Taking Back from the Nazis

Susan Rife interviews Markus Zusak for the Herald Tribune

Australian author Markus Zusak admits that the “elevator speech synopsis” of his hugely popular book “The Book Thief” doesn’t sound at all promising. “(I thought) ‘Nobody’s going to read this, but I have to write it. I might as well do this exactly how I want to do it.’ I shrugged off the idea of any audience at all.”

“This book is set in Nazi Germany, it’s narrated by Death, nearly everybody dies, it’s 560 pages long. You’ll love it,” he deadpans.

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