Translator: Deborah Bragan-Turner
Author: Daniel Birnbaum
Year of Publication: 2022
The former director of the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm makes his literary debut with this dramatic and riveting novel of book publishing, émigrés, spies, and diplomats in World War II Sweden, based on his grandfather’s life.
In 1933, after Hitler and the Nazi Party consolidated power in Germany, Immanuel Birnbaum, a German Jewish journalist based in Warsaw, is forbidden from writing for newspapers in his homeland. Six years later, just months before the German invasion of Poland that ignites World War II, Immanuel escapes to Sweden with his wife and two young sons. A fascinating portrayal of the astonishing connections and often mysterious players illuminated by his grandfather’s remarkable wartime life.