Book List in Order:6 titles

  • Jurek Becker was one of the giants of postwar German literature. The novel for which he is best-known, JACOB THE LIAR, won wide acclaim, was awarded the Heinrich-Mann and Charles Veillon Prizes, and was made into two movies. It has been called "a nov...



  • One of the most remarkable novels of the Holocaust ever written, Jakob the Liar is a tale of everyday heroism and the extraordinary power of illusion. Set in an unnamed German-occupied ghetto, the story centers on an unlikely hero, Jakob Heym, who ac...


  • "East Berlin, 1973: an 18-year-old Jew discovers that his father's friends are holding prisoner a former Nazi concentration camp guard in the family cottage. The three older men have handcuffed the ex-Nazi to the bed and are interrogating and torturi...


  • An East German schoolteacher is jolted into an awareness of his mortality by a seeming heart attack. The actions he takes afterword put him on a collision course with the state in which he has painlessly, if numbly, lived his life. The results, whi...


    • / General Fiction
    • Buy Buy

    Cut off from all news of the war along with thousands of fellow prisoners, Jacob Heym accidentally overhears a radio broadcast that reveals the Red Army's advancement and is forced to tell a series of lies in order to explain his knowledge....