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- DescriptionThe Am Spiegelgrund clinic, in glittering Vienna, masqueraded as a well-intentioned reform school for wayward boys and girls and a home for chronically ill children. The reality, however, was very different: in the wake of Germany's annexation of Austria on the eve of World War II, its doctors, nurses, and teachers created a monstrous parody of the institution's benign-sounding brief. The Nazi regime's euthanasia program would come to determine the fate of many of the clinic's inhabitants.Through the eyes of a child inmate, Adrian Ziegler, and a nurse, Anna Katschenka, Steve Sem-Sandberg, the author of the award-winning The Emperor of Lies, explores the very meaning of survival. An absorbing, emotionally overwhelming vel, rich in incident and character, The Chosen Ones is obliquely illuminated by the author's sharp sense of the absurd. Passionately serious, meticulously researched, and deeply profound, this extraordinary and dramatic vel bears witness to oppression and injustice, and offers invaluable and necessary insight into an intolerable chapter in Austria s past.
- Author BiographySteve Sem-Sandberg is a Swedish journalist, novelist, and translator. He is the award-winning author of The Emperor of Lies (FSG, 2009). He divides his time between Vienna and Stockholm.
- Author(s)Steve Sem-Sandberg
- PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
- Date of Publication02/08/2016
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFarrar, Straus and Giroux
- Weight839 g
- Width155 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine48 mm
- Translated byProfessor Anna Paterson
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards,With dust jacket
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