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Fiction: Historical Fiction; Politics & Current Events; Social Science
Unabridged   13 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/07/2020


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Audio CD ISBN:9781684572724
Digital Download ISBN:9781684572731


Jerome Charyn presents Cesare, a literary thriller and a love story.

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Product Description

On a windy night in 1937, a seventeen-year-old German naval sub-cadet is wandering along the seawall when he stumbles upon a gang of ruffians beating up a tramp, whose life he saves. The man is none other than spymaster Wilhelm Canaris, chief of the Abwehr, German military intelligence. Canaris adopts the young man and dubs him "Cesare" after the character in the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari for his ability to break through any barrier as he eliminates the Abwehr's enemies.

Canaris is a man of contradictions who, while serving the regime, seeks to undermine the Nazis and helps Cesare hide Berlin's Jews from the Gestapo. But the Nazis will lure many to Theresienstadt, a phony paradise in Czechoslovakia with sham restaurants, novelty shops, and bakeries, a cruel ghetto and way station to Auschwitz. When the woman Cesare loves, a member of the Jewish underground, is captured and sent there, Cesare must find a way to rescue her.

Cesare is a literary thriller and a love story born of the horrors of a country whose culture has died, whose history has been warped, and whose soul has disappeared.


“Spectacular. . . . This extraordinary tour de force showcases [Charyn] at the top of his game.” ―Publishers WeeklyStarred Review

“[An] edgy, hallucinatory, full-throttle fable.” ―Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

“[Charyn’s] taut story line is full of surreal visuals and elaborate illusions.” ―Booklist

Author Bio

Jerome Charyn is the author of more than fifty works of fiction and nonfiction. He has received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his novels have been selected as finalists for the Firecracker Award and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He lives in New York.