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The glass room /
Simon Mawer.
imprint
London : Little, Brown, 2009.
description
405 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1408700778 (hbk.), 9781408700778 (hbk.)
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imprint
London : Little, Brown, 2009.
isbn
1408700778 (hbk.)
9781408700778 (hbk.)
catalogue key
6769454
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Man Booker Prize for Fiction, GBR, 2009 : Nominated
Reviews
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Guardian UK, January 2009
The Times (London), February 2009
Washington Post, November 2009
Guardian UK, January 2010
Boston Globe, March 2010
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Summaries
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High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House has been built for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But, when the storm clouds of WW2 gather, the family must flee, accompanied by Viktor's lover and her child. But the house's story is far from over, as it passes from hand to hand, from Czech to Russian.
Main Description
Cool. Balanced. Modern. The precisions of science, the wild variance of lust, the catharsis of confession and the fear of failure ? these are things that happen in the Glass Room.High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House shines as a wonder of steel and glass and onyx built specially for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But the radiant honesty of 1930 that the house, with its unique Glass Room, seems to engender quickly tarnishes as the storm clouds of WW2 gather, and eventually the family must flee, accompanied by Viktor's lover and her child. But the house's story is far from over, and as it passes from hand to hand, from Czech to Russian, both the best and the worst of the history of Eastern Europe becomes somehow embodied and perhaps emboldened within the beautiful and austere surfaces and planes so carefully designed, until events become full-circle.

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