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The Book Thief

The Book Thief

  

by Markus Zusak

Johann Hermann

Character Analysis

Johann is Ilsa Hermann's son, who dies in 1918 in some sort of unexplained barbed-wire fence accident. Ilsa is still grieving and suffering over him twenty-two years later. Meeting Liesel helps Ilsa try to put it behind her and learn to live again.