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Childhood : Two Novellas

Reve, Gerard, Garrett, Sam
Format: Paperback
Publisher: PUSHKIN PRESS
Published: October 24, 2019
ISBN: 9781782274599
160 pages

£9.99

There will be a club. Important messages have been sent already. If anybody wants to ruin it, he will be punished.

Eleven-year-old Elmer inhabits a childhood of superstition, private lore and secret societies. When a new boy, pale, spindly Werther, arrives in the neighbourhood, a subtle game of fascination and persecution begins. In wartime Amsterdam, a young boy watches as Germans occupy the city.

At first his parents’ friends, the Boslowits family, think they have little to fear. Then, slowly, terribly, their fate is sealed. These two haunting novellas, from the acclaimed author of The Evenings, evoke the world of childhood, in all its magic and strangeness, darkness and cruelty.

Here, the things seen through a child’s eyes are far from innocent.

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