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The Kaiser's Last Kiss By Alan Judd

The Kaiser's Last Kiss
by Alan Judd

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A fictionalised account of the Kaiser Wilhelm's last years in Nazi-occupied Holland.

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The Kaiser's Last Kiss by Alan Judd

A fictionalised account of the Kaiser Wilhelm's last years in Nazi-occupied Holland.

It is 1940 and the exiled Kaiser is living in Holland, at his palace Huis Doorn.The old German king spends his days chopping logs and musing on what might have been.

When the Nazis invade Holland, the Kaiser's Dutch staff are replaced by SS guards, led by young, eager Untersturmfuhrer Krebbs, and an unlikely relationship develops between the king and his keeper. While they agree on the rightfulness of German expansion and on holding the country's Jewish population accountable for all ills, they disagree on the solutions. Krebbs's growing attraction and love affair with Akki, a Jewish maid in the house, further undermines his belief in Nazism. But as the tides of war roll around them, all three find themselves increasingly compromised and gravely at risk.

This subtle, tender novel borrows heavily from real history and events, but remains a work of superlative, literary fiction.Through Judd's depiction of the Lear-like Kaiser and the softening of brutal Krebbs, the novel draws unique parallels between Germany at the turn of the 20th century and Hitler's Germany.

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The Kaiser's Last Kiss Reviews


`This is a story that shows us how the nastiest regimes are composed of real people. Judd has taken some unlikely ingredients - a bitter, senile old git, a brash young SS officer and Heinrich Himmler -and, briliantly, fashioned them into a touching, poignant story.' Daily Telegraph

`A haunting tribute to a near-forgotten figure... and an unusual and intelligent treatment of the Third Reich.' Evening Standard, Books of the Year

`Judd's engrossing tale, rooted in actuality, teases out the mixed responses that can exist between, and within, people.' Sunday Times, Books of the Year

About Alan Judd


Alan Judd began writing while in the Foreign Office. His novel, The Devil's Own Work, won the Guardian fiction prize and his biography of Ford Madox Ford the Royal Society of Literature's Heinemann award. He has also published a biography of Mansfield Cumming, founder of the modern Secret Service, using Cumming's previously unknown diaries. His last novel was Legacy, a thriller set in 1970s London. Judd is the motoring correspondent of the Spectator and writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph.

Additional information

GOR000440615
The Kaiser's Last Kiss by Alan Judd
Alan Judd
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
2004-08-02
208
0007124473
9780007124473
N/A
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