Uris, Leon. Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin (Garden City, NJ: Doubleday, 1964).
Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin is about post-World War II Berlin and Germany. The novel starts in London during the war, and goes through the Russian occupation of Berlin to the eventual Berlin Airlift and finishes with the end of the airlift.
Uris, Leon. Battle Cry (Avon Books, Reissued, 2005).
Originally published in 1953, Leon Uris's Battle Cry is the raw and exciting story of men at war from a legendary American author. This is the story of enlisted men - Marines - at the beginning of World War II. They are a rough-and-ready tangle of guys from America's cities and farms and reservations. Battle Cry does not extol the glories of war, but proves itself to be one of the greatest war stories of all time.
Uris, Leon. Exodus (Distribooks, Inc., Reissued, 2003).
Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon—the towering novel of the twentieth century's most dramatic geopolitical event. Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies—the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power. Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era.
Uris, Leon. Milla 18 (Bantam, Reissue, 1983).
It was a time of crisis, a time of tragedy--and a time of transcendent courage and determination. Leon Uris's blazing novel is set in the midst of the ghetto uprising that defied Nazi tyranny, as the Jews of Warsaw boldly met Wehrmacht tanks with homemade weapons and bare fists. Here, painted on a canvas as broad as its subject matter, is the compelling of one of the most heroic struggles of modern times.
Uris, Leon. QB VII (Bantam, Reissue, 1982).
In Queen's Bench Courtroom Number Seven, famous author Abraham Cady stands trial. In his book, The Holocaust—born of the terrible revelation that the Jadwiga Concentration camp was the site of his family's extermination—Cady shook the consciousness of the human race. He also named eminent surgeon Sir Adam Kelno as one of Jadwiga's most sadistic inmate/doctors. Kelno has denied this and brought furious charges. Now unfolds Leon Uris' riveting courtroom drama—one of the great fictional trials of the century.
van Dis, Adriaan. My Father's War: A Novel (New Press International Fiction Series, 2009).
Adriaan van Dis employs masterful skill in telling this rich story of a Dutch man who, in midlife, is coming to terms with the losses in his life and their effect on his family. His half sister's death revives memories of his father, a Dutch soldier who spent three years in a Japanese concentration camp only to die in the Netherlands when the narrator was 11. The drama unfolds as he uncovers the complicated history of his family and realizes what he remembers of his father doesn't match the recollections of others. That this book can address themes as diverse as sibling relationships, child abuse, war, and repressed memories with such subtlety and even a touch of humor is testament to both the quality of van Dis's writing and the expertise of his translator, Claire Nicolas White. (Amazon.com)
Vaughan, Robert. His Truth is Marching On (Thomas Nelson, 2004).
As a student at Litchfield College, Dewey Bradley wants nothing more than to graduate, marry his girlfriend Unity, and become pastor of a church. But when war breaks out, Dewey-impassioned by the atrocities of the Nazis—drops out of school to enlist as an infantryman. Meanwhile, Gunter Reinhardt is forced to leave engineering school and join the German army. The two unknowingly cross paths as enemies on several occasions. While Dewey's heart is hardened by the brutality of war, Gunter becomes disillusioned with Hitler and his country, vowing his allegiance only to the men in his company. In a critical moment, Dewey and Gunter come face-to-face. One will choose to spare the life of the other, and in doing so, will ultimately spare his own soul. With painstaking historical accuracy, Robert Vaughan weaves a story of intrigue and passion, offering readers a suspenseful glimpse into WWII-from both a military and human experience.
Vaughan, Robert. Touch the Face of God (Thomas Nelson, 2002).
In this moving novel, Lt. Mark White, a B-17 bomber pilot, meets Emily Hagan only weeks before he ships out to England. They fall in love through letters as each faces the war on separate sides of the Atlantic, but will the war and a misunderstanding tear them apart forever? Lt. Lee Arlington Grant has disappointed his military family by becoming a chaplain instead of a warrior. He hopes his service in the war will heal his rift with his father while he shares Christ with his fellow soldiers-especially Tom Canby. Their lives and the lives of the men and women who fight at their side are interwoven with danger, romance, tragedy, and ultimately hope as the war and their roles in it draw to a close.
Volpi, Jorge. In Search of Klingsor (Fourth Estate, New edition, 2004).
"In 1940, Francis Bacon, a brilliant young American physicist, is invited to join the prestigious institute at Princeton, the world's foremost physics research facility. But a series of personal indiscretions forces him to accept a different, more sinister, assignment: uncover "Klingsor," Hitler's top adviser on the scientific work in the Third Reich, including the race to create the first atomic bomb." Bacon's efforts to expose the truth lead him first to Gustav Links, a survivor of the attempted coup against Hitler. With Links's help, he continues searching postwar Germany - in an era when a secret was really a secret and a lie wasn't necessarily a sin—and falls into a complicated relationship with an alluring woman. His search for Klingsor, an ominous and seemingly omniscient adversary, is part mystery, part psychological puzzle, part witty intellectual game.
Vincenzi, Penny. Something Dangerous (Penguin Group, 2005).
Expansively written and lushly detailed, this fast-paced sequel to No Angel follows the Lyttons, a prominent British publishing family, into the mid-20th century. It's 1928 as the book opens, and the Lytton heirs apparent—Giles, Kit and their twin sisters, Venetia and Adele—are more absorbed in their personal lives than in steering themselves toward future stewardship of the family empire. Giles, ensconced in a mid-level Lytton post, feels a professional and social failure; Kit is bright, but only eight; and the beautiful 18-year-old twins are more concerned with their court debuts than with learning anything useful about publishing. Lytton foster child Barty Miller, who graduated from Oxford with honors, might take the business seriously; she shows remarkable intelligence and drive, but not the gratitude that Celia Lytton, senior editor of the house and matron of the family, would like. The business and family survive the Depression as the Lyttons begin publishing cheaper books, the twins lose their virginity, Kit grows into a fine young man and Giles gets married. Then WWII comes along and snaps, if not sense, then at least some backbone into the Lytton children. But is it too late? As family secrets and the Nazis both threaten to crush the house of Lytton, Vincenzi tightens her grip on readers, churning out surprising twists that not only resolve current conflicts but promise delicious future crises. (Publisher’s Weekly)
Vivante, Arturo. Truelove Knot (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007).
A student in the Italian countryside at the outset of the fascist regime, the passionate young Fabio Diodati, appalled at the thought of becoming "indistinguishable," quickly develops a deep rebellious streak. By the late 1930s, Fabio's father, who is Jewish, and his mother (who is not) settle in England. Noncomformist Fabio, catapulted from boarding school in Worcester, is deportated as a "male 'enemy alien''' to a Canadian internment camp on St. Helen's Island; after a daring escape (where he assumes a fake name), he is accepted in the Merchant Navy. A lull in the snowballing action finally comes the night before Fabio is meant to set sail, when he meets Margie, a young waitress in Montreal, and their single night's tryst leaves both parties bewildered by the depth of their connection. The relationship rescues the whirlwind story, sustaining the book through through Fabio's perilous transatlantic trips from Halifax to England via U-Boat infested waters; through bittersweet reunions with his family; and through his sporadic communications with Margie. Poignant reflections on finding hope in small freedoms, and in poetry, help make the latest from Vivante (Solitude & Other Stories) quietly convincing.
Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five (Dell Press, Reprint, 1999).
Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.
Don't let the ease of reading fool you--Vonnegut's isn't a conventional, or simple, novel. He writes, "There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are so sick, and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters..." Slaughterhouse-Five (taken from the name of the building where the POWs were held) is not only Vonnegut's most powerful book, it is as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch- 22, it fashions the author's experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut's other works, but the book's basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it a unique poignancy—and humor.
Vonnegut, Kurt. Mother Night (Dial Press, Reissue, 1999).
Mother Night is a novel by American author Kurt Vonnegut, first published in 1961. A film version starring Nick Nolte was released in 1996. It is the story of Howard W. Campbell Jr., an American, who moved to Germany directly after World War I and then later became alternately a well-known German language playwright and a Nazi propagandist. The action of the novel is narrated by Campbell himself. The premise is that he is writing his memoirs while awaiting trial for war crimes in an Israeli prison. Howard W. Campbell also appears briefly in Vonnegut's later novel Slaughterhouse-Five. Campbell's character was probably inspired by the stories of WWII radio propagandist William Joyce, a.k.a. Lord Haw-Haw, and Ezra Pound although only in the most general terms. (Wikipedia)
Von Rezzori, Gregor. Memoirs of an Anti-Semite: A Novel in Five Stories (New York Review Books, 2007).
The elusive narrator of this beautifully written, complex, and powerfully disconcerting novel is the scion of a decayed aristocratic family from the farther reaches of the defunct Austro-Hungarian Empire. In five psychologically fraught episodes, he revisits his past, from adolescence to middle age, a period that coincides with the twentieth-century’s ugliest years. Central to each episode is what might be called the narrator’s Jewish Question. He is no Nazi. To the contrary, he is apolitical, accommodating, cosmopolitan. He has Jewish friends and Jewish lovers, and their Jewishness is a matter of abiding fascination to him. His deepest and most defining relationship may even be the strange dance of attraction and repulsion that throughout his life he has conducted with this forbidden, desired, inescapable, imaginary Jewish other. And yet it is just his relationship that has blinded him to–and makes him complicit in—the terrible realities his era. Lyrical, witty, satirical, and unblinking, Gregor von Rezzori’s most controversial work is an intimate foray into the emotional underworld of modern European history.
Von Rezzori, Gregor. Snows of Yesteryear (Vintage, 1991).
Von Rezzori, author of the novel Memoirs of an Anti-Semite, focuses on a childhood in Bukovina "spent among mad and dislocated personalities." His nurse, an illiterate peasant called "the savage" by the family, provides him the warmth and love his parents cannot give and symbolizes for him his visceral connection to his homeland. His mother's real tenderness alternates with neurotic anxiety and rage; rather asexual, she is the wrong match for his father's vital, "highly luminous temperament." They separate, and her remarriage is disastrous. Von Rezzori's "astonishingly precocious" sister dies an early death mysteriously linked to a failed business venture of his mother. His governess fosters his drawing talent, but his sister's death and his mother's "need" of him stifle his budding career. These five portraits shed light on the old Europe of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the way of life that passed with it. (Richard Kuczkowski for Library Journal).