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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 01/09/2006
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'This is the story of how I became a man ...' In May 1939, the SS St. Louis left Hamburg for Havana, carrying almost a thousand refugees from Hitler's Germany. Over the following weeks, the ship criss-crossed the ocean, buffeted alternately by hope and disappointment, as it sought asylum in a friendly port and war drew inexorably closer. Based on actual events, Michael Arditti's enthralling new novel is the memoir of one of the passengers, fifteen-year-old Karl, heir to a department store fortune. He recounts both the horror and excitement of the trip, along with his personal voyage of discovery, as he learns the truth about his family, battles Nazi crew members and plans mutiny. Most momentously, he describes his first, passionate love affair with the beautiful young Johanna. "A Sea Change" is a mesmerising journey through history. A tale of dreams and betrayal, of courage and resilience, of romance and reconciliation, it unforgettably evokes an extraordinary summer in which a boy crosses the threshold from youth to maturity.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781904559214
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 342 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A moving and heartening story in which spirit triumphs over political barbarity -- Edna O'Brien
Brilliant use of a momentous journey . . . A gripping and adroit fusion of history with personal drama -- Rose Tremain
A fine example of how resonant fiction based on real events can be * Economist *
Tender and perceptive . . . a totally absorbing read * Daily Mail *
A famous story, retold by Arditti with warmth, vividness and gentle wisdom * The Times *
Arditti succeeds in creating fiction that is morally serious, moving and intense * Times Literary Supplement *
This moving rites-of-passage tale is as readable as it is profound * Express *

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“A Sea Change”

One of the best things about A Sea Change is how the author fits fact and fiction together like a hand in a glove. Ardittis weaving together of the true journey of the SS St Louis as it transported Jewish refugees out... More

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