ne night in autumn 1944, a gunshot echoes through the alleyways of a small town in occupied Poland. An S.S. officer is shot dead by a young Polish Jew, Margarita Ejzenstain. In retaliation, his commander orders the execution of thirty-seven Poles - one for every year of the dead man's life. First hidden by a German couple, Margarita must then flee the brutal advance of the Soviet army with her new-born baby.
So begins a thrilling historical saga of intermingled destinies and events that reverberate from that single act of defiance. Kingdom of Twilight follows the lives of Jewish refugees and a German family resettled from Bukovina, as well as a former S.S. officer, chronicling the geographical and psychological dislocation generated by war. A quest for identity and truth takes these characters from Displaced Persons camps in Germany to L++beck, Berlin, Tel Aviv and New York, as they try to make sense of a changed world, and of their place in it.
Hypnotically lyrical and intensely moving, Steven Uhly's epic novel is a finely nuanced exploration of universal themes: love, hatred, doubt, survival, guilt, humanity and redemption.