Publisher's Synopsis

'Simply written and highly memorable' Ireland on Sunday
'A subtle, calculatedly simple and ultimately moving story' Irish Times
'Stays ahead of its readers before delivering its killer-punch final pages' Independent
'A small wonder of a book . . . A particular historical moment, one that cannot be told too often' Guardian
'An extraordinary tale of friendship and the horrors of war...Raw literary talent at its best' Irish Independent

What happens when innocence is confronted by monstrous evil?

Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country.All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no-one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation.And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780552773805
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Black Swan
Pub date:
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 214
Weight: 168g
Height: 197mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 13mm