SOURCE: Boston Review
Hilary Mantel, Historian
by Samuel Clowes Huneke
The celebrated novelist legacy to scholars is a model for examining psychological complexity and political motivation in the past.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Review of Books
History Is a Story that Satisfies Power: A Conversation with Joshua Cohen (Author of "The Netanyahus")
Joshua Cohen's novel fictionalizes the American academic career of Benzion Netanyahu, whose American raised sons became huge figures in Israeli military and political history.
Where In The World Are You? How My Great-Grandmother’s Letters Helped Me Locate My Great-Uncle after 78 Years
by Hazel Gaynor
"Disaster and tragedy are often where we find our strongest bonds, and as we find ourselves separated from family and distanced from loved ones, stories of community and shared hope are, arguably, more important than ever."
SOURCE: Calgary Herald
Robert J. Sawyer Tackles the Atomic Bomb with Alternate-History Novel, “The Oppenheimer Alternative”
Robert J. Sawyer's novel is built around the ethical and moral ramifications of dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which the author hopes will receive deep reflection on their 75th anniversaries.
"Fiction Makes a Better Job of The Truth"? Telling the Erased Story of Lucia Joyce
by Annabel Abbs
A historical novel exposes the complex relationship between historians and sources: "Because Lucia’s own voice had been effectively smothered, most ‘facts’ came from those later responsible for incarcerating her in a series of mental asylums and hospitals. Few sources are genuinely independent, memory is notoriously fickle, and all facts are open to interpretation."
Why Holocaust Fiction?
by Bernice Lerner
Had they had a choice, I believe Hitler’s victims would have wanted nothing about the mortal crimes against them falsified.
Historical Novelists Owe the Truth to Readers–and to History
by Sharon Kay Penman
In insisting upon the importance of historical accuracy in novels, I am also making an argument that novels can add a valuable dimension to the study of history.
Writing Fiction about Real People
by Gill Paul
The best novels about real people make us re-evaluate the subject and perhaps alter our preconceived ideas.
Chocolate and the History Behind Historical Fiction
by Karen Brooks
The history of chocolate in England and how a 17th century diary and a chance encounter with public history inspired The Chocolate Maker's Wife.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Readers can’t get enough World War II fiction, and authors are happy to keep the books coming
You can’t throw a potato peel without hitting a new bestseller about the perils of Nazi Germany.
SOURCE: Fargo-Moorhead Forum
MSUM Historian Pens Murder-Mysteries
Gerald Anderson follows an old adage for authors: write what you know.
On Creating a Groundbreaking Historical Novel
by Robin Lindley
SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhold Heydrich in 1940. Credit: German Federal Archives.I just hope that, however bright and blinding the veneer of fiction that covers this fabulous story, you will still be able to see through it to the historical reality that lies behind.-- Laurent Binet, HHhHIn Prague on May 27, 1942, Slovak factory worker Jozef Gabcik and Czech soldier Jan Kubis attacked and mortally wounded Reinhard Heydrich, the SS Obergruppenführer (equivalent to a full general) and Nazi Protector of Bohemia and Moravia -- a man so ambitious and casually cruel that Hitler called him “The Man with the Iron Heart.”
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