We Germans (Hardback)Alexander Starritt (author)
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Probing the complex issues of war guilt and collective responsibility, Starritt’s humane, questioning novel is framed as a letter from an elderly German to his British grandson, detailing his involvement on the Eastern Front in the Second World War. Written with acuity and emotional intelligence, We Germans forms a hugely important addition to the canon of war literature.
When a young British man asks his German grandfather what it was like to fight on the wrong side of the war, the question is initially met with irritation and silence. But after the old man's death, a long letter to his grandson is found among his things.
That letter is this book. In it, he relates the experiences of an unlikely few days on the Eastern Front - at a moment when he knows not only that Germany is going to lose the war, but that it deserves to. He writes about his everyday experience amid horror, confusion and great bravery, and he asks himself what responsibility he bears for the circumstances he found himself in. As he tries to find an answer he can live with, we hear from his grandson what kind of man he became in the seventy years after the war.
We Germans is a fundamentally human novel that grapples with the most profound of questions about guilt, shame and responsibility - questions that remain as live today as they have always been.
Publisher: John Murray Press
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 315 g
Dimensions: 222 x 142 x 28 mm
'An impressively realistic novel of German soldiers on the eastern front, raising the fundamental questions of individual and collective guilt.' - Antony Beevor
'A remarkable and audacious novel that is harrowingly real and, at the same time, asks the most searching questions about men at war.' - William Boyd'This may be only his second novel, but Alexander Starritt is already showing striking signs of ambition ... a visceral examination of guilt, collective and individual, centred on a small group of bedraggled German soldiers on the eastern front . . . individual episodes are vividly done, and the book has a gritty realism. Its arguments about the equivocal nature of guilt on the battlefield can be arresting.' - The Times
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