Jan 28, 2020
The Longest Night
Posted by Otto de Kat

Since the liberation of the Netherlands in May 1945, Emma Verweij has been living in Rotterdam, on a street held together by the powerful bonds of friendship formed among neighbors during the Second World War She has worked hard to block out the war years she spent in Nazi Berlin, when she was married to her first husband, Carl Eventually, Emma married Bruno, her secondSince the liberation of the Netherlands in May 1945, Emma Verweij has been living in Rotterdam, on a street held together by the powerful bonds of friendship formed among neighbors during the Second World War She has worked hard to block out the war years she spent in Nazi Berlin, when she was married to her first husband, Carl Eventually, Emma married Bruno, her second husband, and they had two sons together Now ninety six years old and on the eve of her own death, Emma is besieged by long forgotten memories that crowd into her consciousness despite their long banishment, along with flashbacks of happier years and of the terrible tragedy of the war She reflects on her marriage to Carl, a good German who resisted the Third Reich and paid the ultimate price for it her father, a Dutch diplomat who secretly worked to help refugees escape the Nazis and to supply the British intelligence service with critical information and the many friends she has lost, during the war and since In The Longest Night, the impressive, reflective follow up to News from Berlin described by the Guardian as restrained and monumental , Otto de Kat deftly distills the momentous events of twentieth century history into the lives of his characters In the person of Emma, the past and the present coincide in soulful fragments of rare, melancholy beauty.

  • Title: The Longest Night
  • Author: Otto de Kat
  • ISBN: 9781681441986
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Longest Night Since the liberation of the Netherlands in May Emma Verweij has been living in Rotterdam on a street held together by the powerful bonds of friendship formed among neighbors during the Second W


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