The Beautiful Mrs Seidenman (Abacus Books)

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The beautiful Jewish widow Irma Seidenman has three attributes that keep her out of the Warsaw ghetto: blonde hair, blue eyes, and excellent forged papers. But one day in 1943 an informer denounces her to the Gestapo - and in the thirty-six hours following her arrest unlikely links are forged between a chain of disparate people - Poles, Jews and Germans, with motives righteous and base -in the attempt to rescue her. Ranging back and forward in time, by turns tender, ironic, sad and funny, Szczypiorski constructs a pattern of intersecting lives in a masterly and deeply compassionate exposition, not just of Warsaw, but of all victims, persecutors and spectators alike in a world at war. Like a pebble dropped cleanly into deep water. The Beautiful Mrs Seidenman stirs ripples and echoes around the brief, bleak events that it describes... This magnificent novel, excellently translated, is both heart-wrenching and optimistic' Observer The authorial voice - now gentle, now sardonic, but always piercingly omniscient - creates an unforgettable group portrait' Kirkus Reviews 'There's a Jamesian tenderness towards the heroine and a rich celebration of her city which makes this subtle, surprising work a little masterpiece' Guardian

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Beautiful Irma Seidenman has three attributes that keep her out of the Warsaw ghetto: blonde hair, blue eyes and excellent forged papers. But one day an informer denounces her to the Gestapo, and in the 36 hours following her arrest, unlikely links are forged between a chain of disparate people.

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In the Nazi-occupied Warsaw of 1943, Irma Seidenman, a young Jewish widow, possesses two attributes that can spell the difference between life and death: she has blue eyes and blond hair.

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