Katharina Zimmermann and translated by Ruth Schwertfeger

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Die Furgge, as it was originally titled, is a novel about the persecution of the Anabaptists in Switzerland in the early 18th century that is based on archival and historical research of the Emmental and the people who lived there, like Madleni Schilt and Christen Hirschi. The story has a contemporary frame that is told by a musician who, during a retreat from a demanding life in Zurich, discovers this hidden history from an elderly teacher. The shadow of the local mountain—die Furgge—today known as the Hohgant, looms over the text as both a hiding place for the persecuted and a symbol of home. (190pp. illus. Masthof Press, 2017.)

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