On the Liberation of Eastern Europe and the Execution of the Novel

A review of Nicolas Rothwell’s Heaven and Earth by Silke Hesse, Monash University

Only recently one of my friends, an avid reader of newspapers and voluminous history books, again assured me that he would not touch historical novels; one could not trust them to get the facts right. He is intelligent enough to know that history books too tell stories and recreate characters, which means that the facts they present will invariably be modified by interpretation.
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