SUMMER CATALOGUE OUT NOW: VIEW

Close Notification

Your cart does not contain any items

Inge's War

A Story of Family, Secrets and Survival Under Hitler

Svenja O'Donnell

$35.00

Paperback

In stock
Ready to ship

QTY:

Ebury Press
28 April 2020
Biography; Memoirs; True stories: discovery, historical & scientific; Second World War
'A lyrical, engrossing and essential read' - Sathnam Sanghera 'A superbly nuanced reclamation of history and family secrets' - Brian Van Reet, author of SpoilsWhat does it mean to be on the wrong side of history?Svenja O'Donnell's beautiful, aloof grandmother Inge never spoke about the past. All her family knew was that she had grown up in a city that no longer exists on any map- K nigsberg in East Prussia, a footnote in history, a place that almost no one has heard of today. But when Svenja impulsively visits this windswept Baltic city, something unlocks in Inge and, finally, she begins to tell her story.It begins in the secret jazz bars of Hitler's Berlin. It is a story of passionate first love, betrayal, terror, flight, starvation and violence. As Svenja teases out the threads of her grandmother's life, retracing her steps all over Europe, she realises that there is suffering here on a scale that she had never dreamt of. And finally, she uncovers a desperately tragic secret that her grandmother has been keeping for sixty years.Inge's War listens to the voices that are often missing from our historical narrative - those of women caught up on the wrong side of history. It is a book about memory and heritage that interrogates the legacy passed down by those who survive. It also poses the questions- who do we allow to tell their story? What do we mean by family? And what will we do in order to survive?
By:   Svenja O'Donnell
Imprint:   Ebury Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 153mm
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9781529105469
ISBN 10:   1529105463
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   28 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Svenja O'Donnell is an award-winning political correspondent and commentator whose work regularly features on TV and radio. Before covering Brexit for Bloomberg, she worked as a correspondent in Russia. Half-Irish and half-German, she was born and brought up in Paris, and lives in London. Inge's War is her first book.

Reviews for Inge's War: A Story of Family, Secrets and Survival Under Hitler

Too often the most dramatic, fascinating human stories are lost to history because they are never documented. Thankfully, Svenja O'Donnell has rescued the extraordinary saga of her grandmother, a saga filled with love and betrayal and secrets, a saga that illuminates the nature of war and memory. Using her remarkable skills as a reporter and writer, O'Donnell has recorded this story so meticulously and beautifully that it will remain forever in our consciousness * David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON and THE LOST CITY OF Z * O'Donnell beautifully weaves together her family history with themes of love, guilt and betrayal * Jack Fairweather, bestselling author of the Costa-prize winning THE VOLUNTEER * Inge's War is a superbly nuanced reclamation of history and family secrets. With much empathy and skill, Svenja O'Donnell gives us a long withheld, powerful true story of love and suffering on the wrong side of the battle lines in World War II. It's a timely reminder that a nation's politics and people are not one and the same, that the innocent are sometimes punished for collective sins, and that women, across ages and cultures, have silently borne the brunt of war in ways we are only beginning to reckon with * Brian Van Reet, author of SPOILS * Svenja O'Donnell turns her skills as an investigative journalist to unearthing a vitally important, powerful, and painful family story from World War Two. I was gripped as Inge's War revealed secrets within secrets, and exposed the dark realities of ordinary people's wartime lives to the light. * Suzannah Lipscomb * It feels increasingly urgent to remember the lessons of World War II and I cannot think of anyone better than Svenja O'Donnell to navigate us through this particular slice of history. A lyrical, engrossing and essential read * Sathnam Sanghera *


See Also