The Resource Diary of a dead man on leave, David Downing

Diary of a dead man on leave, David Downing

Label
Diary of a dead man on leave
Title
Diary of a dead man on leave
Statement of responsibility
David Downing
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In April 1938, a man calling himself Josef Hofmann arrives at a boarding house in Hamm, Germany, and lets a room from the widow who owns it. Fifty years later, Walter Gersdorff, the widow's son, who was eleven years old in the spring of 1938, discovers the carefully hidden diary the boarder had kept during his stay, even though he should never have written any of its contents down. What Walter finds is a scathing chronicle of one the most tumultuous years in German history, narrated by a secret agent on a deadly mission. Josef Hofmann was not the returned Argentinian immigrant he'd said he was--he was a communist spy under Moscow's command to try to reconnect with any remnants of Germany's suppressed communist party. Hofmann's bosses believe the common workers are the only way to stop the German war machine from within. Posing as a railroad man, Hofmann sets out on his game of "Russian roulette," approaching Hamm's ex-party members one at a time and delicately feeling out their allegiances. He always knew his mission would most likely end in his death, and he was satisfied to make that sacrifice for the revolution if it could help stop Hitler and his abominable ideology. But as he grows close to the Gersdorffs, accidentally stepping into the role of the father Walter never had, Hofmann begins to wish for another kind of hope in his life"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Downing, David
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6054.O868
LC item number
D53 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Diaries
  • Impersonation
  • Spy stories
  • Boardinghouses
  • Germany
Label
Diary of a dead man on leave, David Downing
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A novel"--Jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
295 pages
Isbn
9781616958435
Lccn
2018046837
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 2018046837
  • (OCoLC)1046073195
Label
Diary of a dead man on leave, David Downing
Publication
Note
"A novel"--Jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
295 pages
Isbn
9781616958435
Lccn
2018046837
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 2018046837
  • (OCoLC)1046073195

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