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The separation

Author: Christopher Priest
Publisher: Baltimore : Old Earth Books, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st US edView all editions and formats
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"The separation is the story of twin brothers. Rowers in the 1936 Olympics, they meet Rudolf Hess, Hitler's deputy; one joins the RAF, and captains a Wellington; he is shot down after a bombing raid on Hamburg and becomes Churchill's aide-de-camp; his twin brother, a pacifist, works with the Red Cross, rescuing bombing victims in London. But this is not a straightforward story of the Second World War: this is an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Alternative histories (Fiction)
Fiction
Science fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Priest
ISBN: 1882968336 9781882968336
OCLC Number: 62559212
Awards: Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Description: 338 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Christopher Priest.
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"The separation is the story of twin brothers. Rowers in the 1936 Olympics, they meet Rudolf Hess, Hitler's deputy; one joins the RAF, and captains a Wellington; he is shot down after a bombing raid on Hamburg and becomes Churchill's aide-de-camp; his twin brother, a pacifist, works with the Red Cross, rescuing bombing victims in London. But this is not a straightforward story of the Second World War: this is an alternate history: the two brothers - both called J.L. Sawyer - live their lives in alternate versions of reality. In one, the Second World War ends as we imagine it did; in the other, thanks to efforts of an eminent team of negotiators headed by Hess, the war ends in 1941. The separation is an emotionally riveting story of how ordinary people can make a difference; it's a savage critique of Winston Churchill, the man credited as the saviour of Britain and the Western World, and it's a story of how one perceives and shapes the past"--Publisher's description.

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