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Rosella Postorino
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At The Wolf's Table

Rosella Postorino



Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Fiction in translation


304 pages

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'They called it the Wolfsschanze, the Wolf's Lair. Wolf was his nickname. As hapless as Little Red Riding Hood, I had ended up in his belly. A legion of hunters was out looking for him, and to get him in their grips they would gladly slay me as well.'

Germany, 1943: Twenty-six-year-old Rosa Sauer's parents are gone, and her husband Gregor is far away, fighting on the front lines. Alone, she has little choice but to leave war-torn Berlin behind and live with her in-laws in a village near the Wolfschanze, the Wolf's Lair, Hitler's hidden headquarters.

Convinced that the enemy wants to poison him, Hitler conscripts ten women, including Rosa, to be his food tasters. Even though food is a luxury, eating the rich and decadent feasts Hitler will soon be served is an act of torture - after each meal, the women must wait an hour to see if they will die. Every minute seems like an eternity. None of the women are allowed to meet Hitler, none can enter the Wolfschanze, but the Fuhrer is a constant presence. He is in every conversation, in Rosa's thoughts, and forever on the radio. He looms large above them all, like some kind of deity.

As the war outside goes from bad to worse, so do the lives of the ten women trapped in the tasting room, forced to eat what may kill them. Rosa's friends are keeping explosive secrets, the vindictive SS officer put in charge of the tasters takes a special liking to her, and Rosa must figure out how she can stay alive as it becomes clear that she and her friends, her Hitler, everyone she knows, are on the wrong side of history.

By:   Rosella Postorino
Imprint:   SIMON451
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781925791969
ISBN 10:   1925791963
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

'Vividly written, tense historical fiction that's well on the way to becoming a global bestseller' * Spectrum * 'Compelling and truly well written' * Huffington Post * 'Unsettling and compelling...Stays with you, and for a long time' * La Repubblica * 'As engaging as a great film.' * Vanity Fair * `Postorino reconstructs a truly unusual everyday existence in which the rules have changed and there is no room for accommodations ... With literary skill she weaves together historical facts and fiction...' * Corriere della Sera, Italy * `Hailed as the new The Reader...the wording is rich, precise. At every twist and turn, the masterfully developed narration avoids predictability and comforting outcomes, up to the surprise ending...' * La Repubblica, Italy *

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