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Jeder stirbt für sich allein

Aufbau Digital


Ein einzigartiges Panorama des Berliner Lebens in der Nazizeit: Hans Falladas eindrückliche und berührende Darstellung des Widerstands der kleinen Leute avanciert rund sechzig Jahre nach der Entstehung zum internationalen Publikumserfolg. Erst jetzt erscheint erstmals die ungekürzte Fassung nach dem bislang unveröffentlichten Originalmanuskript.

Ein Berliner Ehepaar wagte einen aussichtslosen Widerstand gegen die Nazis und wurde 1943 hingerichtet. Von ihrem Schicksal erfuhr Hans Fallada aus einer Gestapo-Akte, die ihm durch den Dichter und späteren Kulturminister Johannes R. Becher in die Hände kam. Fieberhaft schrieb Fallada daraufhin im Herbst 1946 in weniger als vier Wochen seinen letzten Roman nieder und schuf ein Panorama des Lebens der „normalen“ Leute im Berlin der Nazizeit: Nachdem ihr Sohn in Hitlers Krieg gefallen ist, wollen Anna und Otto Quangel Zeichen des Widerstands setzen. Sie schreiben Botschaften auf Karten und verteilen sie in der Stadt. Die stillen, nüchternen Eheleute träumen von einem weitreichenden Erfolg und ahnen nicht, dass Kommissar Escherich ihnen längst auf der Spur ist.

Diese Neuausgabe präsentiert Falladas letzten Roman erstmals in der ungekürzten Originalfassung und zeigt ihn rauer, intensiver, authentischer. Ergänzt wird der Text durch ein Nachwort, Glossar und Dokumente zum zeithistorischen Kontext.

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Rudolf Ditzen alias HANS FALLADA (1893 Greifswald – 1947 Berlin), zwischen 1915 und 1925 Rendant auf Rittergütern, Hofinspektor, Buchhalter, zwischen 1928 und 1931 Adressenschreiber, Annoncensammler, Verlagsangestellter, 1920 Roman-Debüt mit »Der junge Goedeschal«. Der vielfach übersetzte Roman »Kleiner Mann – was nun?« (1932) macht Fallada weltbekannt. Sein letztes Buch, »Jeder stirbt für sich allein« (1947), avancierte rund sechzig Jahre nach Erscheinen zum internationalen Bestseller. Weitere Werke u. a.: »Bauern, Bonzen und Bomben« (1931), »Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frißt« (1934), »Wolf unter Wölfen« (1937), »Der eiserne Gustav« (1938).

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Die Hungrigen und die Satten

Eichborn


Vom Autor von ER IST WIEDER DA!

"Ein großartiges Buch: lustig, böse, traurig!" KESTER SCHLENZ, STERN

Deutschland hat eine Obergrenze für Asylsuchende eingeführt, ganz Europa ist bis weit nach Nordafrika hinein abgeriegelt. Jenseits der Sahara entstehen riesige Lager, in denen Millionen von Flüchtlingen warten, warten, warten. So lange, dass man in derselben Zeit eigentlich auch zu Fuß gehen könnte, wäre das nicht der sichere Tod.

Als die deutsche Starmoderatorin Nadeche Hackenbusch das größte dieser Lager besucht, erkennt der junge Lionel die einmalige Gelegenheit: Mit 150.000 Flüchtlingen nutzt er die Aufmerksamkeit des Fernsehpublikums und bricht zum Marsch nach Europa auf. Die Schöne und die Flüchtlinge werden zum Quotenhit. Und während sich der Sender über Live-Berichterstattung mit Zuschauerrekorden und Werbemillionen freut, reagiert die deutsche Politik mit hilflosem Wegsehen, Kleinreden und Aussitzen. Doch je näher der Zug rückt, desto mehr ist Innenminister Joseph Leubl gefordert. Und desto dringlicher stellen sich ihm und den Deutschen zwei Fragen: Was kann man tun? Und in was für einem Land wollen wir eigentlich leben?

Timur Vermes' neuer Roman ist eine Gesellschaftssatire, aktuell, radikal, beklemmend und komisch zugleich. DIE HUNGRIGEN UND DIE SATTEN fängt dort an, wo der Spaß aufhört.

"Wenn Timur Vermes' Erstlingswerk ER IST WIEDER DA böse, realistisch und komisch ist, so ist sein zweiter Geniestreich böser, realistischer und komischer." CHRISTOPH MARIA HERBST

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"Ein großartiges Buch: lustig, böse, traurig!" Kester Schlenz, STERN, 23.08.2018

"Man diskutiert über einen Grenzzaun, gar über Starkstrom und Selbstschussanlagen - also über das, was der Mob will. Und so fragt das Buch, ob eine solche Entwicklung das Land nicht viel stärker veränderte als die Zuwanderung einiger Hunderttausend." Tilman Spreckelsen, FAZ

"Nur wenige Deutsche wagen und können Unterhaltung so brisant wie Timur Vermes." Marc Reichwein, DIE WELT

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Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt

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Der Roman einer betrogenen Generation.

Dieter Noll, als "Remarque des 2. Weltkriegs" gefeiert, schildert. den Weg junger Männer seiner Generation. Hungrig nach Abenteuern und männlicher Bewährung, ziehen sie begeistert in den Krieg. Nach erniedrigendem Drill, endlosen Nächten der Erschöpfung und Angst am Flakgeschütz erleben sie im Inferno der Rückzugsschlachten ihre völlige Desillusionierung und den moralischen Zusammenbruch.

Frühjahr 1943. „Es gibt kein Abenteuer, nur den Krieg“, erklärt Werner Holt und hofft wie die anderen Gymnasiasten, dass man sie endlich zur Flak einzieht, dass der Krieg wirklich erst richtig losgeht, damit sie ihr Leben einsetzen können wie der Räuber Karl Moor und sie sich keine Gedanken mehr machen müssen um verpatzte Lateinarbeiten. Die Sechzehnjährigen müssen nicht lange warten, bis sie auf dem Kasernenhof stehen. Das Abenteuer hat begonnen, das Abenteuer Krieg mit Gefahr, Frauen und Bewährung. Doch als sie gegen Partisanen eingesetzt werden, sind die Fronten schon lange nicht mehr klar, und als sie im Panzer hocken, um russische Panzerspitzen aufzuhalten, tobt um sie das Chaos der letzten Kriegstage, und plötzlich muß man seine Waffe gegen die eigenen Leute richten, um nicht in den Untergang hineingezogen zu werden.

Weltweit wurde dieser Klassiker der Anti-Kriegsliteratur millionenfach verkauft.

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Dieter Noll wurde 1927 in Riesa geboren. 1944 bis 1945 war er Luftwaffenhelfer, Arbeitsmann und Panzerschütze und geriet dann in amerikanische Gefangenschaft. Von 1947 bis 1950 studierte er Germanistik, Kunstgeschichte und Philosophie in Jena und war von 1950 bis 1956 Redakteur und Mitarbeiter der Zeitschrift »Aufbau« in Berlin. Er starb am 6. Februar 2008 in Wernsdorf bei Berlin.Nachdem Dieter Noll Reportagen und Erzählungen veröffentlicht hatte, wurde der Roman »Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt. Roman einer Jugend« (1960) sofort zu einem Erfolg (Verfilmung 1965). Der zweite Teil mit dem Untertitel »Roman einer Heimkehr« (1963) berichtet vom Nachkriegsschicksal des Helden. 1979 erschien der Roman »Kippenberg«.

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Octopus Intelligence

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Set in New York, Tehran, Port au Prince and Tegucigalpa, Octopus Intelligence tells the story of two desperate men. One, a former intelligence contractor suffering from a mysterious ailment, has returned home to find an oblique message spelled out on his bedroom floor. Another, a self-medicating paleontologist, has just discovered a four hundred million year old transitional cephalopod in the Moroccan desert. One will be liberated, and the other lost, in this extraordinary novel of paranoia, politics, scientific rivalry, pain management and postmodern theatre.{Guernica Editions}

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Timothy Quinn's work has appeared in Z Magazine, The New Orleans Review, The Antigonish Review and Whiskey Island Magazine, among others. He currently lives in Toronto.

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Under Fire

ATHENA-Verlag | Literaturen und Kulturen Afrikas


Under Fire mirrors a decaying society. Readers' focus is rather reduced to the life of university students in an unjust and unstable political environment. The students of the university depicted in the novel have lost everything. Their privileged status has been eradicated and they now have to beg and negotiate for everything. It is a narrative which documents the complexities and difficult decisions that face the students in striking a manageable balance between self-preservation and not compromising their ideals. Their discontent and dissatisfaction with the system is exploited by the military to stay in power. The story is interspersed with light-hearted banter among the students and a hint of romance. The author has constructed a fast-moving and accessible plot. He demonstrates an acute, social and political awareness which extends to and is reflected by his portrayal of the micro-politics of the structure of the university.

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A Woman Scorned

Orca Book Publishers | Sebastian Casey Mystery


Vancouver city councilor George Hamilton Nash has left his wife of twenty years and moved into a posh West End condo. A wealthy man about town, Nash appears to be enjoying all the pleasures the city has to offer, until he turns up dead. The note left behind indicates suicide, and the police are satisfied with this. But Sebastian Casey, a reporter for the West End Clarion who knew something of Nash's reputation as a lady's man, is not so sure. He doesn't buy suicide and sets out to prove otherwise, amidst trouble in his own relationship, and with no shortage of suspects, including the wife left behind. The break Casey needs comes from a most unlikely source.

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A former fingerprint specialist with the Vancouver Police Department, James Heneghan has won numerous awards for his books for young readers, including the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Award three times for Flood, Wish Me Luck and The Grave. James lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Rich and Poor

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Who hasn’t, at one time or another, considered killing a billionaire?

Rich and Poor is a novel of a man who washes dishes for a living and decides to kill a billionaire as a political act. It is literature as political theory and theory as pure literary pleasure—a spiralling, fast-paced parable of joyous, overly self-aware, mischievous class warfare.

As his plan proceeds and becomes more feasible, the story cuts back and forth between his and the billionaire’s perspectives, gradually revealing how easily the poisons of ambition, wealth and revolutionary violence can become entangled. A fable of not knowing how to change the world and perhaps learning how to do so in the process.

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Praise for Rich and Poor:

"For far too long, literature has deemed it inconvenient to speak about the rich and the poor. Jacob Wren's intriguing novel calls this notion into question. Details, short impressions, the very temperature of fleeting events—these are what make this book great, precisely because it deliberately eschews all bombast. The narrative, in the way it projects the past as a perpetual present, produces in the reader the illusion of being inside a manual of minutiae, being written alongside the act of reading itself. Wren’s ability to speak about the abstruse and unusual, hidden in all that is profane in our social comings and goings, forms the basis of the novel’s magnificent and defining concept, one that does not seek to be a testimony, but rather, to be rapturous metaphor." —Sergio Chejfec

Additional Praise for Jacob Wren:

"Everything Jacob Wren touches interests me, excites me. He's both sophisticated and innocent in attitude. He's a kind of wise, old man and open-hearted lover. With his vivacious ideas, wordplay, and the serious and inane served up on the same plate—Wren lifts my spirits, intellectual and other, because to know he's writing so beautifully in this mad, sad world is a wonderful thing." —Lynne Tillman

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Jacob Wren makes literature, performances and exhibitions. His books include: Unrehearsed Beauty, Families Are Formed Through Copulation, Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed and Polyamorous Love Song (a finalist for the 2013 Fence Modern Prize in Prose and one of the Globe and Mail’s 100 best books of 2014). As co-artistic director of Montréal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created the performances: En français comme en anglais, it’s easy to criticize, Individualism Was A Mistake, The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information and Every Song I’ve Ever Written. He travels internationally with alarming frequency and frequently writes about contemporary art.

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Palestine

Guernica Editions


Somewhere in the West Bank, an Israeli patrol is attacked by Palestinian commandos. One soldier is killed and another kidnapped. Wounded, in a state of shock, the hostage loses hold of reality and forgets everything, even his own name. Eventually rescued and taken in by two Palestinian women, he becomes Nessim, brother of Falastìn, an idealist law student, and son of Asmahane, the blind widow of an official shot dead in an ambush. Nessim passes through the looking glass, suffering the daily anguish of the inhabitants of the colonized West Bank. In this poignant novel, Hubert Haddad makes Falastìn a modern Antigone: proud, untamed and the victim of man's cruelty. Reflecting the beauty of the setting in his style, he models a modern tragedy in all its horror and absurdity.

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A novel that is admirable in its simplicity on one of the most complex subjects ever (…) Probably one of the most beautiful books from a writer who takes a stance against his times.

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Under Budapest

Goose Lane Editions


Ailsa Kay lays out the literary equivalent of a jigsaw puzzle in Under Budapest, bringing into stark relief the triumphs, calamities, and desperation of two North American Hungarian families and those whose lives they've touched. There's Agnes and Tibor, mother and son, travelling to Hungary for reasons they keep to themselves, he to recover from a disastrous love affair, she to search for a sister gone missing during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. There's Janos, a self-styled player and petty thug, who schemes to make it rich in post-communist Hungary. And there's Gyula and Zsofi, caught up in a revolution that will change the face of Hungary forever. Their lives are all connected by a conflagration of events: The legacy of wartime violence, past allegiances, long-buried rivalries, and secrets from the past. Through riveting narratives that spring back and forth through time, Under Budapest captures the drama and ravages of the Hungarian Revolution and the eras that followed. A dark ode to memory, Kay's intimate spectacle demonstrates that actions have consequences, that the past cannot be shaken, that all events can carry the possibility of repercussion.

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"[A]n ambitious, multi-faceted plot, and a fast-paced ride through the dark side of Hungary that will leave you hungry for more of Kay's work."

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"The Budapest imagined by Kay is not the city that tourists frequent. There is no sitting in turn-of-the-century cafes, no walks along the Danube, and definitely no postcard scenes of church towers and the wildly ornate parliament buildings. Right from the start, this Budapest is nasty, vicious, callous and brutal. ... Under Budapest is a page-turner whose author is a brilliant observer of realistic detail, an uncompromising presenter of some fascinating characters, and an interesting adapter of Hungarian slang. Kay is an exceptionally talented writer who moves with ease between past and present, and between the voices and perceptions, beliefs and deceptions of each of her characters."

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"[A] family drama, a crime thriller, and a war novel all in one. ... an exceptional novel of family and war, of intimate loss and gain."

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"Alisa Kay's grasp of this understanding of history and story makes Under Budapest a compelling read. ... her novel snakes like the Danube, with surprises around each bend."

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"This story is very well told, deftly folding in long flashbacks to create a neatly paced and very evocative recounting of the heady, scary, exhilarating times for the idealistic young people who tried without success to rid their country of its Soviet overlords. ... [A] fine sense of place with marvellous descriptions of the gritty venality lying beneath the city of postcards and travelogues, Kay's Budapest is populated by schemers and connivers, corrupt police and casually cruel young people. The book will not make anyone want to visit, which is to its credit."

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"The result is her first novel spiced with suspence and history and with characters who linger on in the reader's imagination when the story ends. ... The author succeeds in her compelling novel, Under Budapest, to reveal much of what lies beneath. As her deftly woven story illustrates for the current generation, the past is rich in stories, secrets and lessons."

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"Under Budapest becomes a riveting and tautly plotted historical drama. The author captures the frenzy and terror of the city as the Soviet tanks roll in, and the psychological impact the invasion has on her characters. Best of all, she never overplays the novel's chief metaphor: Budapest's tunnels, which act as stand-ins for the depths of human suffering and human endurance. Kay handles this symbolism like a seasoned pro."

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"In clean, often insightful prose, Kay's narrative moves seamlessly between past and present."

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Ailsa Kay fell in love with Budapest on a 2004 visit and has since lived there off and on for short intervals. She has taught writing at college and university where she has learned from her students to laugh a lot, swear occasionally, and always risk that leap of faith. Kay's short fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Exile and the New Quarterly. After twenty years in Toronto, she recently returned to her hometown of Fergus, Ontario. Under Budapest is her first novel.

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The Iron Bridge

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Shortlisted, Danuta Gleed Literary Award

In a bold, brilliant collection of stories, Dora Award-winning playwright Anton Piatigorsky delivers a superbly inspired inquiry into the early lives of the 20th century's most notorious tyrants. In The Iron Bridge, he is unafraid to push at the boundaries of the unexpected as he breathes fictionalized life into the adolescents who would grow up to become the most brutal dictators the world has ever known.

We discover a teenaged Mao Tse-Tung refusing an arranged marriage; Idi Amin cooking for the British Army; Stalin living in a seminary; and a melodramatic young Adolf Hitler dreaming of vast architectural achievements. Piatigorsky dazzlingly explores moments that are nothing more than vague incidents in the biographies of these men, expanding mere footnotes into entire realities as he ingeniously fills the gaps of the historical record.

The Iron Bridge, completely imagined yet captivatingly real, captures those crucial instants in time that may well have helped to deliver some of the most infamous leaders in history.

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"With an invigorating mix of classic storytelling and inventiveness, Anton Piatigorsky's pitch-perfect, acutely attuned stories delve deep, and far, and wide, The Iron Bridge is an assured, unique collection, and a seamless transition to fiction from one of our best playwrights."

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"Provocative. There are many ways to try to understand the makers of genocidal or nationalist catastrophe. The least effective method is to dismiss them as monsters, as inhuman freaks of nature with no foothold in our own culture. Piatigorsky's approach runs counter to this tendency, as he uses his playwright's skills to dramatize his reading of character by way of such mundane aspects as adolescent angst, unsettled erotic yearning, family squabbles or personal weakness. Piatigorsky, a two time dora Mavor Moore Award winner for his playwriting, is skilled at dramatizing these situations by way of dialogue and detailed settings."

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"An astounding collection of intricate and rigorous character studies. The Iron Bridge bravely takes us deep into the nuanced, damaged psyches of men we would prefer to think of as monsters. Thrilling, brazen, brilliant, and deeply felt. The most compelling stories I've read in years."

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"An absolutely thrilling read. All six stories vibrate with rich detail and a kinetic narrative. But what makes this book truly special is Anton Piatigorsky's ability to harness and exploit the reader's pre-existing knowledge of, and chilling fascination with, his terrifying protagonists."

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"Piatigorsky's stories are fictional, but they come to life as earnestly as if they were true: his characters are so well-drawn that the scenes played out by the adolescent Mao, and young Soso Stalin, and finally a sulky and explosive Hitler, do indeed seem very real, very possible... Piatigorsky does a beautiful job of setting the stage for each episode in a way that makes every one a new and exhilarating foray into these vulnerable and volatile psychological spaces. An engaging and active read that successfully gives us the glimpse at possibilities, giving us something to explore through fiction in a way that reality cannot... [T]he collection is highly readable, and exciting, and the motif of the young dictator and the issues this raises aren't an aggressive affront to the reader — instead the collection is an enjoyable experience, with significant pay-off."

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"Piatigorsky's unobtrusive merger of fiction and history, both cultural and personal, into the stream of his narratives, points to a gathering black cloud on the horizon beyond each conclusion. All stories are gripping and structurally intelligent."

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"Anton Piatigorsky has found a rich gothic seam in 20th-century dictatorship, and, in six subtle and learned tales, sets the genre upon the weird adolescences of Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Mao, Stalin, Rafael Trujillo and Hitler. The Iron Bridge is such a rich text, based on such weighty sources...that each story demands essays and dissertations in response. Piatigorsky solves historical fiction's dilemmas with enviable skill and originality."

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"Piatigorsky's skill as a playwright translates well into novel writing. His descriptions clearly allow the reader to empathize with the protaganist — a great trick when one realizes one is reading about the childhood of a hated dictator.... And Piatigorsky is great in describing emotions, even when the sentiment is cold and foreign to the reader.... Anton Piatigorsky's The Iron Bridge is a thought-provoking read. Make a reader rethink and consider history is one thing that good literature is meant to do, which this novel has done in abundance."

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"That these monsters-to-be are given such convincing humanity is a testament to Piatigorsky's delicate craft, his patience and subtle creativity with the historical material at hand, and insight into the darkest possibilities of the human mind."

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"Piatigorsky never attempts to answer the question about human nature. Each of his characters is carefully constructed, and the reasons behind why they would go on to become menacing figures and murderers of such magnitude are left to the reader's imagination. This is the strength of The Iron Bridge: the idea is not to explain, but to narrate. These are good stories — well-written, interesting, and engaging. The premise is not a gimmick, so much as a jumping-off point for the fiction. The Iron Bridge is an intriguing idea, well executed."

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"Clever and convincing... Toronto-based author Anton Piatigorsky — a writer of plays, librettos and fiction — manages to present this sextet of future tyrants in fiction as deeply flawed people ... The stories, which all seem plausible, provide us with some real insight into the protagonists' manipulative minds, thus providing perspective into their adult actions as murderous psychopaths."

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Anton Piatigorsky has twice won the Dora Mavor Moore Award. Eternal Hydra, commissioned by the Stratford Festival, was called "one of the best Canadian plays of the past decade" by NOW magazine and opened in Vancouver at the Touchstone Theatre in October 2012. The chamber opera, Airline Icarus, for which he wrote the libretto, won the Italian Primo Fedora Award in 2011. He was most recently the playwright in residence for Soulpepper. His play, Breath in Between, premiered at Toronto's Summerworks Festival in August 2012.

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