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    Description"The Silences of Hammerstein", the latest work from one of Germany's most significant contemporary authors, engages readers with a blend of documentary, collage, narration, and fictional interviews. The gripping plot revolves around the experiences of real-life German General Kurt von Hammerstein and his wife and children. A member of an old military family, a brilliant staff officer, and the last commander of the German army before Hitler seized power, Hammerstein, who died in 1943 before Hitler's defeat, was nevertheless an idiosyncratic character. Too old to be a resister, he retained an independence of mind that was shared by his children: three of his daughters joined the Communist Party, and two of his sons risked their lives in the July 1944 plot against Hitler and were subsequently on the run until the end of the war. Hammerstein never criticized his children for their activities, and he maintained contacts with the Communists himself and foresaw the disastrous end of Hitler's dictatorship. In "The Silences of Hammerstein", Hans Magnus Enzensberger offers a brilliant and unorthodox account of the military milieu whose acquiescence to Nazism consolidated Hitler's power - and of the heroic few who refused to share in the spoils.


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    Title
    The Silences of Hammerstein
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Translated by Martin Chalmers
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 402
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 215 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 620 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781906497224
    ISBN 10: 1906497222
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GERMNY
    B&T Approval Code: P25208000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 19
    DC22: 355.331092
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A24323050
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000, FIC041000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    LC classification: DD247.H252 E4913 2009
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Imprint name
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Publication date
    01 November 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Greenford
    Author Information
    Hans Magnus Enzensberger, often considered Germany's most important living poet, is also the editor of the book series Die Andere Bibliothek and the founder of the monthly TransAtlantik. His books include Lighter Than Air: Moral Poems and Civil Wars: From L. A. to Bosnia. Martin Chalmers has translated works by Hubert Fichte, Ernst Weiss, Herta Mueller, Alexander Kluge, Emine Sevgi Oezdamar, and Erich Hackl.
    Review quote
    "An astonishing story of betrayal and human decency, about the possibilities of resistance of the most various kinds.... A book without heroes but with heroic moments and small gestures of resistance.... An unbelievably thrilling book." - Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung "The book is impossible to put down." - Frankfurter Rundschau "Enzensberger has written an unusually exciting book, one in which the age of extremes is condensed in a quite surprising way." - Die Zeit"