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The Seventh Cross

The Seventh Cross

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By Anna Seghers
Translated by Margot Bettauer Dembo

“A masterpiece. Written in the midst of terror, but with such clarity, such acuity; Seghers is a writer of rare insight.”—Rachel Seiffert, author of A Boy in Winter  

“Not only an important novel, but an important historical document. This new, unabridged translation is a genuine publishing event.”—Joseph Kanon, author of The Good German and Leaving Berlin

“A fascinating insight into life in pre-war Nazi Germany just as the horrors of the Nazi regime were beginning to unfold. This is an important novel, as much for its picture of German society as for its insight into the psyche of ordinary people confronting their personal fears and mixed loyalties while an escapee from an early concentration camp attempts to avoid recapture.”—Simon Mawer, author of The Glass Room

A revelatory World War II novel about a German prisoner of war fleeing for the border and encountering a variety of Germans, good and bad and indifferent, along his way. Now available in a new English translation.

The Seventh Cross is one of the most powerful, popular, and influential novels of the twentieth century, a hair raising thriller that helped to alert the world to the grim realities of Nazi Germany and that is no less exciting today than when it was first published in 1942. Seven political prisoners escape from a Nazi prison camp; in response, the camp commandant has seven trees harshly pruned to resemble seven crosses: they will serve as posts to torture each recaptured prisoner, and capture, of course, is certain. Meanwhile, the escapees split up and flee across Germany, looking for such help and shelter as they can find along the way, determined to reach the border. Anna Seghers’s novel is not only a supremely suspenseful story of flight and pursuit but also a detailed portrait of a nation in the grip and thrall of totalitarianism.

Paperback
416 Pages
NYRB Classics, 2018
Originally published in 1942
4.3 x 0.9 x 7.6 inches
ISBN 9781681372129
Thriller, Fiction

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