At a glance:
- Author: Ron Hansen
- First Published: 1999
- Type of Work: Novel
- Time of Work: 1908-1931
- Setting: Austria and Germany
- Characters: Adolf Hitler, Angelika (“Geli”) Raubal, Angela Hitler Raubal, Emil Maurice, Heinrich Hoffmann, Henrietta (“Henny”) Hoffmann, Rudolf Hess
- Genres: Long fiction
- Subjects: Dictators, Europe or Europeans, 1910's, 1920's, 1930's, Incest, Death or dying, Nazism or Nazis
- Locales: Germany, Austria
Ron Hansen, who is the Gerard Manley Hopkins Professor of English at Santa Clara University, is no stranger to historical fiction. Four of his eight books examine the past through the lens of the storyteller. Both Desperadoes (1979) and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (1983) explore the lives of legendary outlaws of the Old West, while the stunning Mariette in Ecstasy (1991) observes a young nun in upstate New York who claims to be a stigmatic.
The language of Hitler’s Niece is quite different from the mystical,...
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