Skip to main content
Thumbnail for The language of thieves : the story of Rotwelsch and one family's secret history

The language of thieves : the story of Rotwelsch and one family's secret history

Puchner, Martin, 1969-2021
Books
Since the Middle Ages, vagrants and thieves in Central Europe have spoken Rotwelsch, a secret language influenced by Yiddish and written in rudimentary signs. When Martin Puchner inherited a family archive, it led him on a journey into this extraordinary language but also into his family’s connections to the Nazi Party, for whom Rotwelsch held a particular significance. A riveting story of the mindset and milieu of Central Europe and of the way language can be used to evade oppression, The Language of Thieves is also a deeply moving reckoning with a family’s buried past.
Author:
Imprint:
London : Granta, 2021.©2020
Collation:
278 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Notes:
Originally published: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2020.Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
97817837864049781783786404
Dewey class:
437.09
Language:
English
BRN:
383769
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Hampton Library (CLOSED for refurbishment)Biography437.09 PUCItem Unavailable due to Library Building Works (in storage) (Set: 26 Mar 2022)
View my active saved list
0 items in my active saved list