The Irish Times described this as a truly great novel, and I agree. It's quite a complex book about two friends from pre-war Oxford, one a Jewish philosopher, one a Prussian nobleman, whose friendship founders when the
German goes back to Nazi Germany. Later he is hanged for his part in the plot of l944. All this is investigated by a student of the philosopher,
Conrad Senior. His obsession with what happened and his belief that the film of the hangings, made by Hitler, causes his marriage to fall apart.
Cartwright maintains the two narratives with compelling skill so that
I found I could barely breathe at times, and I certainly couldn't put the book down. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful...