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Eva's Cousin by Sibylle Knauss
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Feb 06, 08


Fascinating, fictionalized experience of a young woman who holes up with her cousin, Eva Braun, at Hitler's Bavarian getaway during the waning years of the war. For historical detail it's superb; because the central character is based on a real person (the author interviewed her) there's also a tendency to overexplain, which I find less compelling if only because the idea of self-interrogation is such a predominate current "project" in German literature that can try to hard to tip the reader's point of view toward sympathy.


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