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Denise Giardina:
Saints and Villains
Denise Giardina
  Saints and Villains  
Denise Giardina    
interview

excerpt



  Denise Giardina has written a powerful work of historical fiction, brilliantly rendering the life of German theologian and Nazi resister Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Born to Breslau in 1906, Bonhoeffer settles upon theology for a vocation after a childhood spent sitting at a piano. Travelling abroad to study and eventually ending up in New York, he witnesses the horror of racism in America firsthand. This experience helps to shape his moral core and leads him to outrage and defiance upon his return to Germany in the midst of great change under Nazi rule. He courageously speaks out against fascism and anti-Semitism, becomes involved in a failed attempt to assassinate Hitler and is eventually executed in a concentration camp during the waning days of World War II.

Saints and Villains is a sweeping moral thriller, an engrossing tale that is all the more resonant because it is based on an authentic hero. Denise Giardina has deftly faced the difficult challenge of reimagining a historical figure and known events, remaining true to the facts while vividly bringing the story to life.

In this issue of Bold Type you'll find an interview with Denise Giardina and an excerpt from Saints and Villains.
 
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  Photo of Denise Giardina copyright © James L. Mairs

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