Michael Dean has a history degree from Worcester College, Oxford, an MSc in Applied Linguistics from Edinburgh University and a translator’s qualification (AIL) in German. His non-fiction includes a book about Chomsky and many educational publications.
He has published several novels.
The Darkness into Light omnibus (Sharpe Books, 2017): The Rise and Fall of the Nazis comprises five titles:
Before the Darkness – about the German Jewish Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau, assassinated in 1922
The Crooked Cross – about Hitler and art
The Enemy Within – about Dutch resistance during the Nazi occupation.
Hour Zero – about Germany in 1946
Magic City – a novel of Jewish identity set in Germany in the early 1970s.
He also published some stand-alone novels:
Thorn, (Bluemoose Books, 2011) about Spinoza and Rembrandt
I, Hogarth (Duckworth-Overlook, 2012), which sets out to unify Hogarth’s life with his art.
The White Crucifixion, a novel about Marc Chagall, was published by Holland Park Press in February 2018.
Michael says: ‘The White Crucifixion intends to unify Marc Chagall’s life, painting and the Jewish experience in the twentieth century. In some ways, I see it as a follow-up to my previous novel, I, Hogarth. The two novels are, however, very different because the two artists painted very differently and I try to reflect that (‘Dean writes as Hogarth paints,’ Andrea Wulf, New York Times). Nevertheless, you could see this as a kind of Jewish I, Hogarth.’
Enjoy Artist’s White Crucifixion Made a Marc on Novelist a profile of Michael Dean which was publishing in the Jewish Telegraph on 19 January 2018.
‘The priority for me is always to write a novel but at the same time stay true to real life.’ – From an interview with Michael Dean in The Gazette
His latest novel True Freedom, about how America came to fight Britain for its independence, was published in June 2019.