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The Seventh Cross

(1942)
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A rediscovered German classic novel from 1942, never before published in the UK, The Seventh Cross is both a gripping escape story and a powerful novel of resistance.

Seven prisoners escape from Westhofen concentration camp. Seven crosses are erected in the grounds and the commandant vows to capture the fugitives within a week. Six men are caught quickly, but George Heisler slips through his pursuers' fingers and it becomes a matter of pride to track him down, at whatever cost.

Who can George trust? Who will betray him? The years of fear have changed those he knew best: his brother is now an SS officer; his lover turns him away. Hunted, injured and desperate, time is running out for George, and whoever is caught aiding his escape will pay with their life.

The Seventh Cross powerfully documents the insidious rise of a fascist regime - the seething paranoia, the sudden arrests, the silence and fear.

The Seventh Cross was written by one of the most important German writers of the 20th century. Her aim was to write, 'A tale that makes it possible to get to know the many layers of fascist Germany through the fortunes of a single man.' She had four copies of the manuscript: one was destroyed in an air raid; a friend lost the second copy while fleeing the Nazis; another was found by the Gestapo; only the fourth copy survived, which, fortunately, she sent to her publisher in America just before she escaped Nazi-occupied France. Published in 1942, The Seventh Cross was an immediate best seller and was the basis for an MGM film starring Spencer Tracy in 1944. It has been translated into more than 40 languages.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"The Seventh Cross is multi-layered, compelling and so human, wise and compassionate. We are taken inside different characters' heads to see the human side of monstrous people and the monster within the most humane. We see the poignancy of ordinariness in times of crisis and horror. Through the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary times we get to see how fascism can take hold and that is an important thing for us to grasp right now!" - Virginia Baily

"It was [Seghers] who taught my generation and anyone who had an ear to listen after that not-to-be-forgotten war to distinguish right from wrong. The Seventh Cross shaped me; it sharpened my vision." - Günter Grass

"At once a suspenseful manhunt story and a knowing portrait of the perils of ordinary life in Hitler's Germany, The Seventh Cross is not only an important novel, but an important historical document. This new, unabridged translation is a genuine publishing event." - Joseph Kanon

"A fascinating insight into life in pre-war Nazi Germany just as the horrors of the Nazi regime were beginning to unfold. This is an important novel, as much for its picture of German society as for its insight into the psyche of ordinary people confronting their personal fears and mixed loyalties." - Simon Mawer

"A masterpiece. Written in the midst of terror, but with such clarity, such acuity; Seghers is a writer of rare insight." - Rachel Seiffert

"The material that this book is made from is long-lasting and indestructible; very few things on earth can be compared to it. It is known as justice." - Christa Wolf


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June 2018 : UK Hardback
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
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June 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Seventh Cross (New York Review Books classics)
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May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Seventh Cross (Virago Modern Classics)
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October 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Seventh Cross
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ISBN: 1-4940-9048-1 / 978-1-4940-9048-7 (USA edition)
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August 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Seventh Cross (Verba Mundi) (Verba Mundi (Paperback))
Author(s): Anna Seghers
ISBN: 1-56792-253-8 / 978-1-56792-253-0 (USA edition)
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June 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Seventh Cross
Author(s): Anna Seghers
ISBN: 1-4191-5288-2 / 978-1-4191-5288-7 (USA edition)
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April 1987 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Seventh Cross (Voices of resistance)
Author(s): Anna Seghers
ISBN: 0-85345-712-3 / 978-0-85345-712-1 (USA edition)
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1942 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Seventh Cross
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ISBN: 1-125-31161-4 / 978-1-125-31161-5 (USA edition)
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Title: The Seventh Cross
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