Description - Payback by Gert Ledig
Bombers fly over an unnamed German city during the course of an hour in July 1944. As they discharge their bombs, far below, in the midst of the inferno, an elderly couple trapped in their apartment try to live out their last moments with dignity. Elsewhere, a man searches desperately for his son, only to run into a troop of drunken soldiers. And as hundreds of civilians wait in an air-raid shelter, an American pilot drifts gently down on his parachute, unaware that he is about to join them.Based on Gert Ledig's own experiences of air-raids on Germany, and first published in 1956, Payback paints an unflinching picture of the realities of warfare for ordinary men and women.
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(196mm x 129mm x mm)
Publisher: Granta Books
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Author Biography - Gert Ledig
Gert Ledig (1921-1999) was born in Leipzig, and grew up in Vienna. At the age of 18 he volunteered for the army, and was wounded at the battle of Leningrad in 1942. He later reworked his experiences in his novel The Stalin Organ, published in 1955. Sent home, he trained as a ship building engineer, and was caught in several air raids - an experience which never left him, and which led to the writing of Payback (1956). Its reissue in Germany in 1999 led to the author's rediscovery there.