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The Collaborator: A Novel About an Israeli Accused of Conspiring with the Nazis | [S. L. Stebel]

The Collaborator: A Novel About an Israeli Accused of Conspiring with the Nazis

The Collaborator, a historical novel by S.L. Stebel, takes place in the aftermath of World War II. A high ranking Israeli official, Ernst Gottliebsohn, is accused of having conspired with the Nazis on the eve of his nation's first trade mission to Germany. Charged with defending himself, Gottliebsohn finds that he has no memory of anything that happened in his past; his life before emigrating to Israel is as much a mystery to him as it would be to a stranger.
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The Collaborator, a historical novel by S.L. Stebel, takes place in the aftermath of World War II. A high ranking Israeli official, Ernst Gottliebsohn, is accused of having conspired with the Nazis on the eve of his nation's first trade mission to Germany. Charged with defending himself, Gottliebsohn finds that he has no memory of anything that happened in his past; his life before emigrating to Israel is as much a mystery to him as it would be to a stranger. Unwilling to abort the trade mission, officials allow Gottliebsohn to carry on, but send a young Jewish-American psychiatrist -- avowedly "neutral" -- to travel with him, both to evaluate his claims of innocence and attempt to unlock whatever secrets Gottliebsohn may be hiding from himself. At the same time, a vengeance-seeking Nazi hunter, Captain Kohn, is avidly investigating Gottliebsohn's past.

Is he the victim of false accusations, or the victimizer of his own people in Nazi Germany? Feeling assaulted in both mind and spirit, Gottliebsohn begins to experience terrible dreams -- images of people he couldn't have known, places he couldn't have seen. As details of a past he does not recognize accumulate, Gottliebsohn finds himself facing an impossible choice -- one whose alternatives are as unthinkable as the events that shaped them.

©1968 S.L. Stebel (P)2011 S. L. Stebel

What the Critics Say

"Shattering...an excellent and solid thriller" (San Francisco Chronicle)

"A superb suspense story... serious novel of genuine interest" (L.A. Times Book Review)

"Compelling, both surprising and frightening" (Publishers Weekly)

"Brilliant! Imaginative, fast-paced, excellent all-round, written with style and substance. If I had but one book to give to those on both sides of hate-filled conflicts The Collaborator would be that book!" (Ray Bradbury, Psychology Today)

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    J. Alfstad seattle, wa 09-13-13
    J. Alfstad seattle, wa 09-13-13

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    "Riveting political thriller and true winner!"
    Would you listen to The Collaborator again? Why?

    Stunning historical thriller kept me on the edge of my seat. Superbly crafted plot, brought to life by Michael Bell's acting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great, dramatic storytelling. SL Stebel's novel kept me engrossed. A true craftsman with story, plot and character. Real balance, which is rare. I very much enjoyed piecing together the puzzle of Ernst Gottliebsohn. A novel which sheds light on today's issues in Israel and Europe.


    What does Michael Bell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Breathes life in each and every character. A massive performance. His rendition of Captain Kohn is true art. My first audible.com book and a real treat. Stories woven together like this are few and far between. Bell is superb.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Ahead of its time and a joy to experience. Stebel kept me listening, with surprise after surprise. And what an ending! I'd love to give it away, but...


    Any additional comments?

    Truly Ray Bradbury's review says it all. Brilliant. Imaginative. Fast-paced. And with style. Bonus points for style.

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    K. Ford Los Angeles, CA 01-27-13
    K. Ford Los Angeles, CA 01-27-13

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    "A taut psychological thriller"
    Would you listen to The Collaborator again? Why?

    I would definitely listen again. This is the kind of story that will continue to yield surprises upon re-reading. And Bell's performance is engaging and masterful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Collaborator?

    I can't reveal the twists without being a spoiler; I will just say that there are several that are mind-blowers.


    What about Michael Bell’s performance did you like?

    Michael Bell didn't just read; he performed. He used his voice to create character, and that made it much easier to follow the story than some audio books I have listened to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was moving and cathartic.


    Any additional comments?

    When I read fiction, I want to be pulled along by a compelling story and characters I care about. "The Collaborator" is old school storytelling that is satisfying and engrossing. Stebel creates a world and populates it with people we feel we know, then puts them in situations that are at once unthinkable and all too real.

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    Lorelei Armstrong 05-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Magnificent Book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and will recommend this book in an instant. S. L. Stebel has managed to craft a superbly engrossing story populated by some of the most complex characters I've encountered in years. Most striking are the moral conflicts. Good people, people who share the same opinions, hopes, and fears, can have radically different ideas about how to deal with events, and those different ideas can lead to shattering outcomes. This is a book about a little-discussed and deeply important part of history, and I can't think of a better piece of writing about that time. How to heal after horror? Can you, or are there some people who still live, yet are destroyed? A fast-paced story, a deeply satisfying surprise ending, and a perfectly matched narrator make this audiobook a winner.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was particularly fine, and grew in complexity in surprising ways throughout. There are no cardboard characters here anywhere.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Bell???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to him previously, but would again. He handles character voices well and his delivery matched the material.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was, but at the same time I didn't want it to end. I listened to it over the course of a week.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope you will add more of S. L. Stebel's work!

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    Martha Maryville, TN, United States 01-25-12
    Martha Maryville, TN, United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "GREAT FLOW AND DRAMA"
    Would you listen to The Collaborator again? Why?

    I loved this story -- my first Audible audiobook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The set-up intrigued me -- an important figure accused of great evil who can't remember. Then we follow the machinations of the accused and others who try to get him to remember, piecing together the story in bits. Just when you think the predictable is coming, there's a surprise. The book touches a lot of political bases and educates about the issues of Israeli and European politics in the 1960s. The writing is dramatic and swept me along.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene? The ending. Can't give it away but it made me wonder how else it could have ended.


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    Fred San Francisco, CA, United States 01-07-12
    Fred San Francisco, CA, United States 01-07-12
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    "A Novel Of Political Intrigue And Mystery"

    "The Collaborator" by S.L Stebel is novel of political intrigue driven by the psychological implications of the duality and juxtaposition of self and other. Set in the early post World War II period as Germany and Israel begin to move toward normalized relations, the novel is successful as a political thriller and as a mystery. Stebel's depiction of the machinations of the Israeli ruling party to save their mission of improving relations between the two countries as adversity compounds is a savvy commentary on realpolitik that is not diminished by the action's historic context. The answer to the question, "who is Ernst Gottliebsohn?" an amnesiac statistician acting as a functionary of the mission is not revealed until the very end, after what can only be described as a spectacular inversion.

    The plot of the novel turns on several well drawn characters engaged in a search for the "real" Ernst Gottliebsohn as negotiations are being held in Germany. One of these character's search for the "self" of the statistician results in a greater understanding of his own inner conflicts. Norman Glass is an American psychiatrist who is chosen to aid Gottliebsohn to find out what is behind his amnesia and hopefully clear his name. In the process of trying to get Gottliebsohn to remember what happened in Cologne in 1939, Glass is also shown to be in a process of self discovery, the result of which, though not pleasant, is healing.

    The audio version of “The Collaborator “ is greatly enhanced by the skill of the voice actor Michael Bell’s reading of the text. Bell employs subtle variations of inflection and tone, making the different characters engaged in dialogue instantly recognizable to the listener. The reader’s rendering of Captain Kohn as the investigator on scene, who essentially has Gottliebsohn in a kind of mobile custody is especially enjoyable. Kohn’s character serves as a comic foil for the morose accused and as a revealer of secrets, a detective in the tradition of Dickens' Mr Bucket from "Bleak House" or Dostoyevsky's Porfiry Petrovitch from Crime And Punishment.

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    lloyd mollymook, Australia 12-10-11
    lloyd mollymook, Australia 12-10-11
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    Frankly I am at at loss as to how to rate this book. Given the subject it should have been great;it wasn't; it was overly detailed, very repetitive and a story line that all to frequently led nowhere. The narrator was first class but he couldn't save this book, I will look for the narrator in future but regretabley not the author

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