The Kommandant's Mistress, Revised & Expanded, 20th Anniversary Edition

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The rumors spread by the Camp's inmates, other Nazi officers, and the Kommandant's own family insist that she was his "mistress", but was she, voluntarily? Told from three different perspectives - that of the formerly idealistic Kommandant, the young Jewish inmate who captivates him, and the ostensibly objective historical biographies of the protagonists - this novel examines one troubling moral question over and over: if your staying alive was the only "good" during the War, if your survival was your sole purpose in this horrific world of the Concentration Camps - whether you were Nazi or Jewish - what, exactly, would you do to survive? Would you lie, cheat, steal, kill, submit?

Flashing back and forth through the narrators' memories as they recall their time before, during, and after the War, and leading, inevitably, to their ultimate, shocking confrontation, "Szeman's uncompromising realism and superb use of stream-of-consciousness technique make [this novel] a chilling study of evil, erotic obsession, and the will to survive" (Publishers Weekly).

Chosen as one of the New York Times Book Review's Notable Books and "Top 100 Books of the Year,"  and Winner of the University of Rochester's Kafka Prize for "the outstanding book of prose fiction by an American woman" and  the tales told by the Kommandant, his "mistress", and their "biographer" will mesmerize and stun you, leaving you wondering, at the conclusion, which, if any, is telling the complete truth about what happened between them.

(Originally published by HarperCollins '93, HarperPerennial '94, & Arcade 2000; formerly published under pseudonym "Sherri" Szeman)

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From before the age of 5, Alexandria dreamt that she died in the Nazi Concentration Camps. By the time she was 8, her great-grandparents Hirsch confirmed that the family was Jewish, from Germany, but that she couldn't tell anyone "because it wasn't safe." When she got older, the nightmares of dying in the Nazi Camps became so frequent that she decided to write about the Holocaust. She discovered that she knew nothing about it except that it had happened during World War II, and that the Nazis had virtually exterminated all the European Jews. After 7 years researching the Holocaust -- including interviewing survivors, examining captured SS-Officer uniforms and weapons, and reading Nazi autobiographies -- and writing & publishing several award-winning poems on the Holocaust, Alexandria turned one of her poems, "The Kommandant," into her critically acclaimed, award-winning novel, The Kommandant's Mistress. This 20th Anniversary Edition includes an Author's Note about her name and why she was originally published under a nickname instead of under her real name, about her experiences writing & publishing the novel, as well as the original story-turned-poem which she wrote in graduate school and which, a decade later, formed the basis of this novel.

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Alexandria Constantinova Szeman is the author of several award-winning, critically acclaimed books, including The Kommandant's Mistress, Only with the Heart, Love in the Time of Dinosaurs, Naked with Glasses, Where Lightning Strikes, and Mastering Point of View. (formerly writing as "Sherri")

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