David's Story by Stig Dalager

David's Story

Written by Stig Dalager

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Shortlisted for the 2011 Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation.

This is a harrowing account of a boy who finds himself alone in Poland, his parents having been taken away by the Nazis in WW2. The story which is shocking and scary by turns is told with rare brilliance and sounds utterly believable. So much so, you feel the author must have been there. It's deservedly on the shortlist for the Marsh Award in Translation.

The Marsh Award shortlisted books are:

The Pasta Detectives by Andreas Steinhofel, translated from German by Chantal Wright

Letters to Anyone and Everyone by Toon Tellegen, translated from Dutch by Martin Cleaver

No and Me by Delphine de Vigan, translated from French by George Miller

David's Story by Stig Dalager, translated from Danish by Frances Osterfelt and Cheryl Robson


David's Story by Stig Dalager

Separated from his parents who are deported by the Nazis, David struggles to survive, alone, hungry and scared, until he eventually finds his way to the Warsaw ghetto. There he is taught by other Jewish boys to work in the black market, dodge the police and the Gestapo until the eventual day comes when the ghetto is cleared and everyone is herded into trains for the long trip to the camps. Will David survive? Can he outwit them one more time?


"How was it possible for Stig Dalager to write about the last years of the story of David in such a shocking and convincing way that one should think that this was written by Isaac B. Singer or one of the other Polish-Jewish geniuses?" - Jewish Information Magazine

"Dalager has written a shockingly relevant historical novel, a taut story of international standing and appeal. A monument to our own shame, at that time and now" - Politiken Newspaper, Denmark

About the Author

Stig Dalager

Stig Dalager is one of Denmark's most distinguished authors whose novels and plays have been translated and staged internationally. His works include I count the hours, (staged in 12 countries), The Dream, (premiered in New York's La Mama Theatre starring Ingmar Bergman and Bibi Andersson ); Two Days in July (a novel about the plot to kill Hitler), Journey in Blue, about Hans Christian Andersen (published in 15 countries and nominated for The Impac Prize 2008), The Labyrinth and Falling Shadows (about 9/11).

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304 pages


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Aurora Metro Publications

Publication date

26th February 2010




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