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Maybe Esther

Narrated by: Emma Gregory
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
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The poignant, searching, haunting story of one family's entanglement with 20th-century history.

Katja Petrowskaja's family story is impossible to untangle from the history of 20th-century Europe. There is her great-uncle, who shot a German diplomat in Moscow in 1932 and was sentenced to death. (Could this act have had more significance than anyone at the time understood?)

There is her Ukrainian grandfather, who disappeared during World War II and reappeared without explanation 41 years later. (How was it that he then went back to normal family life, as though nothing had happened?)

And there is her great-grandmother (was she really called Esther?) who was too old and frail to leave Kiev when the Jews there were ordered to leave and was brutally killed by the Nazis on the street.

Taking the listener from Moscow to Kiev to Warsaw to Berlin and deep into archives, pieced-together conversations and memories, Maybe Esther is a journey into language, memory, philosophy, history and trauma and a singular, beautiful, unforgettable work of literature.

©2018 Katja Petrowskaja (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Rarely is research into family history this exciting, this moving. If this were a novel it would seem exaggerated and unbelievable. This is why it is great literature." ( Der Spiegel)
"Modern German literature is richer for this intelligent, flamboyant and extremely original voice." ( Die Zeit)
"Katja Petrowskaja's family now have a home: this book. She ties today with yesterday and draws it all together to be carried over into the future as the literature of tomorrow." ( Frankfurter Rundschau)

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