Saints and Villains

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Ballantine, 1999 - Fiction - 512 pages
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IN THE CHARNEL HOUSE THAT WAS EUROPE IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR, THERE WERE FEW INSTANCES OF SHINING MORAL COURAGE, LET ALONE SECULAR SAINTHOOD. DIETRICH BONHOEFFER, THE GERMAN THEOLOGIAN AND NAZI RESISTER, WAS THE EXCEPTION. THIS EMBLEMATIC FIGURE RISKED HIS LIFE -- AND FINALLY LOST IT -- THROUGH HIS PARTICIPATION IN A FAILED PLOT TO ASSASSINATE HITLER AND TOPPLE HIS REGIME. SAINTS AND VILLAINS GIVES US THIS EXEMPLARY LIFE IN A SWEEPING NARRATIVE THAT IS BOLD IN CONCEPTION AND UTTERLY CONVINCING IN ITS POWER OF IMAGINATIVE RECONSTRUCTION.

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User Review  - honoliipali - LibraryThing

This historical fiction was six years in the making. It is heavy on dialogue between many people that the author could not have interviewed. I would like to believe the dialogue to be accurate but ... Read full review

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A very special author. although this is fiction it is very fascinating. Read full review

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Denise Giardina is the author of Storming Heaven, Emily's Ghost, and Saints and Villains, which won the Boston Book Review Prize. She is an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church and lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

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