By Steve Sem-Sandberg
Winner of the August Prize, Sweden's most crucial literary award
A Globe and Mail Best Books of the 12 months 2011 Title
To be released in additional than twenty-five languages
A significant foreign literary occasion
"This is genuine literature. a good paintings of fiction." —Per Svensson, Dagens Nyheter
In February 1940, the Nazis tested what may develop into the second-largest Jewish ghetto, within the Polish urban of Lódz. The chief they appointed was once Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, a sixty-three-year-old Jewish businessman and orphanage director—and the elusive, authoritarian energy maintaining the ghetto's very existence.
A haunting, profoundly difficult novel, The Emperor of Lies chronicles the story of Rumkowski's monarchical rule over a quarter-million Jews for the subsequent 4 and a part years. pushed by means of a tremendous ambition, he sought to rework the ghetto right into a effective business complicated and strove to make it—and himself—indispensable to the Nazi regime. those compromises might have outstanding results not just for Rumkowski yet for everybody residing within the ghetto. Drawing at the certain documents of existence in Lódz, Steve Sem-Sandberg, in a masterful feat of literary mind's eye and empathy, captures the total landscape of human resilience and probes deeply into the character of evil. throughout the dramatic narrative, he asks the main tricky questions: was once Rumkowski a ruthless opportunist, an adjunct to the Nazi regime stimulated by way of a lust for energy? Or was once he a pragmatist who controlled to avoid wasting Jewish lives via his collaboration regulations? How did the population of the ghetto continue to exist in such severe situations?
A significantly acclaimed breakout bestseller in Sweden, The Emperor of Lies introduces a author of significant importance to American readers. The records element lifestyle within the Lodz ghetto, below the reign of Rumkowki, however it takes a author with Sem-Sandberg's singular expertise to assist us comprehend the reality of this chilling history.