The Emperor of Lies: A Novel

The Emperor of Lies: A Novel

Steve Sem-Sandberg

"Fiction of real ethical strength, brilliantly sustained and achieved...I locate it tough to think about any e-book that has had such an instantaneous and robust influence on me...Brave and brilliant."―Hilary Mantel, writer of Wolf Hall

In February 1940, the Nazis confirmed what could turn into the second-largest Jewish ghetto within the Polish urban of Lódz. Its selected chief: Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, a sixty-three-year-old Jewish businessman and orphanage director. From one among Scandinavia's such a lot severely acclaimed and bestselling authors, The Emperor of Lies chronicles the story of Rumkowski's monarchical rule over 1 / 4 million Jews. pushed via a huge ambition, he sought to remodel the ghetto right into a effective commercial advanced and strove to make it ―and himself ― vital to the Nazi regime. Drawing at the chronicles of lifestyles within the Lódz Ghetto, Steve Sem-Sandberg captures the entire landscape of human resilience and asks the main tricky questions: used to be Rumkowski a ruthless opportunist, an adjunct to the Nazi regime pushed via a lust for strength? Or was once he a realistic strategist who controlled to save lots of Jewish lives via his collaboration policies?

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