Saturday, October 3, 2009

Book recommendation: 'The Glass Room' by Simon Mawer

Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2009 and published by Little, Brown, this book provides a look at some of the huge issues of twentieth century history through the microcosm of The Glass Room or brand new, state of the art house built in the 1930s on a hillside near a provincial Czech town for Victor and Liesel Landauer. But when the Nazis arrive they are forced to flee and the house subsequently passes from Nazi hands to the Soviets and then to the Czechoslovak state. The story brilliant intertwines the history of the house and the characters that pass through it and provides another perspective on the choas and destruction which came out of the events of the 1930s. Macro and micro histories all through a glass darkly. A great book.

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