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Dr. B

Dr. B

by Daniel Birnbaum

Publisher Fourth Estate


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The former director of the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm makes his literary debut with this dramatic and riveting novel of book publishing, migrs, spies, and diplomats in World War II Sweden, based on his grandfathers life

In 1933, after Hitler and the Nazi Party consolidated power in Germany, Immanuel Birnbaum, a German-Jewish journalist based in Warsaw, is forbidden from writing for newspapers in his homeland. Six years later, just months before the German invasion of Poland that ignites World War II, Immanuel escapes to Sweden with his wife and two young sons.

Living as a refugee in Stockholm, Immanuel continues to write, contributing articles to a liberal Swiss newspaper under the name Dr. B. He becomes increasingly entangled with British intelligence agents who plan several acts of sabotage on the orders of Winston Churchill. But when the Swedish postal service picks up a letter written in invisible ink, clearly by Dr. B. himself, the Allied plotters are exposed. But could a Jew living in exile and targeted for death by the Nazis have wanted to tip them off?

Illuminated by the wartime experiences of the authors grandfather, Dr. B. is a riveting story of migrs, spies and diplomats that shines a light on a forgotten corner of World War II history.

If youre looking for a ridiculously brilliant story, you can stop looking Hes got the worlds best story hes got Dr B Svenska Dagbladet

An astonishing thriller-novel reminiscent of both Hjalmar Sderbergs Doctor Glass as well as the dreamy melancholy in The Rings of Saturn by W.G Sebald Aftonbladet

A moving evocation of a life beset by conflicts in a troubled time Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Daniel Birnbaum

Daniel Birnbaumis director of London’s Acute Art, a laboratory exploring art and technology. He is professor of philosophy at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and the author of numerous books on art and philosophy. From 2000 to 2010 he was rector of the Städelschule in Frankfurt and director of its Portikus gallery. He has been a member of the board of directors of Frankfurt’s Institut für Sozialforschung as well as of Nobel Media, which organizes all events and productions surrounding the Nobel prizes. Between 2010 and 2018 he was director of Moderna Museet in Stockholm. He was co-curator of the 50th Venice Biennale (2003), the 1st Moscow Biennial (2005),Airs de Paris(with Christine Macel) at the Centre Pompidou (2007), and the 2nd Yokohama Triennial (2008). He organized50 Moons of Saturnin Torino (2008), andZero(with Tijs Visser) at Martin Gropius Bau (2015). In 2009 he was director of the 53rd Venice Biennial. He is a contributing editor to Artforum. Among his most recent projects are the VR exhibitionElectric(Frieze New York, 2019) and the AR exhibitionsMirage(2020) at Beijing’s UCCA andThe Looking Glass(with Emma Enderby) at New York’s The Shed and High Line (2021).

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