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In the Shadow of Wolves by Alvydas Slepikas, Romas Kinka

In the Shadow of Wolves

Alvydas Slepikas, Romas Kinka

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Category: Adventure, Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld Publications
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 6 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781786074683

A powerful story of survival and resilience in a world devastated by the Second World War

  • The TimesBook of the Year
  • The TimesHistorical Fiction Book of the Month
5 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
28 Jun 2019

"This novel’s unflinching portrait of a forgotten tragedy is haunting."

In the Shadow of Wolves by the Lithuanian poet Alvydas Slepikas is a fictionalised account of the so-called wolf children. In the aftermath of the war, with the remaining ethnic Germans starving in East Prussia, hundreds of children, in a desperate search for food, crossed the river to Lithuania. Some lived rough in frozen forests, becoming known as the wolf children... This novel’s unflinching portrait of a forgotten tragedy is haunting. As for the children on the ice who open the novel? The Russian soldiers throw a grenade at them. They shoot all the survivors they can, then light their cigarettes, hunched against the wind.

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