Saints and Villains: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 25, 2010 - Fiction - 487 pages
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An astonishing historical novel in the tradition of Schindler's List--evoking powerfully the danger and heroism of the Nazi resistance.

What is the price of acting morally in a time of great evil, when sin and necessity seem twinned? Saints and Villains is a strikingly resonant novel that dramatizes this painful dilemma through the fictional re-creation of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This emblematic figure risked his life--and finally lost it--through his participation in the failed plot to assassinate Hitler and topple the Nazi regime. In a gripping and sweeping narrative that moves from Berlin to London to New York City, encompassing shattering historical events, clandestine meetings, perilous missions abroad, and eventual imprisonments and death, Denise Giardina brings to life an instance of shining courage in the charnel house that was Europe in the Second World War. A novel that is bold in conception and utterly convincing in its powers of fictional re-creation--a literary event.

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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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User Review  - jlcarroll - LibraryThing

A compelling read that intertwines a fictionalized version of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life with Nazi Germany's rise and fall. While I wonder how accurate Giardina's portrait of Bonhoeffer is ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

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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