Wartime Lies

By Louis Begley
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

6.08 Hours 01/01/2008 unabridged
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As the world slips into the throes of war in 1939, nine-year-old Maciek’s once closeted existence outside Warsaw is no more. When Warsaw falls, the orphaned Maciek escapes with his sharp-tongued aunt Tania. Posing as Catholic Poles to hide their Jewish identity, they endure the war together—running, hiding, changing their names, forging documents to secure their temporary lives—as the insistent drum of the Nazi march moves ever closer to them and to their secret wartime lies. This exquisite, acclaimed novel of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of a young Polish boy was chosen by the New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year, nominated for the National Book Award, and won the 1991 Irish Times–Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 1992 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award

Winner of the 1991 Irish Times/Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize

Winner of the Prix Médicis Étranger, France’s prize for fiction in translation

A 1991 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction

A 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A 1991 New York Times Top 10 Book

As the world slips into the throes of war in 1939, nine-year-old Maciek’s once closeted existence outside Warsaw is no more. When Warsaw falls, the orphaned Maciek escapes with his sharp-tongued aunt Tania. Posing as Catholic Poles to hide their Jewish identity, they endure the war together—running, hiding, changing their names, forging documents to secure their temporary lives—as the insistent drum of the Nazi march moves ever closer to them and to their secret wartime lies.

This exquisite, acclaimed novel of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of a young Polish boy was chosen by the New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year, nominated for the National Book Award, and won the 1991 Irish Times–Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Extraordinary…Rich in irony and regret…[the] people and settings are vividly realized and his prose [is] compelling in its simplicity.” Wall Street Journal
“[A] searing story of the quest for an authentic self in an insane world.” Publishers Weekly
“A moving addition to Holocaust literature and one well recommended.” Library Journal
“[Written] In a stark style reminiscent of Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird.” Audiofile

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Author

Author Bio: Louis Begley

Louis Begley lives in New York City. His previous novels are The Man Who Was Late, As Max Saw It, About Schimdt, Mistler’s Exit, Schmidt Delivered, and Shipwreck.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English