Wartime Lies

Wartime Lies

By Louis Begley; Mona Golabek; Lee Cohen

Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780449001172, 208pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 1997

"Extraordinary...Rich in irony and regret... the] people and settings are vividly realized and his prose is] compelling in its simplicity."
As the world slips into the throes of war in 1939, young Maciek's once closetted existence outside Warsaw is no more. When Warsaw falls, Maciek escapes with his aunt Tania. Together they endure the war, running, hiding, changing their names, forging documents to secure their temporary lives as the insistent drum of the Nazi march moves ever closer to them and to their secret wartime lies.

"From the Paperback edition.

About the Author
Born in Poland in 1933, Louis Begley is the author of many novels, including Wartime Lies, About Schmidt and Shipwreck. His wife of thirty years, biographer Anka Muhlstein is the author of La Salle: Explorer of the North American Frontier and, most recently, A Taste for Freedom: The Life of Astolphe de Custine. They live in New York.

A prolific recording artist and producer, Mona Golabek has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, and the Tokyo Philharmonic. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, and London's Royal Festival Hall. Golabek lives in Los Angeles, California.

Lee Cohen is a journalist, screenwriter and poet. He coproduced and wrote the feature film "The Effects of Magic" and has collaborated with Mona Golabek on several projects, including a recording of Ravel's "Mother Goose" suite featuring Meryl Streep. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.