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Eva's Cousin (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback – December 2, 2003
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Orange Prize-winning author of When I Lived in Modern Times
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Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This is beautifully written, nuanced fiction, not an action-packed thriller, but I was riveted to the page even so. More dramatic and disturbing than the image of Nero fiddling while Rome burned, is one of the New Year Eve Ball, (1944-45), at the Platerhof Hotel in Obersalzberg, near Adolph Hitler's Bavarian mountain retreat. It was not a party for ascetics. Featured on the menu were: goose liver pate, larded saddle of venison, eels in aspic, Parma ham and overflowing bottles of champagne - all one could drink, and more. However, the hungry were not to be fed at this feast. The hungry and starving were in Auschwitz and Dachau. They were slave laborers in German factories. They were women and children throughout Europe. They were soldiers at the front.Read more ›
What a wonderful translation by Anthea Bell. Too often I am oblivious to the "greatness" of European literature because the translations are stilted and self-conscious. Not so here -- the flow of the narrative is seamless.
I'm disappointed that none of this author's other novels have been translated into English. But we're lucky to have this one. Don't let the negative reviews from people who clearly can't figure out what they're reading when they're reading it stop you from picking it up.
This work has inspired me to look into additional German literature of this genre. "Eva's Cousin" is an introspective work, and I found it very effective despite some of the more contrived aspects of the plot. (Did Marlene really hide an escaped prisoner in the tea house?)
Three months after completing this book in our bookclub, we still find ourselves returning to this book as a point of departure for discussing our other readings.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read and a different take on the Nazi activitiesPublished 10 months ago by Laura Strehlau
I have recently developed an intense interest in Hitler, his personal life, his relationship with Eva Braun, Eva as a person and a general working out of the mysteries to my... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Miss Hater
I guess this is is proof that one can experience history without having an original though in one's head. Read morePublished on September 5, 2005 by F. Chloupek
Like many others, I've always been fascinated by the story of Eva Braun, but (maybe because I'm Jewish) was also afraid to really take a good look. Read morePublished on March 12, 2005 by hawthorne wood
This book is a novel written by a cousin of Eva Braun, who never met Eva until 1944. She spent a few weeks at her side, but admits in interviews that she never met Adolf Hitler,... Read morePublished on July 5, 2003 by Candace Scott