Payback

Payback

Paperback (15 May 2003)

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Synopsis

The effects of an Allied air raid, over seventy minutes, on an unnamed German city in July 1944 are recounted in horrifying detail. As American planes discharge their bombs over the city, far below, in the midst of the inferno, an elderly couple trapped in their appartment try to live out their last moments with dignity. Elsewhere, a man searches desparately 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 ... Payback was one of the first German novels to describe the Allies' bombardment of Germany during the Second World War. Based on Gert Ledig's experiences of German air raids in 1944, and first published in 1956, it paints a savage and unflinching picture of the realities of warfare for ordinary men and women.

Book information

ISBN: 9781862075658
Publisher: Granta Publications
Imprint: Granta Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 833.914
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 200g
Height: 198mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 13mm