Thursday, July 29, 2010

From Other Press

Two new books of interest from Other Press:

THE DEBBA (Other Press; July 13, 2010; $14.95) by award winning author Avner Mandelman

THE DEBBA is the page-turning story of an Israeli ex-assassin's quest to uncover his dead father's secret - and the truth about the birth of Israel. Mandelman was born in Israel and served in the Israeli Air Force during the Six-Day War. His story collection Talking to the Enemy was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the twenty-five best books of 2005, and by the American Library Association as the first recipient of the Sophie Brody Medal for outstanding achievement in Jewish literature. This is his first novel. A recent **starred** review in Kirkus proclaimed that "The author deftly blends a murder mystery with a nuanced examination of the intransigent Israeli-Arab conflict" and a **starred** Booklist declared that he "has written a first rate debut novel that tackles current issues in the Arab-Israeli conflict while revealing the paradoxes of Israeli life for those who embrace the arts yet must deal with violence on a daily basis."


THE WITNESS HOUSE (October 12, 2010; Other Press; $14.95) by Christiane Kohl

THE WITNESS HOUSE is the remarkable account of a villa on the outskirts of Nuremberg during the infamous war crime trials - and the people who passed through there. Autumn 1945 saw the start of the Nuremberg trials, in which high ranking representatives of the Nazi government were called to account for their war crimes. In a curious yet fascinating twist, witnesses for the prosecution and the defense were housed under the same roof. In this so-called Witness House, perpetrators and victims confronted each other in a microcosm that reflected the events of the high court. Presiding over the affair was the beautiful Countess Ingeborg Kálnoky who took great pride in her ability to keep the household civil and the communal dinners pleasant. In THE WITNESS HOUSE, the complexities of post-war Germany have never been conveyed so palpably. People with vastly disparate experiences lived side by side. As the most famous and significant trial of the 20th century unfolded, they lived together, broke bread, argued, fell in love, and found a way to understand one another. Kohl's journalistic vigor and personal connection to the project-culminating years of research-combine with her remarkably engaging prose style that sets the reader instantly at that tense little dinner table.

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