Hoch auf den Hügeln in der Tschecheslowakei gelegen, scheint das
Landauer Haus wie ein Wunder aus Stahl, Glas und Onyx. Perfekt für
den jungen Viktor und seine Frau Liesel, einem Juden und einer
Nichtjüdin. Doch das Licht und die Wärme, die das Haus durch seine
einzigartige Bauweise erfüllen, schwinden schnell, denn der 2.
Weltkrieg zieht herauf.
Die Familie muss fliehen, begleitet von Viktors Geliebten und ihrem
** 'THE GLASS ROOM is a fiction of many remarkable qualities ... Mawer's control of his themes of language, desire, memory and the power of place is extraordinary - as haunting and mysterious as the effect of sunlight on the wall of golden onyx that survives all the convulsions by which his characters are engulfed Jane Shilling, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH ** '[THE GLASS ROOM'S] poetic success is to remind us of two great gilt-edged ironies: that whatever is held to be the height of modernity is already en route to the museum, and that even "cold" art is the embodiment of its maker's passion - one that can Richard T Kelly, FINANCIAL TIMES ** 'Mawer creates a passionately detailed portrait of individuals struggling to snatch order and happiness from frightening, irrational times ... THE GLASS ROOM achieves a rare feat of being truly enjoyable to read. Rachel Aspden, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH ** 'Love triangles litter Mawer's story. They bear witness to his great talent for grasping the non-linear nature of desire. Philip Oltermann, THE TIMES
Simon Mawer was born in 1948 in England, and spent his childhood there, in Cyprus and in Malta. He has lived with his wife in Italy for more than 20 years, and he teaches at the English School in Rome.
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