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Drawing on imaginary outtakes from Riefenstahl's infamous film of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, Dennis Bock weaves together the lives of a family living in the shadow of history.

Olympia is the story of post-war German immigrants, as told by their son Peter, born in the New World and raised in the sixties and seventies.

Though great figures and events of mid-century touch the lives of this remarkable family, it is the private histories, the grand failings and small triumphs of Peter's family that remain etched in the reader's imagination. From Ruby's struggle to rise above her leukemia and her father's love of severe weather and killing tornadoes, to the saint who witnesses a miracle at the bottom of a drowned Spanish village.

Set against the backdrop of some of the most significant Olympic moments of our times--the Nazis' stylish and sinister glorification of the Berlin Olympics and the 1972 Munich hostage--taking in which 11 Israelis were murdered--Olympia offers a bold and refreshing perspective on the tragic relationship between Germans and Jews in this century.

Bock writes with insight and clarity in a breath-taking, beautiful prose that signals the debut of a brilliant new talent.

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Hardback Editions

April 1999 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Olympia: A Novel
Author(s): Dennis Bock
ISBN: 1-58234-023-4 / 978-1-58234-023-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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June 1998 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Olympia
Author(s): Dennis Bock
ISBN: 0-7475-3680-5 / 978-0-7475-3680-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury, London
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Paperback Editions

August 2002 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Olympia
Author(s): Dennis Bock
ISBN: 0-00-639236-9 / 978-0-00-639236-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phyllis Bruce Books Perennial
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May 1998 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Olympia
Author(s): Dennis Bock
ISBN: 0-7475-4284-8 / 978-0-7475-4284-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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February 1998 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Olympia
Author(s): Dennis Bock
ISBN: 0-385-25698-1 / 978-0-385-25698-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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Kindle Editions

April 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Olympia
Author(s): Dennis Bock
Publisher: Phyllis Bruce Books
Availability: Amazon CA   

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