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The ghost keeper : a novel

Author: Natalie Morrill
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Patrick Crean Editions, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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In the years between the two world wars, Josef Tobak builds a quiet life around his friendships, his beloved wife, Anna, and his devotion to the old Jewish cemeteries of Vienna. Then comes the Anschluss in 1938, and Josef's world is uprooted. His health disintegrates. His wife and child are forced to flee to China. His closest gentile friend joins the Nazi Party and yet helps Josef escape to America. When the war  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Fiction
World War, 1939-1945
Psychological novels
Canadian novels
Novels
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Natalie Morrill
ISBN: 9781443450454 1443450456
OCLC Number: 1002126407
Description: 348 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Natalie Morrill.

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In the years between the two world wars, Josef Tobak builds a quiet life around his friendships, his beloved wife, Anna, and his devotion to the old Jewish cemeteries of Vienna. Then comes the Anschluss in 1938, and Josef's world is uprooted. His health disintegrates. His wife and child are forced to flee to China. His closest gentile friend joins the Nazi Party and yet helps Josef escape to America. When the war ends, Josef returns to Vienna with his family and tries to make sense of what remains, including his former Nazi friend who, he discovers, protected Josef's young female cousin throughout the war. Back among his cemeteries in Austria's war-shattered capital, Josef finds himself beset by secrets, darkness and outward righteousness marred by private cruelty. As the truth is unearthed, Josef's care for the dead takes on new meaning while he confronts his own role in healing both his devastated community and his deepest wounds.

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