Books by Margot Bettauer Dembo

THE SEVENTH CROSS  by Anna  Seghers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"A suspenseful but occasionally long-winded account of a prisoner's escape from a German concentration camp."
Anti-fascists fight back in World War II Germany in this novel that was written during the war. Read full book review >
THE SWIMMER by Zsuzsa Bánk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A startling piece of work in its lack of affect, reminiscent of the fiction and memoir of Jerzy Kosinski and Agota Kristof."
Life behind the Iron Curtain in post-1956 Hungary provides the backdrop for a nightmare childhood. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2004

"A well-considered slice of the Nazi era, and one with a happy ending."
A vivid reconstruction of the final weeks of Hitler's regime. Read full book review >
SUMMERHOUSE, LATER by Judith Hermann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"Stories, yes, but without characters a reader can care about, they remain surface only."
The ten stories in Hermann's debut are said to have been a great success at home (Hermann is a Berliner), but to the Yankee ear they seem to consist, for the most part, of youth, pose, and attitude. Read full book review >
AFTERTIME by Olaf G. Klein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

Aftertime ($24.95; May; 116 pp.; 0-8101-1504-2): This relentlessly depressing novel records the psychic disintegration of a young German woman who had been a student in Kiev at the time of a nearby nuclear reactor accident. Her fear that the earth has been poisoned triggers (failed) efforts to conceive and bear a healthy child, emotionless affairs with "forgettable men," and fantasies of monstrous mutations and disfigurements that comprise the most vivid moments in a story whose innate power is unfortunately vitiated by its thematic and rhetorical overfamiliarity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 1998

"Because of the variety of the author's experiences and the power of their expression here, if you could only read one Holocaust memoir—this should be the one."
Ably translated, this is an extraordinary Holocaust memoir wherein a young Czech woman undergoes a dizzying variety of hellish experiences. Read full book review >