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The Nightmare by C. S. Forester
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The Nightmare (1954)

by C. S. Forester

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Short Fictions based on a Nazi occupation of the U.K. in 1940. Pretty predictable, but Forester was a master of a level of historical reconstruction that gives these stories some interest. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jan 2, 2014 |
In the series of ten linked short stories within this volume Forester tells of the Nazi rise to power through the horrors of the death camps and the 'final solution' and on to the end of the War.Although as the author tells us in the prefatory note 'Not one of these stories tells of an actual happening,but all of them except the last could easily have happened.' The story called 'Miriam's Miracle' is outstanding.
Personally I have found this book one of the most evocative books describing World War Two,whether fiction or non-fiction.I urge anyone with an interest in the subject to read it. ( )
  devenish | Dec 7, 2008 |
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The nightmare set in motion by Germany must not be forgotten. It is this Forester seems to be seeing in a collection of stories that might have happened, tales based on facts elicited from the Nuremberg and Belsen trials. They have their sense of authenticity, as they unfold the horrors of unfettered power. It happened less than a decade ago. People like these people did things that- read in cold blood- seem debased, or horrifying, or so inhuman as to be incredible. A born tale spinner uses novel material.
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Not one of the incidents herein tells of an actual happening, but all of them, except the last, easily could have.
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1st ed. (1954): The nightmare; collection of short stories set in Nazi Germany: Evidence.--The bower of roses.--Miriam's miracle.--The physiology of fear.--Indecision.--The head and the feet.--The unbelievable.--The hostage.--To be given to God.--The wandering Gentile.
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