Children and Fire
A NovelBook - 2011
In this remarkable novel, set very early in Hitler's regime, Hegi funnels history through the perspectives and stories of individual characters. The reader gets a sense of how one society - educated, cultural, compassionate - can slip into a reality that's fabricated by propaganda and controlled by fear; how a surge of national unity can be manipulated into the dehumanization of a perceived enemy and the justification of torture and murder. But on this winter Tuesday in 1934, Thekla Koppen doesn't know, of course, how it will end. We do.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner, 2011.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Characteristics: 272 pages ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: Children & fire