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Markus Zusak

Autor(a) de The Book Thief

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About the Author

Markus Zusak was born in Sydney, Australia on June 23, 1975. He began writing at the age of 16, and seven years later his first book, The Underdog, was published. He is best known for his young adult novels The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, both of which are Michael L. Printz Honor books. The mostrar mais Book Thief was adapted into a movie. His next book, Bridge of Clay was published October 2018. It won 2019 Indie Book Awards for Debut Fiction and Book of the Year. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Markus Zusak

The Book Thief (2005) 43,692 exemplares
I Am the Messenger (2002) 6,445 exemplares
Bridge of Clay (2018) 1,789 exemplares
Getting the Girl (2001) 569 exemplares
Fighting Ruben Wolfe (2000) 355 exemplares
Underdogs (2011) 186 exemplares
The Underdog (1999) 148 exemplares
The Failurist 8 exemplares
Nichts weniger als ein Wunder (2020) 2 exemplares
To Catch A Thief 1 exemplar
Markus Zusak 3 Book Set (2022) 1 exemplar
Book thief, The 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Book Thief [2013 film] (2013) — Original story — 342 exemplares
The Book That Made Me (2016) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares


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Zusak, Markus Frank
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Sydney, New South Wales, Australië
Locais de residência
Sydney, New South Wales, Australië
Engadine High School
University of New South Wales (BA) (English and History)
University of New South Wales (DiplEd)
high school English teacher
Prémios e menções honrosas
Margaret A. Edwards Award (2014)
NSW Premier's Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize) (2003)
Kathleen Mitchell Award 2006 (literature) (2006)
National Jewish Book Award (Children's and Young Adult Literature) (2006)
Ena Noel Award – the IBBY Australia Ena Noël Encouragement Award for Children's Literature (2008)
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature (2003) (mostrar todos 13)
Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award (2003)
Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year-Children (2005)
Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book (2006)
Printz Award Honor Book (2006)
Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis [translate: German Youth Literature Prize] (2007)
Honour Book, CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers (2002)
Honour Book, CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers (2001)

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According to his publisher, Australian author Markus Zusak grew up hearing stories about Nazi Germany, about the bombing of Munich and about Jews being marched through his mother’s small, German town. He always knew it was a story he wanted to tell.
By the age of 30, Zusak had already asserted himself as one of today’s most innovative and poetic novelists. With the publication of The Book Thief, he was dubbed a ‘literary phenomenon’ by Australian and U.S. critics.

Markus Zusak (born 23 June 1975) is an Australian writer of German origin. He is best known for The Book Thief and The Messenger (US title: I Am the Messenger), two novels which became international bestsellers. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 2014.

Zusak was born in Sydney, Australia. His mother Lisa is originally from Germany and his father Helmut is from Austria. They emigrated to Australia in the late 1950s. Markus is the youngest of four children and has two sisters and one brother. He attended Engadine High School and briefly returned there to teach English while writing. He studied English and history at the University of New South Wales, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education.

Zusak is the author of six books. His first three books, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, and When Dogs Cry, released between 1999 and 2001, were all published internationally. The Messenger, published in 2002, won the 2003 CBC Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) and the 2003 NSW Premier's Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize) in Australia and was a runner-up for the Printz Award in America.

The Book Thief was published in 2005 and has since been translated into more than 40 languages. The Book Thief was adapted as a film of the same name in 2013. In 2014, Zusak delivered a Ted Talk, called 'The Failurist' at the Sydney Opera House. It focused on his drafting process and journey to success through writing The Book Thief.

The Messenger (I Am the Messenger in the United States) was published in 2002 and was one of Zusak's first novels. This novel has won awards such as the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards: Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature.

In March 2016 Zusak talked about his then unfinished novel Bridge of Clay. He stated that the book was 90% finished but that, "... I’m a completely different person than the person who wrote The Book Thief. And this is also the scary thing—I’m a different person to the one who started Bridge of Clay eight, nine years ago ... I’ve got to get it done this year, or else I’ll probably finally have to set it aside."



Shared Read: The Book Thief em The 12 in 12 Category Challenge (Março 2012)
"The Book Thief" Spoiler-Free Discussion em Hogwarts Express (Abril 2010)
The Book Thief (with spoileers) em Hogwarts Express (Maio 2009)


Since I've first heard about this book that I had doubts about what I would think about it. I read some books about the Nazi Germany and I liked most of them, but the stories start to be pretty similar. Nevertheless, I always felt curious about this story.
This story is narrated by death. It's the story of a German girl named Liesel who grows up during World War II. We read about her life with her new foster parents. Papa teaches her to read and calms her down when she has nightmares. Mama does the laundry for rich people in town, and she swears a lot but she has a big heart. The girl becomes friends with Rudy, her neighbor, a boy with "hair of color of lemons". She goes to school with him and they have some adventures together. He also helps her the best he can.
Later in the book she also makes a new friend: a Jew named Max, one of my favorite characters. He gives Liesel the perfect gift with the few things he has.
There are several interesting characters in the story, but I'll not write about them all because I don't want to ruin it for you. Every character is really well built and they could be real.
Death, who is trying to understand the human race, narrates the story with insightful observations and dry humor, which made me smile. Death is a strong character, imaginary but so real at the same time because of what this characters feels: the emotions, the sensations, the thoughts.
Zusak is a brilliant writer. He makes the reader think about compassion, family, war and atrocities. He wrote the perfect words for every sentence, for every chapter, for every scene, and the reader has to let the imagination go wild.
It's a book with a slow development. It was a slow reading, but not painful. It was slow because it tells the reader the details, but it's not boring. The descriptions are amazing, you can almost feel it as real.
Liesel is adorable. She is a strong little girl who lives in one of the most tragic moments of our history. Although she may seem fragile, she has already been through some painful moments, and she'll have to deal with more during the story we read. She can always find a way of fighting.
After reading so many book about the Holocaust and the Nazis, sometimes it's hard for me to read about those times again. Weather the story is original or not, it always has a little but of the same old details.
One of the reasons I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because sometimes I had the feeling I was reading a collection of short stories and not a whole novel. Another reason is I didn't feel attached to this book like I felt for others, which I wanted to read without stopping. The book is brilliant, the story, the way it's written... I just felt something was missing.
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misticalKitty | 2,106 outras críticas | Apr 2, 2013 |
One of my favorite books of all time. Absolutely amazing.
Tropic_of_Cancer | 2,106 outras críticas | Dec 16, 2010 |


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