Walker Literary

Book reviews and short stories to let you escape

Review: ‘The Librarian of Auschwitz’ by Antonio Iturbe, of Dita Kraus

The Librarian of Auschwitz is a novel by Antonio Iturbe based on the true story of Dita Kraus, who survived the extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau at the age of 14. She lived in Block 31 of the ‘family camp’ (kept by the Nazis on the off-chance of international inspection) where at great risk to herselfContinue reading “Review: ‘The Librarian of Auschwitz’ by Antonio Iturbe, of Dita Kraus”

Review: ’10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in This Strange World’ by Elif Shafak

10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in This Strange World by the powerful, the prolific, the unmatchable Elif Shafak gripped me by the collar and wouldn’t let me go. Shafak holds up the most persecuted and forgotten members of Turkish society — the sex workers, the trans women, the disabled, the homeless — and contrasts them againstContinue reading “Review: ’10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in This Strange World’ by Elif Shafak”

Thoughts: The Stories We Tell, and the Ones We Need To

The 90’s, 2000’s, and 10’s saw a huge push for more female protagonists in books, film, and TV shows. But these stories have largely been one-sided, particularly in more popular fiction: they tell the same hero’s story we’ve seen a thousand times, but give the precocious hero a girl’s face. Almost all other details remainContinue reading “Thoughts: The Stories We Tell, and the Ones We Need To”


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