The Resource Diary of a dead man on leave, David Downing

Diary of a dead man on leave, David Downing

Label
Diary of a dead man on leave
Title
Diary of a dead man on leave
Statement of responsibility
David Downing
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In April 1938, a man calling himself Josef Hofmann arrives at a boarding house in Hamm, Germany, and lets a room from the widow who owns it. Fifty years later, Walter Gersdorff, the widow's son, who was eleven years old in the spring of 1938, discovers the carefully hidden diary the boarder had kept during his stay, even though he should never have written any of its contents down. What Walter finds is a scathing chronicle of one the most tumultuous years in German history, narrated by a secret agent on a deadly mission. Josef Hofmann was not the returned Argentinian immigrant he'd said he was--he was a communist spy under Moscow's command to try to reconnect with any remnants of Germany's suppressed communist party. Hofmann's bosses believe the common workers are the only way to stop the German war machine from within. Posing as a railroad man, Hofmann sets out on his game of "Russian roulette," approaching Hamm's ex-party members one at a time and delicately feeling out their allegiances. He always knew his mission would most likely end in his death, and he was satisfied to make that sacrifice for the revolution if it could help stop Hitler and his abominable ideology. But as he grows close to the Gersdorffs, accidentally stepping into the role of the father Walter never had, Hofmann begins to wish for another kind of hope in his life"--
Summary
Stumbling across the hidden diary of a boarder who had been a father figure to him half a century earlier, Walter discovers the man's life-risking undercover work as an anti-Nazi Moscow spy
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Character
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10764036
Cataloging source
MLSOD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Downing, David
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6054.O868
LC item number
D53 2019
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • FICTION / Biographical
  • FICTION / Espionage
  • Communists
  • Boardinghouses
  • Diaries
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Germany
Target audience
adult
Label
Diary of a dead man on leave, David Downing
Link
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Publication
Note
Electronic book
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
on1090878988
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781616958442
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
FFBEC7AF-C9B5-4F9E-80D3-DD22994CBEE1
Label
Diary of a dead man on leave, David Downing
Link
Publication
Note
Electronic book
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
on1090878988
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781616958442
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
FFBEC7AF-C9B5-4F9E-80D3-DD22994CBEE1

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