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Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself


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Florian Huber is a writer and documentary maker. He was born in Nuremberg in 1967. He has written four books about German history of which this is the first to be translated into English. He lives in Hamburg.Imogen Taylor is a literary translator based in Berlin.


Gripping ... Huber tells the shocking stories of ordinary German suicides with literary power and skill, making excellent use of unknown material. -- Richard Evans * The Guardian *
All eyes will be opened by the facts on offer in Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself ... Huber follows a cast of real, all-too-human characters as they head into darkness. ... His terrible evidence is priceless, and belongs on every bookshelf. -- James Hawes * The Spectator *
Huber retells the self-annihilation of May 1945 in dispassionate, vivid detail ... It's hard not to hear faint echoes in our current plight. -- Andrew Anthony * The Observer *
A remarkable book - grim and fascinating. Florian Huber tells the story well. -- Robbie Millen * The Times *
An under-represented history that is equal parts terrifying and tragic ... Amid the nearly unbearable darkness, Huber injects notes of hope ... Illuminating yet haunting. -- Ruta Sepetys * Financial Times *
Huber tells this terrible history with compassion and care. He writes with an ease that makes the book flow smoothly despite the bleak nature of the subject, aided by a fine translation from the German by Imogen Taylor. -- Laurence Rees * The Telegraph *
Enthralling ... This book is an ominous lesson about what happens when distorted dreams collapse. -- Gerard DeGroot * The Times *
A harrowing insight into the psyche of everyday German citizens ... Huber's book is extremely well researched ... By drawing on the thoughts, movements and mental state of the diarists, he is able to provide a compelling insight into the minds of everyday Nazi citizens. -- Jacob Farr * The Scotsman *
A grimly compelling study of the psychology of fanaticism ... The book hints at a deep truth about war at its dirtiest. * The Economist *
Bleak, arresting ... A sobering study of a dark period of Europe's history. -- Matt Elton and Ellie Cawthorne * BBC History Magazine *

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