Death in Danzig (Hardcover)

By Stefan Chwin, Philip Boehm (Translator)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780151008056, 272pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2004



Germans flee the besieged city of Danzig in 1945. Poles driven out of eastern regions controlled by the Russians move into the homes hastily abandoned by their previous inhabitants. In an area of the city graced with beech trees and a stately cathedral, the stories of old and new residents intertwine: Hanemann, a German and a former professor of anatomy, who chooses to stay in Danzig after the mysterious death of his lover; the Polish family of the narrator, driven out of Warsaw; and a young Carpathian woman who no longer has a country, her cheerful nature concealing deep wounds.

Through his brilliantly defined characters, stunning evocation of place, and memorable descriptions of a world that was German but survives in Polish households, Chwin has created a reality that is beyond destruction.

Praise For Death in Danzig

"With the skill of an accomplished crime writer, Chwin brings together the lives of his characters with undeniable mastery." -Süddeutsche Zeitung

"History emerges from below . . . through the stories of the unforgettable protagonists."-Berliner Zeitung

"Chwin skillfully describes a city in chaos, striving to forge a new sense of identity"

"Brilliant in every sense of the word, an elegiac portrait of wartime Danzig"

"A masterful and important work that brilliantly highlights the power of fate and the true anguish it can cause"

"A haunting and memorable evocation of a turbulent time and place"