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Stones from the River (1994) [Novel]
by Ursula Hegi Rating: Weighted - 7.2 / Average - 7.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Series: Burgdorf

Summary (From the publisher):

Stones from the River is a daring, dramatic and complex novel of life in Germany. It is set in Burgdorf, a small fictional German town, between 1915 and 1951. The protagonist is Trudi Montag, a Zwerg -- the German word for dwarf woman. As a dwarf she is set apart, the outsider whose physical "otherness" has a corollary in her refusal to be a part of Burgdorf's silent complicity during and after World War II. Trudi establishes her status and power, not through beauty, marriage, or motherhood, but rather as the town's librarian and relentless collector of stories.

Through Trudi's unblinking eyes, we witness the growing impact of Nazism on the ordinary townsfolk of Burgdorf as they are thrust on to a larger moral stage and forced to make choices that will forever mark their lives.

Original title: Stones from the River
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction
FictionHistoricalEuropeanGermany, Austria, Switzerland

Edition #1: Stones from the River

Stones from the River (1994)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "[Stones from the River] teaches us, broadens out experience, entertains, challenges out assumptions and confirms out deepest intuitions. It is, in a word, remarkable….In her art, through the poetry of such simple, aching moments, Ursula Hegi illuminates and immortalizes a history we cannot afford to forget." Michael Dorris
  • "Hegi has a real genius for the material of personal existence, for the world seen close up." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "The personal histories of Hegi’s characters and the political history they choose to remember or forget illuminate each other in this unforgettable book" Washington Post Book World
  • "Rich and lively….This moving, elegiac novel commands our compassion and respect for the wisdom and courage to be found in unlikely places, in unlikely times." New York Times Book Review
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Stones from the River (1995)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 068484477X
Dimensions: x x x
Pages: 525

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