Zookeepers War by Steven Conte
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Zookeepers War
By Steven Conte

The Zookeepers War

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Zookeepers War by Steven Conte

Book Awards

  • Winner of Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australia): Fiction 2008.
  • Shortlisted for Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book - SE Asia and South Pacific 2008.

Book Description

In Berlin, who can you trust? A story of passion and sacrifice in a city battered by war ...It is 1943 and each night in a bomb shelter beneath the Berlin Zoo an Australian woman, Vera, shelters with her German husband, Axel, the zoo's director. Together, they struggle to look after the animals through the air raids and food shortages. When the zoo's staff is drafted into the army, forced labourers are sent in as replacements. At first, Vera finds the idea abhorrent, but gradually she realises that the new workers are the zoo's only hope, and forms an unlikely bond with one of them. This is a city where a foreign accent is a constant source of suspicion, where busybodies report the names of neighbours' dinner guests to the Gestapo. As tensions mount in the closing days of the war, nothing, and no one, it seems, can be trusted. The Zookeeper's War is a powerful novel of a marriage, and of a city collapsing. It confronts not only the brutality of war but the possibility of heroism - and delivers an ending that is both shocking and deeply moving.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780732285166
ISBN-10: 073228516X
Format: Paperback
(208mm x 137mm x 29mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: Australia

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