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The Emperor of Lies

Steve Sem-Sandberg

The Emporer of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg is a compelling tale of power, corruption and compromise from one of Scandinavia’s most revered authors.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571259212
Date Published
05.01.2012
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Summary

A compelling tale of power, corruption and compromise from one of Scandinavia’s most revered authors.

In February 1940, the Nazis established what would become the second largest Jewish ghetto in Poland, in the city of Lódz. Its chosen leader: Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, a sixty-three-year-old Jewish businessman. Mysterious, ambiguous and monarchical, ‘King Chaim’ forced adults and children alike to work punishing hours providing supplies for the German military. Thousands of others were transported and never seen again.

Was Rumkowski an accessory to the Nazi regime, driven by lust for power, or was he a pragmatic strategist, actively saving Jewish lives through apparent collaboration? Steve Sem-Sandberg draws on genuine chronicles of life in the Lódz ghetto to capture the full panorama of human resilience, and to question the nature of good and evil.

SteveSem-Sandberg

Steve Sem-Sandberg was born in 1958. He is the award-winning Swedish author of The Emperor of Lies, an international bestseller which received the August Prize. His most recent novel is The Chosen Ones, which was awarded the Prix Medicis Etranger in 2016. He divides his time between Vienna and Stockholm.

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