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    DescriptionThis is the captivating story behind "Schindler's List," the Booker Prize-winning book and the Academy Award-winning Spielberg film. Keneally tells the tale of the unlikely encounter that propelled him to write about Oskar Schindler and of the impact of his extraordinary account on people around the world. Thomas Keneally met Leopold "Poldek" Pfefferberg, the owner of a Beverly Hills luggage shop, in 1981. Poldek, a Polish Jew and a Holocaust survivor, had a tale he wanted the world to know. Charming, charismatic, and persistent, he convinced Keneally to relate the incredible story of "the all-drinking, all-screwing, all-black-marketeering Nazi, Oskar Schindler. But to me he was Jesus Christ." "Searching for Schindler" is the engrossing chronicle of Keneally's pursuit of one of history's most fascinating and paradoxical heroes. Traveling throughout the United States, Germany, Israel, Poland, and Austria, Keneally and Poldek interviewed people who had known Schindler and uncovered their indelible memories of the Holocaust. Keneally's powerful narrative rose quickly to the top of bestseller lists. Steven Spielberg's magnificent film adaptation went on to fulfill Poldek's dream of winning "an Oscar for Oskar." (Keneally's anecdotes about Spielberg, Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and other cast members will delight film buffs.) Written with candor and humor, "Seaching for Schindler" is an intimate look at Keneally's growth as a writer and the enormous success of his portrait of Oskar Schindler.


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    Title
    Searching for Schindler
    Subtitle
    A Memoir
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Keneally
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780385526173
    ISBN 10: 0385526172
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    DC21: 823
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: BGHA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBTZ1
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15580
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940, CHRN/1930, TOPC/HOLOCT
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 06, 30
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 48
    BISAC V2.8: HIS043000
    Abridged Dewey: 823
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000, BIO026000
    B&T Approval Code: P25104885
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A25890000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: PR9619.3.K46 Z46 2008
    LC subject heading:
    Edition
    1
    Edition statement
    In the USA.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
    Publisher
    Nan A. Talese
    Imprint name
    Nan A. Talese
    Publication date
    14 October 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Thomas Keneally has won international acclaim for his novels "Schindler's List" (the basis for the movie and the winner of the Booker Prize), "The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith," "Confederates," "Gossip from the Forest," "The Playmaker," "Woman of the Inner Sea," "A River Town," "Office of Innocence," and "The Tyrant's Novel." His most recent works of nonfiction are "A Commonwealth of Thieves," "The Great Shame," and "American Scoundrel." He resides in Sydney, Australia.
    Review quote
    "Had I read "Searching for Schindler" before making the film, I may have made it an hour longer. I owe you so much. The world owes you more." --Steven Spielberg "In this touching and often humorous memoir, [Keneally] recounts months traveling to Germany, Israel, Austria, the U.S. and Poland with Poldek to interview 'Schindlerjuden' - the survivors rescued by Schindler.... Keneally engages the reader with tales about himself as well. He writes about becoming a novelist, his creative anxieties that fueled the writing process, his experiences with publishers and the toll writing the book took on him and his family. Hollywood anecdotes about Spielberg and the film's stars, including Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes, provide a fascinating insider view of how movies are made. What's hard to fathom is that before Keneally walked into Poldek's shop nearly three decades ago, Schindler was hardly known. This is the story of how that changed forever." -"USA Today" "The Australian author is a genial, unaffected companion in this leisurely voyage around "Schindler's List" (1982).... In prose so clear it glistens, he describes working on early drafts of the screenplay with Steven Spielberg (who eventually, gently, fired him) and the production of the film, much of which he observed.... An essential companion to the original novel." -"Kirkus Reviews" "Keneally provides some interesting insights into the process of turning a series of decades-old remembrances into a great book. The strength of this work, however, are the stories of the survivors and their efforts to live with a degree of normalcy." -"Booklist" "The star of "Searching for Schindler," from beginning to end, is not Mr. Keneally but Mr. Page [the Holocaust survivor who introduced Mr. Keneally to Schindler's story]. He begs, he exhorts, he presses money into the hands of the needy, he opens every door Mr. Keneally needs opened, often through sheer force of will and pers