The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a 2006 historical novel by Irish novelist John Boyne.[1] The plot concerns a German boy named Bruno whose father is the commandant of Auschwitz and Bruno's friendship with a Jewish detainee named Shmuel.

Quick facts: Author, Country, Language, Genre, Publisher...
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
UK first edition book cover
AuthorJohn Boyne
PublisherDavid Fickling Books
Publication date
6 January 2006
Media typePrint (hard cover & paper back)
823.914 22
LC ClassCS 2006/45764
Followed byAll the Broken Places 

Boyne wrote the entire first draft in two and a half days, without sleeping much; but also said that he was quite a serious student of Holocaust-related literature for years before the idea for the novel even came to him.[1][2]

The book has received mixed reviews; positive reviews have praised the story as a morality tale. It has been criticized by scholars and historians of the Holocaust as well as memorial organizations.[3][4] Negative reviews have noted the book's historical inconsistencies, and the potential damage it could cause to people's Holocaust education.[5][6][7]

In both 2007 and 2008, it was the best-selling book of the year in Spain,[8] and it reached number one on The New York Times Best Seller list.[9] The book was adapted into a homonymous film in 2008, a ballet in 2017 and an opera entitled A Child in Striped Pyjamas in 2023.[10][11][12][13][14][15] It was followed by a sequel, All the Broken Places, which was published in 2022.[16]

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