The Iron Bridge

The Iron Bridge

Book - 2012
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Univ of Toronto Pr

In a bold, brilliant collection of stories, Dora Award-winning playwright Anton Piatigorsky delivers a superbly inspired inquiry into the early lives of the 20th century's most notorious tyrants. InThe Iron Bridge, he is unafraid to push at the boundaries of the unexpected as he breathes fictionalized life into the adolescents who would grow up to become the most brutal dictators the world has ever known.

We discover a teenaged Mao Tse-Tung refusing an arranged marriage; Idi Amin cooking for the British Army; Stalin living in a seminary; and a melodramatic young Adolf Hitler dreaming of vast architectural achievements. Piatigorsky dazzlingly explores moments that are nothing more than vague incidents in the biographies of these men, expanding mere footnotes into entire realities as he ingeniously fills the gaps of the historical record.

The Iron Bridge, completely imagined yet captivatingly real, captures those crucial instants in time that may well have helped to deliver some of the most infamous leaders in history.

- 20120828

Publisher: Fredericton, N.B. : Goose Lane, c2012
Description: 267 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780864926746
Branch Call Number: Piat


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Jan 20, 2015

This collection of stories is based on a clever idea - imagined incidents in the young lives of six rulers in the 20th century. It is in no way offensive, but neither is it memorable.

Apr 16, 2013

Though the premise was very interesting (background stories on the lives of famous evil people), there was very little to connect their past to who they became. Did not finish the book.

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