Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.
Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.
This title has Common Core connections.
Antonio Iturbe lives in Spain, where he is both a novelist and a journalist. In researching The Librarian of Auschwitz, he interviewed Dita Kraus, the real-life librarian of Auschwitz.
Lilit Zekulin Thwaites is an award-winning literary translator. After thirty years as an academic at La Trobe University in Australia, she retired from teaching and now focuses primarily on her ongoing translation and research projects.
Karl Stern has never thought of himself as a Jew; after all, he's never even been in a synagogue. But the bullies at his school in Nazi-era Berlin don't care that Karl's family doesn't practice religion. Demoralized by their attacks against a heritage he doesn't accept as his own, Karl longs to prove his worth.
Then Max Schmeling, champion boxer and German hero, makes a deal with Karl's father to give Karl boxing lessons. A skilled cartoonist, Karl has never had an interest in boxing, but now it seems like the perfect chance to reinvent himself.
But when Nazi violence against Jews escalates, Karl must take on a new role: family protector. And as Max's fame forces him to associate with Nazi elites, Karl begins to wonder where his hero's sympathies truly lie. Can Karl balance his boxing dreams with his obligation to keep his family out of harm's way?
Includes an author's note and sources page detailing the factual inspirations behind the novel.
A cielo abierto cuenta las increíbles proezas de tres grandes amigos que marcaron la historia de la aviación, y es, además, un homenaje al autor de El Principito, un escritor inolvidable que supo ver la realidad con ojos de niño.
Antonio Iturbe ha escrito una novela apasionante gracias al cuidado equilibrio entre la acción trepidante y la sutil emotividad proyectada por la mirada de Saint-Exupéry sobre el mundo, a la perfecta caracterización de los personajes y a la ambientación tanto de los salones parisinos y los círculos literarios neoyorquinos como del universo que rodeó a aquellos legendarios aviadores. Una celebración de la esencia de la literatura en un relato de amistad, de sueños imposibles, de amor y pasión, del placer de volar y descubrir, desde el cielo, un planeta hermoso cargado de misterios.
«Un narrador de aliento poderoso», Antón Castro.
«Antonio Iturbe combina la precisión documental del periodista de raza con una gran fluidez narrativa», Sergio Vila-Sanjuán.
«Un escritor arriesgado y valiente», Adolfo García Ortega.