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The Passenger

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 30/09/2021
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The Passenger
A thrilling fast-paced novel, with a gut-wrenching emotional core
This novel beautifully illustrates what happens when one mans life is complete torn apart within a short span of time, and the actions he takes to protect ... READ MORE
Tara
The Passenger
thrilling page turner
A page turning tense journey showing the plight of a Jewish businessman on the run from the Nazis as the net closes in. Train travel becomes a way of life ... READ MORE
VJW
The Passenger
Essential reading
This novel is a brief snapshot of life in Nazi Germany, immediately following the events of Kristallnacht. The perspective of Otto as he evades capture by ... READ MORE
Holly at Oldham

Synopsis

Our Fiction Book of the Month for October 2021 Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2022 Fiction Book of the Year Berlin, November 1938. With storm troopers battering against his door, Otto Silberman must flee out the back of his own home. He emerges onto streets thrumming with violence: it is Kristallnacht, and synagogues are being burnt, Jews rounded up and their businesses destroyed. Turned away from establishments he had long patronised, betrayed by friends and colleagues, Otto finds his life as a respected businessman has dissolved overnight. Desperately trying to conceal his Jewish identity, he takes train after train across Germany in a race to escape this homeland that is no longer home. Twenty-three-year-old Ulrich Boschwitz wrote The Passenger at breakneck speed in 1938, fresh in the wake of the Kristallnacht pogroms, and his prose flies at the same pace. Shot through with Hitchcockian tension, The Passenger is a blisteringly immediate story of flight and survival in Nazi Germany.

  • Publisher: Pushkin Press
  • ISBN: 9781782275404
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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The Passenger
Written in 1938 recently translated, and rightly so.
Its 1938 Germany and the Nazi's are beginning to search for Jews on the orders of Hitler to begin the cleansing,Silbermann escapes by the skin of the teeth... READ MORE
Neil Challis @Windsor
The Passenger
I couldn't put it down!
This is a tremendous read. A real insight into life under Nazi rule in a fast paced gripping novel, based on personal experience. The turmoil experienced b... READ MORE
Stephen Tribe
The Passenger
A Dizzying Claustrophobic Trap of a Novel
Set in 1930's Berlin as the Third Reich's power takes hold, Otto Silberman finds himself fleeing from an enemy that has its tentacles everywhere. His aryan... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
The Passenger
Great Read.
A man on the run who must keep moving. Separated from his family, Otto is a man who keeps moving to keep from being arrested. He meets various people, most... READ MORE
Matt  Berry
The Passenger
4.5 STARS
An incredibly moving, character-led journey set immediately after Kristellnacht in Germany that details the devolving mental state of a man forced to escap... READ MORE
Bethany Johannsen
The Passenger
Classic account of a Jew in Nazi Germany
A claustrophobic, tense tale of one man’s attempts to avoid Nazi persecution. Aryan-passing enough not to be arrested on the spot but still having his offi... READ MORE
Dion Houston
The Passenger
Moving, thought provoking and engaging.
Although the Passenger has no conventional plot as such, it does provide through the trials and tribulations of the main protagonist a poignant description... READ MORE
Hansyogaman
The Passenger
Fast paced, claustrophobic and heart racing all at the same time!
The novel follows the main character over a few days in 1938. He is fleeing from his comfortable home, wife and career and is forced to run literally for h... READ MORE
Lou B
The Passenger
Imagine your worst nightmare
The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz Imagine your worst nightmare. Double it. Now treble it. Your business gone. Your friends gone. Life as you ... READ MORE
Jonathan  Kaye
The Passenger
Compelling - a breathless read
Such a breathtaking piece of work. I literally held my breath so many times as I read this compelling and humane story of a man trying to escape the Nazis ... READ MORE
Piedwarbler