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17 November 2016


The Blank Garden wrote a superb piece about Manja (in the form of a letter to Anna Gmeyner) four days ago in which she says: ‘As the novel conveys the many small ways in which the rise of Nazism, in the 1920s and 1930s, affected the lives of a group of five children and their families – well, you can sense I bring no good news here, when I say that the atmosphere you wrote about in your book seemed to double back the one outside, the one surrounding some of us nowadays, an atmosphere so thick with anger that we can almost touch it, as if walls were closing in around everyone.’ Anna Gmeyner is our fourth angry woman. The piece is here.

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