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Writers Inspiring Change book review: The Amber Crane by Malve von Hassell

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

"Beautifully written, and definitely recommended."

The Amber Crane, by Malve von Hassell is an intriguing story that takes place in two generations or time dimensions, one in old world Europe, where a young man, Peter, finds a piece of valuable amber, which he soon discovers has the power to transport him to a future Europe during World War II, where he meets Lioba, a young woman trying to survive the war and escape the advancing Russian army. While being a fascinating mix and depiction of two entirely different periods in history, The Amber Crane takes us behind the scenes of these two, coming-of-age people and what they must endure in times of social dissonance, brutality and violence in Europe. A 5-star read, beautifully written, and definitely recommended.

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About Malve von Hassell

Malve von Hassell is a freelance writer, researcher, and translator. She holds a Ph. D. in anthropology from the New School for Social Research. Working as an independent scholar, she published several books and journal articles, in particular, The Struggle for Eden: Community Gardens in New York City (Bergin & Garvey 2002) and Homesteading in New York City 1978-1993: The Divided Heart of Loisaida (Bergin & Garvey 1996). She has also edited her grandfather Ulrich von Hassell’s memoirs written in prison in 1944, Der Kreis schließt sich – Aufzeichnungen aus der Haft 1944 (Propylaen Verlag 1994). She has taught at Queens College, Baruch College, Pace University, and Suffolk County Community College, while continuing her work as a translator and writer. She has published a children’s picture book, Letters from the Tooth Fairy (Mill City Press, 2012), with a new edition published 2020, and her translation and annotation of a German children’s classic by Tamara Ramsay, Rennefarre: Dott’s Wonderful Travels and Adventures (Two Harbors Press, 2012). The Falconer’s Apprentice (namelos editions, 2015) was her first historical fiction novel for young adults. Her most recent releases are Alina: A Song for the Telling (BHC Press, 2020), set in Jerusalem in the time of the crusades, and The Amber Crane (Odyssey Books, 2021), set in Germany in 1645 and 1945. Currently, she is working on a biographical work about a woman coming of age in Nazi Germany.


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