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Salt to the Sea
    2017-April-12  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    《盐归大海》

    This is the third novel from Ruta Sepetys, who presents a fictionalized World War II story based on a true tragedy.

    World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia* and thousands of refugees are on a desperate* journey toward freedom, many with something to hide. In alternating narratives, four teens grapple with* the bitter cold, the danger of falling bombs, and their own dark secrets.

    There are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths cross en route to the ship that promises salvation*, the Wilhelm Gustloff.

    Emilia is a young Polish girl of 15 who has faced untold horrors of World War II, and is saved early on by Florian. Florian has a secret of his own; he is carrying something very valuable and is trying to get away to safety while exacting revenge* on those with whom he worked. Distracting Florian is the young nurse, Joana, a Lithuanian who is leading a rag tag group to safety. Finally, there is Alfred, a young sailor in the German navy who “writes” letters in his head to his love, Hannelore, while avoiding work and planning a future.

    Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes.

    The greatest maritime disaster in history, the Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk on January 30, 1945 by a Soviet submarine* in the Baltic Sea while evacuating German civilians, officials and military personnel from Gdynia (Gotenhafen), occupied Poland, as the Red Army advanced. By one estimate 9,400 people died.

    Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome* war, and proves that humanity and love can prevail*, even in the darkest of hours.

    The book is available at online bookstores like jd.com.

    (SD-Agencies)

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