Tag Archives: WWII

Illustrated Tales of Nations—German Cigarette Cards

The Chinese Nightingale is an illustrated folk tale set in ancient China. The charming story is included in Tales of the Nations (Märchen der Völker), illustrations and stories produced as part of a German cigarette advertising promotion just before WWII. … Continue reading

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Jo Nesbø: Introducing Norwegian Policeman Harry Hole

The migrating Redbreast is a harbinger of spring in Oslo; seeing one in November is unusual. In the opening scene of the Jo Nesbø’s police thriller Redbreast, two bored police officers are watching an overwintering Robin Redbreast swoop down to … Continue reading

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John Updike: His Novel Evokes Feelings of Sept. 11 Tragedy

As John Updike’s novel The Terrorist opens, his teen-aged protagonist is observing his classmates: Devils, Ahmad thinks. These devils seek to take away my god. … All day long, at Central High School, girls sway and sneer and expose their … Continue reading

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WWII Resistance: Soldiers Without Uniforms

Khristo’s story begins in a town on the banks of the Danube River: “On a muddy street in the river town of Vidin, Khristo Stoianev saw his brother kicked to death by fascist militia.” In the brutal opening scene of … Continue reading

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