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On the Rope: A Hero's Story

On the Rope: A Hero's Story

By Erich Hackl
Translated by Stephen Brown

"This captivating story continues to work in me, a convincing appeal for humanity and solidarity"―Doron Rabinovici, an Israeli-Austrian writer, historian and essayist

"Erich Hackl’s On the Rope is a compelling story of unheralded courage and survival. With prose stripped to the bone, it reminds us that humanity in the middle of great inhumanity is still a possibility"―Andrew Williams, author of A Passing Fury: Searching for Justice at the end of WWII

"It’s not historic factuality that Hackl is after … his definition of truth looks different. His text is truthful, it captures what stories people tell him and how they tell them to him."―Samuel Moser, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

As German Jews, Regina Steinig and her daughter Lucia are forced into hiding during the Second World War. Finding refuge in the workshop of a local beltmaker, they hold on to each other as they live in constant fear of discovery by his neighbors and customers. When their hideaway is damaged in an air raid in the closing months of the war, the women are forced on the run and are locked in a desperate battle for survival.

Based on a true story, On the Rope is an account of extreme courage in the face of danger, violence, and hatred. Exploring themes of displacement and survival, friendship and family, it ends with the women’s efforts to bring recognition the selfless heroism of those who faced tremendous personal risk in order to protect them. A novella by one of Europe’s most prominent literary novelists, On the Rope layers deeply personal stories in a grounded historical account of life before, during, and after the Second World War. It paints a vivid picture of the hardships forced upon people by conflict and separation, depicting the forming and unravelling of relationships as a fact of life.

Paperback
180 pages
Haus Publishing, 2020
5 x 8 x 0.5inches
ISBN 9781912208845
History, World War II

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