THE TWENTY - FIFTH HOUR, by C. Virgil Gheorghiu - 1950


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The Twenty - Fifth Hour

by C. Virgil Gheorghiu

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition, with a VERY GOOD DJ.

  • Illustrated DJ cover features a black and white gear design with a drawing of a man by Jean Carlu.
  • Black boards are in very good condition and feature a drawing of a man in silver.
  • Corners are sharp.
  • Spine has the title written in silver text with a drawing of gears towards the head of the spine against a black background. 
  • Binding is strong and secure.
  • Endpapers and feps have some light scattered dirt marks.
  • Interior is gently age-toned, exhibits minimal signs of age and wear.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have blue top edge and light markings on the bottom edge. (See Photos).
  • DJ looks great, is nicely preserved behind Mylar and is backed with archival paper.
  • Close examination of DJ reveals edgewear and chipping on the top and bottom of the spine. (See Photos).
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • AJ2020.0124

404 pages. 6 x 9 inches.

Constantin Virgil Gheorghiu's best-known book depicts the plight of a naive Romanian young farmhand, Johann Moritz, under German, Soviet and American occupation of Central Europe. Johann is sent to a labor camp by a police captain who covets his wife, Suzanna. At first, he is tagged as "Jacob Moritz", a Jew. Then, he and fellow Jewish prisoners escape to Hungary, where he is interned as a citizen of an enemy country. The Hungarian government sends its foreign residents as Hungarian "voluntary workers to Nazi Germany". Later, "Moritz Ianos" is rescued by a Nazi officer who determines he is a perfect Aryan specimen, and forces him into service in the Waffen SS as a model for German propaganda. Imprisoned after the war, he is severely beaten by his Russian captors, then put on trial by Allied forces because of his work for the Nazis.

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