Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, January 09, 2009
False Memoir May Find New Life as Fiction
Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF, New York Times, January 7, 2009
Days after Berkley Books announced that it was canceling the publication of the memoir “Angel at the Fence,” after its author, Herman Rosenblat, acknowledged that he had falsified parts of his story, an independent publisher said it was negotiating to release the book as a work of fiction.
In the memoir Mr. Rosenblat wrote that he met his future wife during the Holocaust, when he was a prisoner at a concentration camp in Germany and she would throw him apples from outside the camp. The book was canceled after scholars disputed the truth of that and other details. But York House Press, a publisher in White Plains, said it was in discussions to release the book as a work of fiction called “Flower at the Fence.”
In a statement on its Web site, aboutyhp.com, York House said, “We believe Mr. Rosenblat’s motivations were very human, understandable and forgivable.”