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The author of the book: Gabriel Fielding
Edition: Bloomsbury Reader
Date of issue: August 27th 2013
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The Birthday King describes Hitler's Germany from the inside of one wealthy industrialist family, part Jewish and part Catholic, entangled in political and financial alliance, frought with petty jealousies, treacheries, fears, and aspirations.
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"For the first time in a decade of reviewing, I feel justified in prophesying that a new novel will be judged by posterity as one of the great books of our time. I refer to The Birthday King"
-B. Evan Owen, The Oxford Mail
"...a book of remarkable intelligence and intuition. The story is set in Germany from 1939 to 1945, and focused on a family of part-Jewish, Catholic steel magnates. The particularity of atmosphere is effortlessly captured, from the first, in conversation: wit, wealth, ease, charm, affection, accepted infidelities and treacheries, the Schloss for hunting, the dinner-table round which power operates as surely as in the mills. The horror that has to come, seeps in slowly,
running alongside ordinary life at first and almost unrecognized, only gradually swelling into a tide that cannot be ignored...Mr. Fielding's abounding, nervous vitality and his elegant mind prevent his ever condescending to exploit or underline his theme... but the details of pride and doom and dissolution are so intimate, a great many people will probably turn again to the title page, to see who was capable of such a fine translation."
-The Manchester Guardian
"One of the most inspired and inspiring novels that has come my way in months of reviewing for the Sunday Times."
-Olivia Manning, The (London) Sunday Times
..."an imaginative penetration into the Germany of 1939-1945. It is preoccupation with' the innocent malevolence of the Teutonic mind', it reads like some exceptionally brilliant translation of a great unknown liberal survivor of the Nazi regime...it is the sinking of individuality, the turning of himself into an anonymous German, that makes The Birthday King not only his best work, but one of the most remarkable novels of the post-war era. "
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Read information about the authorGabriel Fielding is the pseudonym of Alan Gabriel Barnsley, who was born in Hexham, Northumberland in 1916.The son of an Anglican Clergyman and descendent of Henry Fielding on his mother’s side. “I remember a terrible separation when I was sent away at the age of eight, to a snob, preparatory school in the south of England, where everything and everyone, from the masters to the hens, seemed hostile. I think this, in a sense, was the beginning of the pain, out of which I write”. Fielding studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin until 1939; failing to qualify there, he finished at St George’s Hospital London. After serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps during World War II he started a general medical practice and worked part time for Her Majesty’s Prison, Maidstone, Kent until 1966.”Medicine, to me, was the sentence I had to fulfill to be free to write”. He came to America in 1966 as author-in-residence at Washington State University. Fielding remained there as a Professor of English and Creative Writing until his retirement in 1981. His works include: The Frog Prince and Other Poems(1952), Brotherly Love (1954), Twenty –Eight Poems(1955), In the Time of Greenbloom (1956), Eight Days(1958), Through Streets Broad and Narrow (1961), The Birthday King ( 1963) Gentlemen in their Season(1966), New Queens for Old ( 1972), Pretty Doll Houses(1972) and The Women of Guinea Lane( 1986).
Awards include St Thomas More Gold Medal 1963, W.H. Smith Award in 1964, Honorary Doctorate of Literature, Gonzaga University 1966, Washington State Governor’s Writer Award 1973, and Distinguished Professor Washington State University, 1981.
"It is a matter for grave doubt that Mr. Fielding could write anything from a postcard to a lexicon without perception and grace and brilliance"-Dorothy Parker
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