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And in the Vienna Woods the Trees Remain


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Winner of the August Prize, an intricate weave of documents, substantive narrative, and emotional commentary that centers on a young Jewish refugee's friendship with the future founder of IKEA.

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Elisabeth sbrink is a journalist and author from Sweden and previously served as the chairperson of PEN Sweden. Her book, And in the Vienna Woods the Trees Remain, received worldwide attention for revealing new information about IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad's ties to Nazism. It won several awards, including the August Prize for Best Swedish Non-Fiction Book of the Year, the Danish-Swedish Cultural Fund Prize, and Poland's Ryszard Kapuscinski Award for Literary Reportage. sbrink made her debut as a playwright with R LS, based on the minutes taken at a meeting convened by Hermann G ring in 1938, and has since written four plays. Saskia Vogel is from Los Angeles and lives in Berlin, where she works as a writer and Swedish-to-English literary translator. She has written on the themes of gender, power, and sexuality for publications such as Granta, The White Review, The Offing, and The Quietus. Her translations include work by leading female authors, such as Katrine Marcal, Karolina Ramqvist, and the modernist eroticist Rut Hillarp.


A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

"Engrossing...compelling...Top-notch microcosmic World War II history and an excellent illustration of the immense power of the written word." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[A] multilayered history...This devastating account has the lyricism and complexity of a finely wrought novel." -Publishers Weekly

"[A] touching book." -Times Literary Supplement

"Asbrink's historic timeline of Christianity's long scourge-and-purge tactics against Jews is chilling, as are the parallels readers will note to today's immigration discussions...[a] must-read." -Booklist

"And in the Vienna Woods the Trees Remain is a gripping saga of love, friendship, betrayal, and, above all, courage-the courage of parents trapped in the Nazi inferno who yet never waver in their devotion to their son. This is one of the most moving books I have ever read about that dark period in history." -Francine Klagsbrun, author of Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel

Praise for 1947: Where Now Begins:

"1947 is one of those books that makes you want to major in history. It is one of the best books, certainly the best nonfiction book, that I've read recently. I think the subtitle, Where Now Begins, really speaks to one of the things that makes this book so important: The echoes of 1947 are resonating very, very clearly today." -Nancy Pearl on NPR's Morning Edition

"An extraordinary achievement." -New York Times Book Review

"A skillful and illuminating way of presenting, to wonderful effect, the cultural, political, and personal history of a year that changed the world." -Kirkus Reviews

"Asbrink writes sentences that make one gasp in admiration...[1947] should be read for its poetry, its insights, and the interweaving of personal and political judgments." -Sydney Morning Herald

"Extraordinarily inventive and gripping, a uniquely personal account of a single, momentous year." -Philippe Sands, author of East West Street

"This is history as a series of eclectic snapshots of events and episodes and people, from the Nuremberg Trials to the partition of India, during a year in which the world tried to redefine its hopes and come to terms with its failures: and it makes for fascinating, disquieting, lively, and often surprising reading." -Caroline Moorehead, author of Village of Secrets

"Lucid and vivid...An outstanding work, history as it should be told." -Salil Tripathi, Chair of the PEN International Writers in Prison Committee, and author of The Colonel Who Would Not Repent

"Asbrink deftly brings together the tangle, the mess, the aspirations, and the disappointments which characterized the period and which for her resonate personally through her family history." -Rosemary Ashton, author of One Hot Summer: Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858

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