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Freedom to Swing

Freedom to Swing

While doing some research for a new novel, I stumbled on a fascinating story. WWII, Occupied France, and Django Reinhardt, one of the great Jazz guitarists of his era. Many elements make the story fascinating, but perhaps the most unusual aspect of the whole thing is that Reinhardt was a gypsy. The Nazis included the Roma in with other minority groups it sought to destroy, killing hundreds of thousands of them before their reign of terror ended. According to Michael…

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Stefan Zweig’s Post-Office Girl

Stefan Zweig’s Post-Office Girl

There is some dispute concerning the condition of The Post-Office Girl prior to Zweig’s suicide in 1942. Did he finish it? Did he intend to publish it at all? The new release of Rausch der Verwandlung, translated by Joel Rotenberg and brought out by New York Review Books, reads like a finished novel. The new publishers do not say it was unfinished and do not include a forward that may have discussed the matter.   This is a different approach…

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