Split Creek: War Novel of the Deep West

Split Creek: War Novel of the Deep West

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by V. O. Blum, Roger J. Porter, Roger J. Porter
     
 
It is 1943. Friedrich Dassen is a German POW interned by the U.S. War Department in the American West. Back in Berlin, his mother, Helge, subverts German fascism. But here in the U.S., his lover, Helen, follows the opposite course..

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It is 1943. Friedrich Dassen is a German POW interned by the U.S. War Department in the American West. Back in Berlin, his mother, Helge, subverts German fascism. But here in the U.S., his lover, Helen, follows the opposite course..

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780962088636
Publisher:
Times Eagle Books
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Roger J. Porter
The long, complex journey that Dassen takes in his route to citizenship entitles him to stand up against the son whose attitudes resonate with past horrors. Thor is the dark side of America, various incarnations of which we have seen in the past decade; and Dassen's denunciation of him, coming from a man who espouses the Enlightenment and a rational humanism, is meant in some sense to cleanse America itself of its grave errors... In contending with his son as he contended with his fatherland, Dassen becomes the advocate of the best that America might be.
From the Foreword, Professor of Humanities and English Literature at Reed College
Jay Evans
"But there he sits, Friedrich Dassen in his 70s, a survivor reflecting on past decisions with an air of dignity. At the heart of his beliefs exists a fundamental law of political identity that transcends national boundaries: "To preserve a world in which a curious mind may articulate truths that threaten power." ... And it is freedom that Split Creek celebrates. This novel is a detailed exploration of private conflict in public war, and it couldn't have come at a better time."--(Jay Evans, Portland State University Rearguard, January 2007)
David Holloway
"[An] audacious, challenging, often outrageous novel ... If you want a book that makes you laugh, weep, and especially think -- try Candide, Catch-22, Tono-Bungay ... and Split Creek: War Novel of the Deep West."--(David Holloway, Assoc. Prof. English, Portland State University)
Walt Curtis
Split Creek: War Novel of the Deep West is a beautifully written book .... The plot is very thrilling, very witty ... It's a romp through history. It's a tremendous amount of fun to read. And it's also a history lesson ... I've never seen a novel that has so much research behind it, and I find it very fascinating ... I'd like to see this book become a textbook because the themes are the great themes of the twentieth century � Communism, and fascism, and what happened after the Second World War. And nuclear weapons. It's a very exciting book. (Walt Curtis (author of the novella Mala Noche)
Marlene Smith
This is a wonderful book ... I will say that over and over, because it will go on my shelf for the duration ...[Lt. Dassen's] journey from life with a Communist mother in Germany, to the rank of an intelligence officer under Hitler, to the United States, and his discovery of the virtues of social democracy is not only fascinating as a story but a cautionary tale ... Split Creek is essentially a history of western thought ... how it has influenced political and military history, especially in our own country ... I've been watching Blum's work for a long time, many years in fact, and this book really suggests to me that he's right on top of his game. This is the book I've been expecting him to write ... he did it, and I totally recommend this book to anybody listening. (Marlene Smith, host of Oregon's Pacifica station The Electric Salon KBOO-FM)

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Set in the Rockies during World War II, SPLIT CREEK is ostensibly a star-crossed romance between an interned Wehrmacht lieutenant from a German Communist family and the daughter of an American fascist saboteur. But as the plot thickens, you realize Blum has constructed a parable of proto-fascism in contemporary America -- just as Lieut. Dassen abandons his progressive pedigree to romp with the glib Helen, today's electorate forsakes civil liberty to stoke the War on Terror. How did Dylan put it? -- 'I must have been mad, I never knew what I had ...'