RANDOLPH SPLITTER's THE THIRD MAN will be out in March

 

The precarious situation of Vienna’s Jewish population reaches a crisis point in March 1938 as Nazi Germany swallows up neighboring Austria, with the support of many Austrians. Jews are harassed. Some are sent to prison camps; others line up at foreign consulates, hoping to obtain visas. Some commit suicide.  Homing in on two families whose lives intersect, two refugees who travel far-flung paths--from Vienna in the 1930s to England in the 1940s, and back—The Third Man is a novel about dispossession, exile, the gift of refuge, and the morally complex search for justice and humanity.

 Randolph Splitter's Jewish parents fled Vienna, Austria, in 1938, and his young cousins were sent on the Kindertransport to England. Splitter grew up on Long Island, earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at the California Institute of Technology and De Anza College. He has published two other works of fiction and a psychoanalytic study of Marcel Proust. He currently lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon, where he dodges raindrops and virus particles, exercises his social conscience, and writes novels.

Here's a trailer which the author created:  https://vimeo.com/644602202/f68d2efa3a .  It provides historical background and images, but avoids revealing the plot.