Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when. It was adapted into a 20 feature film of the same name. The book thief is a very personal story for zusak, whose german mother was a young girl during the holocaust. Set during world war ii in germany, markus zusaks groundbreaking new novel is the story of. The book thief is a story narrated by a compassionate death who tells us about liesel, a girl growing up in germany during world war ii.
The book thief interview with author markus zusak, stars. How might the story look if it was told from maxs point of view. Interview with markus zusak, author of the book thief duration. Markus zusaks international bestseller the book thief marks its 10th anniversary this year. The book thief has struck for the first time the beginning of an illustrious career. The author of hit 2005 ya novel the book thief, which was adapted to a feature film starring geoffrey rush and emily watson, will release new ya. The book thief is the fifth novel by australian author, markus zusak. The thief captures that emotion in an unforgettable story of desperation and beauty. Liesel meminger cannot read when she arrives at her new home, but finds herself drawn to books, which she proceeds to borrow. Its markus zusaks weird optimism that kept him pushing through to the culmination of his latest work. There are many lovely, tender elements to be found in the book thief.
May 01, 2009 its just a small story really, about among other things. Set during world war ii in germany, markus zusaks groundbreaking new novel is the story of liesel meminger, a foster girl living outside of munich. The book thief author markus zusak on bridge of clay. The book thief has been on the new york times young adult best seller list for 392 weeks. An interview with sharon gosling author of the diamond thief. Liesel is nine years old, almost ten, at the start of the novel. Markus, you explain your writing process so eloquently, as well as your aspirations for bridge of clay. Author markus zusak and director brian percival talk the book thief, the positive critical reaction, how they first met, story changes, deleted. The author chats to us about the film, the book and the power of storytelling. The book thief is a 20 world war ii war drama film directed by brian percival and starring geoffrey rush, emily watson, and sophie nelisse. The tale of the little girl surviving nazi germany, taking refuge in her love for books and bringing about change in her own way, is a tale that one isnt likely to forget once one reads it.
Interview with markus zusakauthor of the book thief. Markus zusak is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, the book thief, which spent more than a decade on the new york times bestseller list, and is translated into more than forty languages establishing zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of australia. Markus zusak there is no evidence of banning the book the book thief so there is no official organization that banned the book however the people of the community and the public tried to challenge the book. Nov 20, 20 the book thiefphoto courtesy of 20th century fox i had the pleasure of being involved with a roundtable interview for the upcoming film the book thief with director brian percival, star of the film sophie nelisse, and author of the bestselling book, markus zusak. I am beyond honored to host todays guest, tessa afshar.
While just a few chapters in, i wondered how this novel could be classified as adolescent literature. Originally published in australia and marketed for ages 12 and up, the book thief will appeal both to. She is about fifteen toward the end of the novel when the bombs destroy her home and kill her loved ones. Nov 14, 20 the book thief has its moments of brilliance, thanks in large part to an adept cast. But the movie about a girl adopted by a german couple during world war ii also crystallizes the perils of. Set against the backdrop of world war ii germany, the book thief is a compelling and moving story about a young girl sophie nelisse who is taken in by foster parents geoffrey rush and emily watson.
Sometimes i imagined how everything looked above those clouds, knowing without question that the sun was blond, and the endless atmosphere was a. Published in 2005, the book thief became an international bestseller and was translated into 63 languages and sold 16 million copies. The book thief is a story about the power of words to make worlds. Interview with markus zusak chicago public library. Author interviews npr interviews with top authors and the npr book tour, a weekly feature and podcast where leading authors read and discuss their writing. In a new storyented segment, markus zusak, new york times bestselling author of the 2005 blockbuster novel the book thief, talks about his. Narrated by death, who over the course of the book.
Interview with author of the book thief thank you to the chicago public library for partnering on the content of this article. For more information about markus zusak or events happening in conjunction with the chicago public librarys the book thief one book, one chicago programming, please visit. The book thief is set in nazi germany, at the start of world war two. Interview with markus zusak author of the book thief youtube. Being a perfectionist myself, so much of what you said resonates with me. Disclosure this site does incorporate paid advertising and affiliate links. Becoming unlikely friends with the mayors wife ilsa affords liesel the opportunity to read the books in the mayors massive library. A conversation with markus zusak about the book thief. A conversation with markus zusak about the book thief a story about, among other things. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, awardwinning author markus zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
Zusak, author of i am the messenger,took a risk with his second book by making death an omniscient narrator and it largely paid off. Do you like markus zusaks writing style in this novel. The milestone is celebrated with a new special edition, containing 32 pages of bonus content including manuscript pages, original sketches, pages from zusaks writing notebook and a letter from the author. With sophie nelisse, geoffrey rush, emily watson, ben schnetzer.
The film is about a young girl living with her adoptive german family during the nazi era. Along the way, liesel is witness to the atrocities of war, heartbreaking events, love, loss and other lifechanging events. I saw the movie the book thief several years ago and loved it. Quizlet flashcards, activities and games help you improve your grades. One of the great things about the book is all the different perspectives the author allowed. While subjected to the horrors of world war ii germany, young liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Engage your students during remote learning with video readalouds. The diamond thief by sharon gosling i adored the diamond thief, book one of the remy brunel trilogy, when i got the chance to read it at the beginning of this year. Markus zusak has 16 books on goodreads with 3587712 ratings.
Copy of the book thief markus zusak study guide by isabelsmirk includes 69 questions covering vocabulary, terms and more. Regina jennings, author of caught in the middle and sixty acres and a bride a compelling story and vivid characters immediately come off the page and into your heart as stephanie landsem brings ancient jerusalem to life in her enthralling second novel. I recently sat down with stars geoffrey rush and sophie nelisse, director brian. Based on the beloved international bestselling book, the book thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in wwii germany. He says of the book thief, when i first started writing, death was a lot more macabre. Npr s brings you news about books and authors along with our picks for great reads. April 2, 2006 nprs john ydstie interviews markus zusak, author of the book thief, a novel set in world war ii germany with death himself as the narrator. Oct 29, 20 interview with john williams composer for the book thief 1. In zusaks latest young adult novel, the book thief, death doesnt gleefully gather up the newly dead.
Markus zusak, author of bestselling novel the book thief, answers questions from guardian childrens books site members about the film of his book, which is released this week. The novel tells the story of lydia, a mother who escapes from mexico with her son after surviving an attack by a drug cartel. Markus zusak, the author of the book thief, the bestselling world war ii drama that was made into a film starring geoffrey rush and emily watson, has a new young adult. A couple of easy questions to begin withfirst off, what inspires you to write.
The book thief is truly one of the most memorable, beautiful books ever i have read it 3 times. The daily iowan sat down with markus zusak, author of the book thief, to discuss the writing process. Interview with markus zusak, author of the book thief. Interview with author of the book thief steppenwolf theatre. I met markus zusak at the jaipur literature festival where he was a part of the delegation of writers and publishers brought across by the australian high commission. His newest, muchanticipated novel, bridge of clay, will release in october 2018. With the comprehension of a typical 9yearold, liesel merminger struggles to survive with a. Its just a small story really, about among other things. Actress, writer and director heidi stillman wrote the stage adaptation of the book thief, playing at steppenwolf theatre this fall. What inspired you to write about a hungry, illiterate girl who has such a desire to read that she. Mar 02, 2012 the book thief, which was written by author marcus zusak, tells the story of a young girl living in germany during world war ii who survives through thievery and soon begins stealing books. Land of silence won an inspy award in the general fiction category and was voted by library journal as one of the top five christian fiction. He thought he was writing a 100page novella, but the story kept.
Readers of the book thief may be familiar with fictionalized and nonfiction accounts of world war ii from the viewpoint of the allies or of european jews who were forced into hiding during the conflict. In the basement of her home, a jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents. The book thief author, markus zusak on death, reading and. So naturally, its very exciting to have sharon gosling, author. Geoffrey rush and sophie nelisse sit down with andrew freund duration. Internationally acclaimed author markus zusak speaks about the writing of his most recent novel, the book thief, at sutherland library, 4 september 2007. Book thief author markus zusak remembers humble beginnings. Abc project the book thief by billy quick on prezi. The book thief author markus zusak reveals new ya novel. To date, zusak has held the number one position at. Author of dreadmarrow thief, silver winner in the 2018 spr book awards marjory kaptanoglu is an awardwinning screenwriter and novelist.
The book thief directly challenges readers to search for and even create their own place in the world, and through kindness and compassion, building relationships, and standing up for what is right we find out who we really are. Posted in author interviews tagged author interview, i am the messenger, markus zusak, the book thief, young adult fiction permalink about cindy hudson cindy hudson is the author of book by book. Nov 09, 2015 there arent many writers who could get away with the idea of death, the nazis, and the burning of taboo books in one novel, but markus zusak, author of the book thief, seems to achieve just that. Beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century. The film is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by markus zusak and adapted by michael petroni. The thief is flutist edwin rist, a talented young american with two great loves. Copy of the book thief markus zusak flashcards quizlet.
The result was the book thief, and it came to mean much more to me than i could have imagined. The book thief by markus zusak overdrive rakuten overdrive. Interview with markus zusak actress, writer and director heidi stillman wrote the stage adaptation of the book thief, playing at steppenwolf theatre this fall. Heidi and markus zusak took part in the below conversation via email in spring 2012. A girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical germans, a jewish fistfighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
Because this novel is written from the point of view of the germans, readers may find themselves sympathizing with characters that were historically on the other side. Here is an edited version of the interview conducted via email. Her personal story is so close to my heart and her novels are among my favorites tessa afshar is the awardwinning author of bread of angels, land of silence, and several other historical novels. Interview with the book thief author the book thief movie, being released this month, is based on a novel by markus zusak, who was born in australia to german parents. He lives in sydney, australia, with his wife and children. The book thief interview with sophie nelisse, director. The author of the book thief explains why failure is his best friend, and why all writers tend to be loners interview by sarah kinson fri 28 mar 2008 05. Author interview markus zusak, author of the book thief bookpage. Nprs john ydstie interviews markus zusak, author of the book thief, a novel set in world war ii germany with death himself as the narrator. Death was decidedly overworked during the war, but he informs the reader that he saw young liesel meminger three times in those years before he finally.
Author interview kirk wallace johnson, author of the. Nov 14, 20 actor geoffrey rush, director brian percival and quebec rising star sophie nelisse, age, have an unusual 3in1 interview routine for the book thie. His novel comes years after the release of the book thief, and the process, according to zusak, was full of ups and downs. The book thief is a historical novel by australian author markus zusak and is his most popular work. Interview with markus zusak, author of the book thief video. No matter what anyone ever says about that book, whether good or bad, i know it was the best i could do, and i dont think a writer can ask for more of himself than that. Zusak, author of four previous teen novels including 2006 printz honor book i am the messenger, put aside his housecleaning chores to talk with bookpage from his home in sydney. The book thief was inspired by listening to zusaks mother describe jews in germany being marched to the death camps. Many of her short screenplays have been produced and premiered at.
The new york times deserves a place on the same shelf with the diary of a young girl by anne frank. In the hands of australian writer markus zusak, death is a surprisingly enjoyable omniscient narrator. She steals books, learns to read, and finds comfort in words. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, awardwinning author markus zusak, author of i am the messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. Zusaks latest book, bridge of clay, was released on october 9, 2018. Apr 22, 2016 interview with the author of the book thief, markus zusak destroyed people with words. See more ideas about the book thief, this or that questions and books.
Thank you to the chicago public library for partnering on the content of this article. The book thief allows students to get a sense of what things were like under the nazis. The novel ends when she is an old woman and death comes to collect her soul. In the book thief, colors are used to depict the blurred vision of the germans who are partially against the holocaust, but cant portray their feelings without being prosecuted. I think its extremely important that all generations read books like the book thief. The setting is nazi germany just before the start of world war two, through to 1943, and the story is narrated by death. It was then he kindly agreed to do an interview for my blog. Author interview markus zusak, author of the book thief. The story starts with liesel stealing a book and really shes stealing the words back and writing her own story.
The 44yearold australian author came to the iowa city public library monday night for a stop on his tour promoting his latest novel, bridge of clay. The additional anniversary edition footnotes written by the author at the end of the book provide wonderful insight. Published in 2005, the book thief would go on to be developed into a feature film, win several major awards, and sell more than 15 million copies worldwide. The name markus zusak rings a bell in the minds of book lovers for his bestknown masterpiece, the book thief. Interview with markus zusak, author of bridge of clay. For example, the view of the jewish man named max vandenberg allows students to get a glimpse of what things might have been like for jews. A girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical germans, a jewish fistfighter, and quite a lot of thievery a conversation with markus zusak about the book thief.220 2 1343 1427 692 206 39 443 1238 592 1345 987 307 2 302 575 288 820 52 1492 1162 382 1019 1118 1461 52 1046 1253 1438 1209 450 247 211 141 487 990 1494 6 161 1060