The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl : The Definitive Edition

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Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is an inspiring and tragic account of an ordinary life lived in extraordinary circumstances that has enthralled readers for generations. This Penguin Modern Classics edition is edited by Otto H. Frank and Mirjam Pressler, translated by Susan Massotty, and includes an introduction by Elie Wiesel, author of Night.

'June, 1942: I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.'

In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe', fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary. Since its publication in 1947, Anne Frank's diary has been read by tens of millions of people. This Definitive Edition restores substantial material omitted from the original edition, giving us a deeper insight into Anne Frank's world. Her curiosity about her emerging sexuality, the conflicts with her mother, her passion for Peter, a boy whose family hid with hers, and her acute portraits of her fellow prisoners reveal Anne as more human, more vulnerable and more vital than ever.

If you enjoyed The Diary of a Young Girl, you might also like Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, available in Penguin Classics.

'One of the greatest books of the twentieth century'

'A modern classic'
Julia Neuberger, The Times
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 267g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • Ill.
  • 014118275X
  • 9780141182759
  • 88,991

About Anne Frank

Anne Frank was born on 12 June 1929. She died in Bergen-Belsen, three months short of her sixteenth birthday. Elie Wiesel (1928 - 2016) was born in Sighet, Transylvania, which is now part of Romania. He was fifteen years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. After the war, Elie Wiesel studied in Paris and later became a journalist. During an interview with the distinguished French writer, Francois Mauriac, he was persuaded to write about his experiences in the death camps. The result was his internationally acclaimed memoir, La Nuit or Night, which has since been translated into more than thirty languages.
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The "Guardian" review on the back of this book names is "One of the greatest books of the twentieth century." And so it is. Yet it is not great because of the quality or style of the writing. It is not great because of the narrative, or because of the characters. It is not great because it contains any particular wisdom. It is great because it encapsulates and brings down to an individual level, the most evil criminal enterprise in the last 100 years. I struggle to comprehend the notion of millions of Jews being systematically exterminated. I hear the numbers, but they don't make sense. I don't, however, struggle to understand Anne and her fellow inmates in the Secret Annexe, hiding from the Nazis who infested Amsterdam during the Second World War. She stands as a proxy for her people, and it is sobering to realise that this one, single tragedy represents one six-millionth of the overall tragedy. As a book, Anne's diary is perhaps one of the only books where every reader knows the ending before they begin. And as the months pass by, we realise that she is drawing closer and closer to her doom. She bounces through young womanhood, until she is suddenly - and without warning - cut silent. The fact that she does not see it coming, while we do, is simply agonising. It is trite for me to recommend this book. Millions have already read it, and millions more will do so. This is one book which every civilised person simply must read, at some point in their more
by Anthony Marinac
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