Olympia

Paperback | August 19, 2002

byDennis Bock

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Drawing on imaginary outtakes from Riefenstahl's infamousfilm of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, Dennis Bock weaves together the lives ofa family living in the shadow of history.

Olympia is the story of post-war German immigrants, as told by theirson Peter, born in the New World and raised in the sixties and seventies.

Though great figures and events of mid-century touch the lives of thisremarkable family, it is the private histories, the grand failings and smalltriumphs of Peter's family that remain etched in the reader's imagination. FromRuby's struggle to rise above her leukemia and her father's love of severeweather and killing tornadoes, to the saint who witnesses a miracle at thebottom of a drowned Spanish village.

Set against the backdrop of some of the most significant Olympic moments ofour times--the Nazis' stylish and sinister glorification of the Berlin Olympicsand the 1972 Munich hostage--taking in which 11 Israelis were murdered--Olympiaoffers a bold and refreshing perspective on the tragic relationship betweenGermans and Jews in this century.

Bock writes with insight and clarity in a breath-taking, beautiful prose thatsignals the debut of a brilliant new talent.

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Drawing on imaginary outtakes from Riefenstahl's infamousfilm of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, Dennis Bock weaves together the lives ofa family living in the shadow of history.Olympia is the story of post-war German immigrants, as told by theirson Peter, born in the New World and raised in the sixties and seventies.Though great figure...

"Dennis Bock’s Olympia won the 1998 Canadian Authors’ Association Jubilee Award; the finalist annual Danuta Gleed Award for best first collection of stories by a Canadian author; and the British Betty Trask Award for best first book of fiction by an author under 35.It was named a Notable Book of the Year by both The Globe and Mail and ...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 19, 2002Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006392369

ISBN - 13:9780006392361

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"A strong, ambitious, and in many ways startling debut... written with great intelligence." —The Times (London)"In depicting the struggles of a seemingly ordinary family, Dennis Bock shows what distinguishes them from other families and renders them extraordinary. Readers will recognize the delicate balance of suffering and hope, of loss and growth, that defines our own lives." —The Gazette (Montreal)"An exceptional debut...Bock's performance deserves a medal." —The Globe and Mail