The Hideout (Paperback)

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By Egon Hostovsky, Fern Long (Translator)
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A kind, blundering Czech engineer is pressured by the Nazi government to hand over his invention, which could be key to their military operations. He flees to Paris, hoping to sell his invention to the French government instead; yet when the Germans invade France, he is forced into hiding, and spends months in a dark, damp cellar. Alone, he dwells on his memories - of his troubled marriage, and his decision to leave his wife behind in Czechoslovakia. When he is given the unexpected chance to redeem himself, both to his wife and history, he seizes it with utter determination - even though this heroic act will be his last.

A powerful and moving novel about one man's final, fatal, heroic act of resistance in Nazi France.

About the Author


Egon Hostovsky (1908-1973) was the youngest of eight children in a Jewish family in Czechoslovakia. When the Germans occupied the country, he fled the country and ended up in New York, where he worked at the exiled Czechoslovakian government's consulate. He is one of the authors who shaped Czech literature during the inter-war period, and who helped give form to the emergence of Central European literature represented by writers such as Franz Kafka, Joseph Roth and Stefan Zweig (he and Zweig were cousins).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781782272403
ISBN-10: 1782272402
Publisher: Pushkin Collection
Publication Date: July 25th, 2017
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Pushkin Collection