The book that brings magic to the 20th century’s darkest hour
The line between the magical and the real seems particularly thin when you’re a child — even when you happen to live in one of the most dangerous places in the world
This truth is beautifully portrayed in the debut novel from Gavriel Savit, Anna and the Swallow Man.
The novel is set in Poland in 1939, where 7-year-old protagonist Anna is left to wander her hometown of Kraków after her professor father is taken by the Nazis, leaving her vulnerable to a newly war-torn world
That’s where Anna encounters an enigmatic figure she dubs the Swallow Man, who becomes her protector as they walk across Poland and Eastern Europe with one goal in mind: Survival. Savit imparts his characters with an uncanny gift for language, and the descriptions of their surroundings are poetic and desolate in equal measure Read more…