This novel is inspired by the reallife story of Dita Poláchová, a 14-year-old Czech girl who is taken to the concentration camps at Auschwitz and becomes, thanks to her bravery and daring, the zealous guardian of the only books to exist in Nazi hell.
Exquisitely researched – the author interviewed the octogenarian on whom the character is based several times – and deeply moving, the epic story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive will touch many readers.
A tender, heartrending story about the power of reading.
This novel is based on the true story of a Czech girl whom the author interviewed several times in Prague. She risked her life to keep the magic of books alive.
A consummately original story: the fact that there were books in the concentration camps has not been explored by writers until now.
Rizzoli (Italy), Meulenhoff (The Netherlands), Planeta Manuscrito (Portugal), Akropolis (Czech Republic), Pegasus (Turkey), Ediouro (Brazil), RAO Books (Romania), Publik Praktikum (Serbia), Shanghai Century Literature Publishing Company (China), Shueisha (Japan), Henry Holt (USA), Ebury (UK), Pygmalion (France), Popcorn (Russia), Wydawnictwo Literackie (Poland), Merry Go Around (Thailand), Alexandra Kiadó (Hungary).