These letters, and occasional excerpts from the diary of Kim Malthe-Bruun, as edited by his mother, form a highly personal...

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HEROIC HEART

These letters, and occasional excerpts from the diary of Kim Malthe-Bruun, as edited by his mother, form a highly personal transcript of the thoughts of a young Dane, and have a lyrical-and with the passage of time- increasingly spiritual eloquence. At 17, shortly after his meeting with Hanne with whom he fell in love, he went to sea- and the majority of these letters are addressed to her and are fresh and fervent. Over and above, they describe the life aboard, the long weeks of inactivity when in port, his shocked contempt of German- and Russian- conduct. In the fall of 1944, Kim left the Merchant Marine to enter the resistance, was interned in December, and shortly thereafter sentenced to death. His farewell letters- entirely in terms of those who will receive them- are gallant and selfless in spirit.... The obvious parallel- with obvious contrasts- would be the Anne Frank diary- but one questions whether that audience can be reached- the material here is pretty fragmentary.

Pub Date: May 6, 1955

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Publisher: Random House

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1955