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Winnie and Wolf is the story of the extraordinary friendship between Winifred Wagner and Adolf Hitler in the Years between the First and Second World Wars. The girl who would become Winifred Wagner was raised in an orphanage and married, at the age of eighteen, to the gay son of composer Richard Wagner. As heiress to the country's most august cultural legacy, she grows up in the Wagner family compound, surrounded by the philosophers and composers who would define western European culture in the mid-twentieth century. In 1923, the Wagners met the man who would be their hero and hope for the future: a wild-eyed Viennese opera fanatic named Adolf Hitler. Almost immediately Winnie and Wolf struck up an intimate friendship. In A. N. Wilson's most bold and ambitious novel yet, the world of the Weimar Republic comes to vivid life as the backdrop to this strange and powerful kinship.
About the Author
A. N. WILSON is an award-winning biographer and a celebrated novelist. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he lives in North London.
Praise for Winnie and Wolf…
"A subtle and captivating fiction."--The Times (London)
"A tour de force of imagination and historical reconstruction. . . . unlike any other novel this year, and as well written as you would expect, it's a novel with substance."--The Independent (UK)
"Remarkable . . . Wilson pulls off a daring risk in seeking to humanize an unspeakable monster by giving him a domestic life and a mundane past."--The Denver Post
"A bold, ambitious piece of fiction."--The Guardian (UK)
"Winnie and Wolf is a novel rich in philosophical reference--Nietzsche, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, thorny as you like--and ruminative pleasures."--Evening Standard (London)
"An extraordinary work whose achievements are almost Wagnerian in scale."--The Daily Maily (UK)