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The Librarian Of Auschwitz

Publishing date:18/09/2012


A heartrending story about the power of reading.

This novel is inspired by the real-life story of Dita Poláchová, a 14-year-old Czech girl who is taken with her family to the concentration camps at Auschwitz. In the camp, the Nazis had created a school with the aim to cover up the horrors of Auschwitz. A prisoner, Fredy Hirsch, has managed to hide eight books from the Nazis. Dita hides, takes care and shares the frails volumes of the smallest and more clandestine public library that has never existed.

Dita survived to Holocaust and married another survivor, Otto Kraus. Antonio Iturbe interviewed Dita and wrote her story.


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Over 700.000 copies sold worldwide!

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Publishing date: 18/09/2012

ISBN: 978-84-08-00951-1

Pages: 488

Imprint: Editorial Planeta

Rights sold

Morava (Albania), Ediouro (Brazil), Iztok Zapad (Bulgaria), Akropolis (Czech Republic), Politikens (Denmark), Like Kustannus (Finland), Pygmalion (France), Rizzoli (Italy), Meulenhoff (The Netherlands), Planeta Manuscrito (Portugal), RAO Books (Romania), Publik Praktikum (Serbia), Shanghai Century Literature Publishing Company (China), Shueisha (Japan), Popcorn (Russia), Wydawnictwo Literackie (Poland), Merry Go Around (Thailand), Alexandra Kiadó (Hungary), Pendo / Piper (Germany), Bookrecipe (Korea), Klidarithmos (Greece), Baltos Lankos (Lithuania), Keter Books (Israel), Vivat (Ukraine), Bata Press (Macedonia), Grada (Slovakia), Ucila (Slovenia), Bokförlaget Polaris (Sweden), Spring International Publishers (Taiwan), Pegasus (Turkey), Ebury (UK), Henry Holt (USA), Vadaly (India) & Qanun Publishing House (Azerbaijan).


“A sophisticated novel with mature themes, delivering an emotionally searing reading experience. An important novel that will stand with other powerful testaments from the Holocaust era.” - Booklist, starred review

This novel is based on the true story of a Czech girl whom the author interviewed several times in Prague. She risked her life to keep the magic of books alive.

A consummately original story: the fact that there were books in the concentration camps has not been explored by writers until now.


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