Author(s): Meike Ziervogel


Irish Times Books Of The Year 2013 Observer Books Of The Year 2013 Guardian Readers' Books Of The Year 2013 Short Listed For Guardian's Not The Booker Prize 2013 Unloved sons turn their aggression on the outside world. Unloved daughters destroy the people they love, and then themselves. In this daring portrayal of Magda Goebbels - wife of Hitler's propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels - Meike Ziervogel unveils an historical tale of abusive mother and daughter relationships that reaches a terrifying conclusion in the last days of Nazi Germany. Magda is born at the beginning of the 20th century, the illegitimate child of a maidservant who feels burdened with a daughter she does not want. The girl grows up to become an ambitious woman, desperate for love and recognition. When Magda meets Joseph Goebbels, he appears to answer all her needs, and together they have six children. Towards the end of the Second World War, Magda has become physically and emotionally sick. As she takes her children into the Fuhrer's bunker, her eldest daughter Helga experiences an overwhelming sense of foreboding.


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Straddling historical fact and fiction, this gem of a novel probes the dark material of malignant relations between mothers and daughters across generations. It's a gripping read, a subtle portrait of a woman history made monstrous, here reinvented with intelligence and story-telling flair. -- Lisa Appignanesi, author of Mad, Bad and Sad For a novelist to dare approach the human side of a historical monster is always brave, and in this disturbing short novel Meike Ziervogel takes a huge gamble. Her protagonist - one hesitates to say 'heroine' - is Magda, wife of Josef Goebbels, troubled adventuress, fanatical acolyte of Hitler, killer of her own children. Does the gamble succeed? For this reader it emphatically does. This is a convincing and sometimes agonisingly raw depiction both of the Nazi ruling circle and, on an intimate personal level, of the way in which abuse breeds abuse through generation after generation. -- Frederick Taylor, author of Exorcising Hitler

Meike Ziervogel is the founder and director of Peirene Press, an award-winning UK publishing house. Her debut novel 'Magda' was published in 2013 to critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker prize, and was nominated as a book of the year 2013 by the Observer, Irish Times and Guardian readers. Meike lives in London with her husband and two children.

General Fields

  • : 9781907773402
  • : Salt Publishing
  • : Salt Publishing
  • : 0.192
  • : March 2013
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 9mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : Meike Ziervogel
  • : Paperback
  • : 823.92
  • : 128