose, Monika Held paints an emotive picture of life and love governed by trauma. Heiners suffering is omnipresent, and Lenas struggle to hold her own in an imbalanced relationship dominated by his past is deeply moving. His stories are horrific and disturbing, but he cannot survive without them. Slowly, Lena learns to cherish her own past despite its apparent insignificance.

About the Author

Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany. He is the author of the internationally nest-selling novel The Reader, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. He lives in Berlin and New York.

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Afterword by Monika Held

Product Details

ISBN:
9780739375952
Author:
Schlink, Bernhard
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Translator:
Janeway, Carol
Read by:
Scott, Campbell
Read:
Scott, Campbell
Author:
Held, Monika
Author:
Janeway, Carol
Author:
Posten, Anne
Author:
Scott, Campbell
Subject:
General
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Holocaust survivors
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;germany;holocaust;wwii;novel;historical fiction;german;illiteracy;coming of age;romance;german literature;guilt;love;literature;20th century;war;history;oprah s book club;historical;relationships;contemporary;nazis;literacy;war crimes;movie;sex;na
Subject:
fiction;germany;holocaust;wwii;novel;historical fiction;german;illiteracy;coming of age;romance;german literature;guilt;love;literature;20th century;war;history;oprah s book club;historical;relationships;contemporary;nazis;literacy;war crimes;movie;sex;na
Subject:
fiction;germany;holocaust;wwii;novel;historical fiction;german;illiteracy;coming of age;romance;german literature;guilt;love;literature;20th century;war;history;oprah s book club;historical;relationships;contemporary;nazis;literacy;war crimes;movie;sex;na
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Abridged:
Y
Series:
New York Times Notable Books
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in
Media Run Time:
210

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When Michael Berg began attending the Nazi war trials as part of a college class, he never expected to find Hanna — an older woman who had seduced him when he was a teenager — as one of the accused. Berg is himself paralyzed by a moral dilemma that may free her, but also destroy her. Schlink uses this intriguing and complex relationship to engage issues of identity, ego and freedom of choice that are emphasized within the backdrop of the Holocaust. Campbell Scott proves an excellent narrator, with an eloquent and precise tone that gives a reflective distance to this first-person account, emphasizing the Berg's evolution as he grows from youth into adult. Scott's deliberate delivery also emphasizes Berg's emerging maturity; initially, his deliberateness hints at insecurity while later on, Scott's steady reading indicates experience. A Vintage paperback. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,

Summoned from Vienna to Frankfurt to testify at the Auschwitz trials, Heiner meets Lena, who is working at the court as a translator. As the trial progresses, Heiner bears witness to his experiences of being deported to Auschwitz as a young man. He and Lena begin a cautious love affair, but both are unsure whether their love can be strong enough to cope with his trauma. Heiner knows that if they are going to stay together Lena will have to accept the shadow of Auschwitz that marks him. When she does, they start to build a new life around the debris of his past.

In clear, unobtrusive prose, Monika Held paints an emotive picture of life and love governed by trauma. Heiners suffering is omnipresent, and Lenas struggle to hold her own in an imbalanced relationship dominated by his past is deeply moving. His stories are horrific and disturbing, but he cannot survive without them. Slowly, Lena learns to cherish her own past despite its apparent insignificance.

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