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The rumors spread by the Camp's inmates, other Nazi officers, and the Kommandant's own family insist that she was his "mistress", but was she, voluntarily? Told from three different perspectives - that of the formerly idealistic Kommandant, the young Jewish inmate who captivates him, and the ostensibly objective historical biographies of the protagonists - this novel examines one troubling moral question over and over: if your staying alive was the only "good" during the War, if your survival was your sole purpose in this horrific world of the Concentration Camps - whether you were Nazi or Jewish - what, exactly, would you do to survive? Would you lie, cheat, steal, kill, submit? Flashing back and forth through the narrators' memories as theyrecall their time before, during, and after the War, and leading, inevitably, to their ultimate, shocking confrontation, "Szeman's uncompromising realism and superb use of stream-of-consciousness technique make [this novel] a chilling study of evil, erotic obsession, and the will to survive" (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY). Winner of the Kafka Prize for "best book of prose fiction by an American woman" ('94) and chosen as one of the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW's "Top 100 Books of the Year" ('93), the tales told by the Kommandant, his "mistress", and their "biographer" will mesmerize and stun you, leaving you wondering, at the conclusion, which, if any, is telling the complete truth about what happened between them.
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About the Author
Alexandria Constantinova Szeman is the author of several award-winning, critically acclaimed books, including The Kommandant's Mistress, Only with the Heart, Love in the Time of Dinosaurs, Naked with Glasses, Where Lightning Strikes, and Mastering Point of View. (formerly writing as "Sherri")