Books by Shaun Whiteside

BLITZED by Norman Ohler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Written with dramatic flair (Ohler has published several novels in Germany), this book adds significantly to our understanding of the Third Reich."
An intense chronicle of "systematic drug abuse" in Nazi Germany. Read full book review >
RAIF BADAWI, THE VOICE OF FREEDOM by Ensaf Haidar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"A sobering exposé of Saudi Arabian culture and a tribute to the courage and strength of both the author and her husband."
In a slim volume originally published in Germany last year, the wife of imprisoned human rights activist Raif Badawi keeps her husband's plight in the public eye. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 13, 2015

"A riveting portrait of what Kurt Weill called the 'total breakdown of all human dignity,' revealed through the bric-a-brac of war-shattered lives."
From the absurd to the sublime, and everywhere heartbreaking: a collage of voices from the tail end of the world's conflagration. Read full book review >
MY GRANDFATHER'S GALLERY by Anne Sinclair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"The book shows the birth of modern art midwifed by a man we'd like to know better. Did Sinclair feel a need to protect some family history? Even so, she offers an intriguing window into the art scene of the early to mid-1900s."
French TV journalist Sinclair carefully accesses a wealth of family archives in her study of the biggest art dealer in Europe until World War II, her grandfather Paul Rosenberg (1881-1951). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Will appeal to those interested in the Mafia, but casual readers may get caught up looking for the story and have a hard time absorbing the material."
Journalist Reski personalizes her longtime coverage of the Italian Mafia in this short recent history of the organization. Read full book review >
PERLMANN'S SILENCE by Pascal Mercier
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"The setup is worthy of a David Lodge or Malcolm Bradbury, but Mercier lacks the humor of either of those English satirists; instead, the novel settles into a kind of slow funk, the literary equivalent of moping, as Perlmann wrestles with what to do next, surprised by his own torpor and reluctance. But for readers of a philosophical bent, appreciative of slowly unfolding, elegant tales, this will be a pleasure."
A slow-moving portrait of grief and dislocation by the author of the fast-moving Night Train to Lisbon (2007). Read full book review >
SORRY by Zoran Drvenkar
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 22, 2011

"Ignore the literary and philosophical pretensions and hang on for the ride."
An intricately plotted but thematically belabored German thriller. Read full book review >
THE WEEKEND by Bernhard Schlink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Amid ongoing revelation, all narrative strands (and there are many) are tied neatly by the end."
A tight literary contrivance by the novelist best known for The Reader (1997). Read full book review >
MANITUANA by Wu Ming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2009

"A worthy treatment of a history too little known, though nowhere near as delightful or as quirky as Q and '54."
Odd, spirited, tale of educated Indians, savage Europeans and bad mojo in the American outback at the time of the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >
VENICE IS A FISH by Tiziano Scarpa
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Plenty of atmosphere and attitude, but not much else; this would have been better as a snappy magazine article."
Definitely not your father's travel guide: A native Venetian offers some playful aperçus about La Serenissima. Read full book review >
MY FATHER’S COUNTRY by Wibke Bruhns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2008

"A disturbing portrait of one segment of German society in a time of national crisis."
Journalist Bruhns explores the life of her father, a German officer executed in 1944 for his complicity in the plot to assassinate Hitler. Read full book review >
SCHOOL’S OUT by Christophe Duffosé
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 2007

"Way funnier than most mysteries, and more thrilling than most comic novels."
This audacious, genre-bending debut novel fuses an academic comedy of manners with an existential murder mystery. Read full book review >
THE LAST DRAGON by Silvana De Mari
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Readers are left assured that kindness and hope will prevail, however tenuously, over anger and fear. (Fantasy. 10+)"
In the first section of this wise, warmhearted fairytale, the elf Yorsh is only a sweetly naïve child; but as the last of his kind, he accepts his destined burden to return summer to a world of endless rain and famine. Read full book review >
THE SCENT OF YOUR BREATH by Melissa P.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"An experimental work that relentlessly tests states of reality versus fantasy."
A second self-assured sexual coming-of-age tale by the young Sicilian author of 100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed (2004). Read full book review >
54 by Wu Ming
Kirkus Star
by Wu Ming, translated by Shaun Whiteside
THRILLERS
Released: July 3, 2006

"Don Camillo meets The Name of the Rose meets Dr. No: a rewarding beach book for grownups."
Grant, Cary Grant. Super secret agent. Not just in Hitchcock films, but in real life. Read full book review >
NAPOLEON’S EXILE by Patrick Rambaud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2006

"Lively, true to history and a pleasure for period buffs."
Everybody loves a winner. Lose your throne to the combined armies of Europe, though, and it's a different story. Read full book review >
LET ME GO by Helga Schneider
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"Survivor's tales come in as many shapes as mothers. This one, from the dark side, is as affecting as a kick in the stomach."
Mothers come in all shapes and persuasions: this one enthusiastically joined the Waffen SS, abandoned her children, and embraced her tasks at Auschwitz, as gloomily recounted in her daughter's memoir. Read full book review >
ALL THAT COUNTS by Georg Oswald
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"As an amorality tale of the modern middle-class materialist lifestyle, there's nothing new here. As entertaining satire, Brett Easton Ellis did it with more style and imagination a decade ago."
A slight tale of skewed values and yuppie angst in a stiff translation from the German. Read full book review >