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Wenn das der Führer sähe … Von der Hitler-Jugend in Filbingers Fänge

Acabus Verlag


Jacqueline Roussety lässt in ihrem Roman „Wenn das der Führer sähe …“ das schlesische Mohrau wieder lebendig werden: den Alltag in den 30er Jahren, die schlesischen Bräuche, die Jahreszeiten – und das erste Automobil. Doch von 1932 bis 1945 halten die nationalsozialistischen Ideologien auch in Schlesien Einzug und beeinflussen besonders die jungen Menschen. Walter Gröger war eines ihrer Opfer; Hans Filbinger, der Mann, der sein Todesurteil vergaß. Doch Walters Schwester vergaß nie … Schlesien in den 30er Jahren. Walter Gröger und seine Schwester Johanna wachsen behütet in Mohrau auf. Doch nach und nach zerstört der aufkeimende Nationalsozialismus die friedliche Idylle. Trotzdem zieht Walter Gröger freiwillig in den Krieg: Diese Gier nach Abenteuer, nach Heldentum! Er wird auf die „Scharnhorst“ geschickt – das große deutsche Kriegsschiff. Schnell wird aus dem Jugendtraum ein Albtraum. Am 26. Dezember 1943 wird die „Scharnhorst“ von der britischen Marine versenkt. Die Familie trauert, als überraschenderweise ein Brief von Walter aus dem Wehrmachtsgefängnis eintrifft. Er war nach einer durchzechten Weihnachtsfeier nicht auf sein Schiff zurückgekehrt … Daraufhin wird er wegen Fahnenflucht verhaftet und 1945 erschossen. Mitverantwortlich für das Todesurteil war Dr. Hans Karl Filbinger, der spätere Ministerpräsident Baden-Württembergs. Die Sätze, mit denen er versuchte, seine Taten zu rechtfertigen, erschüttern noch heute: „Was damals rechtens war, kann heute nicht Unrecht sein.“ Im hohen Alter erzählt Johanna Gröger die Geschichte vom ungerechten Tod ihres Bruders. Die Autorin Jacqueline Roussety war tief berührt von dem Kampf der alten Frau um die Würde ihres Bruders, der in diesem apokalyptischen Krieg einen sinnlosen Tod sterben musste. Ein Schicksal, das viele andere Soldaten, aber auch Männer in Zivil, Frauen und Kinder erlitten. „Walter Gröger – er stand für mich stellvertretend für 30 000 wegen Desertion verurteilter Wehrmachtsoldaten; davon etwa 20 000 Urteile vollstreckt, verhängt von deutschen Richtern gegen junge Männer, die sich gegen diesen aussichtslosen Krieg entschieden hatten. … Demgegenüber stand ein Mann, der 93 Jahre alt werden durfte, immer gut gelebt hat, in der Politik tätig war – selbst nachdem er hatte zurücktreten müssen. Die Lebensläufe von Walter Gröger (1922–1945) und Dr. Hans Karl Filbinger (1913–2007) konnten nicht unterschiedlicher sein. Ihrer beider Begegnung im März 1945 zog für den einen eine „politische Affäre“ nach sich, für den anderen bedeutete sie den frühen, aus heutiger Sicht ungerechten Tod.“ (Jacqueline Roussety)

 
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Dustship Glory

Athabasca University Press | Mingling Voices


In this new edition of a prairie classic, Andreas Schroeder fictionalizes the true story of Tom Sukanen's wild scheme to build an ocean-going ship in the middle of a wheat field in Saskatchewan. Set during the hardships of the "Dirty Thirties," Dustship Glory presents us with Sukanen's mythic effort to escape both the drought and pestilence of his time, as well as his own personal struggle to be free. Featuring an illuminating foreword by beloved Saskatoon writer Don Kerr, Dustship Glory will provide Canadian and international audiences alike with the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the dramatic tale of a ship that still stands in the fields south of Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan.

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Andreas Schroeder is a Canadian novelist, poet, and nonfiction writer. In addition to his twenty-three books, his writing has also been published in over a hundred North American anthologies and magazines. Shaking It Rough: A Prison Memoir was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award, and the original edition of Dustship Glory was nominated for the Seal First Novel Award. He lives in the village of Roberts Creek on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast.

 
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Abby's Fabulous Season

Second Story Press


In 1955, girls who played hockey were rare, and there was no chance for them to play on a boy's team. But Abby Hoffman, a nine-year-old girl with a short haircut, supportive parents, and plenty of bravado, manages to bluff her way onto the all-star team in the boy's league. If her secret is discovered, she'll fight to keep the place she's earned on her team. Inspired by the real-life Abby Hoffman's story.

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Alain M. Bergeron is a big hockey fan. He is a prolific author of books for young people. He lives in Victoriaville, Quebec.

 
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Involuntary Bliss

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Even in death, he said, the novella’s power would bind us together, all of us who had read it, appealing as it did equally to our emotions and our intellects.

A bond between three friends forms over a mutual fascination with an obscure Peruvian novella and is fractured by an accidental death. From the streets of Montreal's Plateau and Latin Quarter to the ruins of Machu Picchu, award-winning author Devon Code's Involuntary Bliss traces this tragic affinity with dark humour and linguistic verve.

Over one hazy weekend in late August, an unnamed narrator visits his troubled friend James following a gap of many months. The two young men are set adrift in the city by way of James's memories, which flow out of him as lush set pieces—an affair, a stint volunteering at a children's hospital, a striptease show—assembling a picture of James's haunted life in the wake of their close friend's death.

By turns comic, erotic, tender and harrowing, this freewheeling narrative sees Montreal's bohemians and biker gangs entwine with psychotropic shamanic practices in the mountains of Peru, in a tale of friendship and mortality as unpredictable as it is true to life.

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A wry elegy for youth and a melancholy ode to Montreal. Almost as disquieting as it is entertaining, Involuntary Bliss is a literary derangement of the senses and an elegant addition to the current stream of coming-of-age fiction. —Mike Steeves, author of Giving Up

"Involuntary Bliss is the right kind of coming-of-age-as-an-artist novel in that it's wry, dark, and mercifully self-aware. Even when he literally lets us admire his impressive scaffolding, Code remains a natural storyteller with a clear, urgent voice. This is a sophisticated and impressive debut." &mdashJonathan Bennett, author of The Colonial Hotel and Entitlement

"How does one create urgency and profound emotional attachment in a novel about two characters conversing as they wander around Montreal? By writing one beautiful, brilliant sentence after another. By constructing an essential, inimitable spiral of narrative encoded, like DNA, with a particular life. Devon Code is up to the job: Involuntary Bliss is a marvel." —Alissa York, author of The Naturalist

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Devon Code is the award-winning author of fiction, short stories, and critical reviews. In a Mist, Code's first collection of short stories, was longlisted for the 2008 ReLit Award and was included on The Globe and Mail’s "Best Books" list. In 2010, Code was the recipient of the Journey Prize for his story "Uncle Oscar." His reviews of literary fiction have appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Quill & Quire, and Canadian Notes & Queries. Originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Code lives in Peterborough, Ontario. Involuntary Bliss is Code's first novel.

 
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On June 6, 2012, Vickie Gendreau was diagnosed with a brain tumour. In between treatments, between hospital stays and her "room of her own," she wrote Testament, an autofictional novel in which she imagines her death and at the same time, bequeaths to her friends and family both the fragmented story of her last year and the stories of the loved ones who keep her memory alive, in language as raw and flamboyant as she was.

In the teasing and passionate voice of a twenty-three-year-old writer, inspired as much by literature as by YouTube and underground music, Gendreau's sense of image, her relentless self-deprecation, and the true emotion in every sentence add up to an uncompromising work that reflects the life of a young woman who lived without inhibitions, for whom literature meant everything right up until the end.

In this way, Testament (translated by talented writer and translator Aimee Wall), inverts the elegiac, "grief memoir" form and plays with the notion of a last testament, thereby beating any would-be eulogists to the punch.

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This novel… was felt like a literary tsunami, with the cries of her prose and the intrinsic qualities of her writing. —Jean-François Crépeau, Le Canada français

"Testament's fragmented texts alternate between the narrator’s private journal and the voices of her friends as they receive her posthumous writing. It is an uncompromising experience, brutal when you least expect it." —Chantal Guy, La Presse

"There is, in Testament, a voice, an energy, a style. Vickie Gendreau was a real talent as a writer. It won't please everyone, but it's undeniable. Yes, it's a cry, sometimes harsh, sometimes confused, it is gut-wrenching and, surprise, is also shot through with touches of humour." —Jean-Yves Girard, Chatelaine

"In addition to the confronting her own imminent mortality, Gendreau takes determined ownership of her legacy." —Steven W. Beattie, Quill and Quire

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Vickie Gendreau was born in Montréal in 1989. While working in Montréal strip clubs from October 2009 to June 2012, she was also active in the literary community, where she participated in events like the Off-Festival de poésie de Trois-Rivières. She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012, and passed away a year later. Her first novel, Testament, written after her diagnosis, was published in the fall of 2012 and was longlisted for the 2013 Prix littéraire France-Quèbec. Her second novel, Drama Queens, was published in 2014.

 
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Night Street

Goose Lane Editions


Winner, Dobbie Literary Award, FAW Barbara Ramsden Award, Sydney Morning Herald's Young Novelist Award, and The Australian/Vogel Literary Award

Night Street is the passionate story of a young painter, Clarice Beckett, who defies society's strict conventions and indifferent art critics alike and leads an intense private and professional life. With her extraordinary talent for making simple city and seascapes haunting and mysteriously revelatory, Clarice paints prolifically and lives largely, overcoming the seemingly confined existence. Inspired by the art and life of the Victorian artist Clarice Beckett (1887-1935), Night Street is the story of a painter who, having remained unmarried by choice, continues to live with her ageing parents. Hers is an existence which, from the outside, appears both restrictive and monotonous. In fact, it masks a vibrant and passionate hidden life. With a mobile painting trolley in lieu of a studio, Clarice makes her way through the streets and coastline of Melbourne at dawn and dusk where she creates sombre, enigmatic landscapes. Through her art, she enters into a world of sensuality and freedom, away from the constraints of a conservative and disapproving society. Thornell is a beautiful writer. Her evocation of the painter Clarice, who fights against societal conventions whilst being pushed, to outwardly adhere to them, is powerful, eloquent and moving. The clarity and simplicity of Thornell's writing resonates through the book, highlighting its undercurrent of fervour and passion, as it propels the narrative forward with a masterful sense of poetic urgency. Night Street began with Thornell's first encounter with the paintings of Clarice Beckett at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The subtle power of Beckett's enigmatic landscapes enabled her to imagine Clarice's inner life and shape an extraordinary novel.

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"Thornell's evocative, atmospheric language blends perfectly with her subject matter and is unquestionably what makes this novel such a unique read. The result is a portrait of Beckett that appropriates many of the techniques favoured by the painter, particularly, as Thornell acknowledges in the postscript to her novel, ‘squinting to soften edges and reach beyond detail in search for patterns of light and shade.’... Night Street is a beautifully crafted and compelling novel... Thornell not only enchants the reader with her well-balanced descriptions that resemble the very portraits and landscapes they describe, but also turns the reader onto a supremely talented yet tragically overlooked and undervalued painter, Claire Beckett."

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"Night Street is a sensual novel with painterly undertones, smokey and lovely. The intermingling of a woman's art and her charged secret lives forms a rapturous alchemy, electric and haunting."

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"In real life, the Australian Clarice Beckett was a tonalist painter famous for her misted landscapes. Thornell evokes this same ethereality but, unlike Beckett, she reveals her own marrow only in the briefest of glimpses."

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"In this original and sensual novel, Kristel Thornell immerses us in the painter's experience and sees with her eyes. It's uncanny! She seems to write in brush strokes."

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"In language subtle and fluid as brush strokes, Night Street insinuates past the surface and seeks, like painting, the place where landscape and character is indivisible. Based on the life of Australian artist Clarice Beckett, the writing is flecked with arresting insights, ridged with life's exigencies. This is a touching, unusual, beautiful book."

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"Thornell has crafted a world in which a woman artist negotiates the constraints of her era and her particular circumstances. In doing so, she has created word-canvases that depict the dark and the light of Clarice's life. The novel is rich with patterns of light and shade."

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"Thornell brings her images to life on the page, and uses language in a way that is just as intriguing... For Thornell's Clarice Beckett, it was only about art always, and Thornell has created a convincing portrayal of a woman so absorbed."

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"The novel manages to capture the paintings, and the life, of Beckett. Not much is actually known of Beckett, but portraying her life as a reflection of her paintings is inspired, especially as Thronell pulls it off."

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Born in 1975, Kristel Thornell grew up in Sydney, Australia, and the Blue Mountains. She studied French and Italian at the University of Sydney and spent a year in Italy, researching the author Giorgio Bassani and then teaching English as a foreign language. She has lived in North America for much of the last ten years, in Mexico, the United States, and Canada, where she completed an MA in English at the University of New Brunswick. She has also taught Italian language and literature, French and Spanish, and has published reviews, poetry, and fiction in a range of journals. She now lives in upstate New York.

 
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Sludge Utopia

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In a kind of Catherine Millet meets Roland Barthes baring of life with hints of the work of Chris Kraus, Sludge Utopia by Catherine Fatima is an auto-fictional novel about sex, depression, family, shaky ethics, ideal forms of life, girlhood, and coaching oneself into adulthood under capitalism.

Using her compulsive reading as a lens through which to bring coherence to her life, twenty-five-year-old Catherine engages in a series of sexual relationships, thinking that desire is the key to a meaningful life. Yet, with each encounter, it becomes more and more clear: desire has no explanation; desire bears no significance.

From an intellectual relationship with a professor, a casual sexual relationship, to a serious love affair, to a string of relationships that takes Catherine from Toronto to France and Portugal and back again, Sludge Utopia presents, in highly examined, raw detail, the perspective of a young woman's punishing though intermittently gratifying sexuality and profound internalized misogyny, which causes her to bring all of life's events under sexuality's prism.

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Praise for Sludge Utopia:

"Few recent novels have absorbed me so completely, and filled me with this kind of plain admiration: here is a fresh mind, a captivating voice, and analytical acuity. It leaves me feeling as though I had discovered a female, 21st century Henry Miller for all its unfiltered engagement in the raw and the real." —Sheila Heti, author of Motherhood and How Should a Person Be?

"This is a smart, frequently rewarding novel interested in abstraction, relations of power and understanding and contrasted with real sensations and feelings: sex, orgasm, touching, kissing, losing, loneliness, anxiety, etc." —Guillaume Morissette, author of The Original Face and

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Catherine Fatima is a writer who was born, raised and currently lives in Toronto. Sludge Utopia is her first book.

 
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The King's Consort

BWL Publishing Inc.


Most little girls dream of marrying their Prince Charming and having the happy ever after, but what if the fables we've been told don't tell the whole story? Born the illegitimate daughter of a seamstress in Denmark's mid-1800s, Louise Rasmussen rises to become a noted ballerina with the Royal Danish ballet, but getting pregnant with her own illegitimate child dashes her every hope and dream, forcing her to start a new life. Falling in love with Crowned Prince Frederik of Denmark should have made her life easier, but fate is fickle. Despite severe opposition from the nobility, Frederik weds Louise, the newly titled Countess Danner, soon after he is crowned King. Deeply in love, the two must fight to find some semblance of happiness in an environment that refuses to bend, and amid pending war and social turmoil, Louise and Frederik discover what is most important. Many claim she was a gold-digger, yet toward the end of her life, she creates Danner House, a home for unwed mothers and orphans, which still exists today.

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The King’s Consort is a captivating story about countess Danner and Frederik VII, being born and raised in Denmark, I have heard about Countess Danner all my life, passing the Countess Danner foundations house in Nansensgade, several times, I often thought what kind of person she was, and how life was at that time. reading "The King’s Consort" the long lost people comes to life, I got a glimpse of how Copenhagen were at that time. The difference of woman and men, I love the descriptions of the surrounding area. it draws a picture of a warm, wise woman, which to this day is still remembered for charity work is still going on, including through the orphanage buildings erected around the castle houses year after year children for a shorter or longer period need support and care. As in previous books by Debbie McClure, is also The King’s Consort well written.

 
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Neukirchener Aussaat


Haarlem, 1943: Die Jahre des Kriegs und der Besatzung haben Teuns Leben vollkommen auf den Kopf gestellt. Teun entdeckt nicht nur, dass sich sein Freund Jaap verändert hat und ihm etwas verheimlicht. Auch seine kleine Schwester, die geistig behindert ist, ist plötzlich in Gefahr. Gerade im richtigen Moment begegnet er Corrie und Betsie ten Boom. Doch dann sind die beiden verschwunden. Nun gerät sein Leben ganz durcheinander - erst als er Corrie wiedersieht, wird ihm so manches deutlich.

Ein spannungsreicher historischer Roman für Jugendliche, der auf wahren Begebenheiten beruht.

 
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Mozart's Wife

BWL Publishing Inc.


Giddy sugarplum or calculating bitch? Pretty Konstanze aroused strong feelings among her contemporaries. Her in-law's loathed her. Mozart's friends, more than forty years after his death, remained eager to gossip about her "failures" as wife to the world's first superstar. Maturing from child, to wife, to hard-headed widow, Konstanze would pay Mozart's debts, provide for their children, and relentlessly market and mythologize her brilliant husband. Mozart's letters attest to his affection for Konstanze as well as to their powerful sexual bond. Nevertheless, prominent among the many mysteries surrounding the composer's untimely death: why did his much beloved Konstanze never mark his grave?

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Waldron's writing is humorous, erotic, and fluid. Her beautiful use of words reveals the delicate, volatile intimacy inherent in marriage. In the antagonist, Waldron characterizes a woman's quiet (and sometimes not so quiet) struggle to remain the dutiful wife while also protecting her children and herself from her husband's self-destructive behavior. Mozart's Wife is a consuming piece that reminds us that all humans, regardless of talent or skill, are within the boundaries of fault and outside the lines of perfection. I highly recommend this wonderful book. --Melissa Levine,

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Not all who wander are lost.” Juliet Waldron was baptized in the yellow spring of a small Ohio farm town. She earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist’s model to brokerage. Twenty-five years ago, after the kids left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, hoping to create a genuine time travel experience for herself—and her readers—by researching herself into the Past. Mozart’s Wife won the 1st Independent e-Book Award. Genesee originally won the 2003 Epic Award for Best Historical, and she’s delighted that it’s available again from Books We Love. She enjoys cats, long hikes, history books and making messy gardens with native plants. She’s happy to ride behind her husband on his big “bucket list” sport bike.

 
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