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Vienna by Eva Menasse
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From the very beginning - the birth of the narrator's father in the middle of a bridge party - the reader is plunged headlong into the world of Vienna, a novel crowded with voices, characters, tragedy and joy. The disintegration of history and indentity in the twentieth century is seen through the adventures of one family - half-Jewish Viennese, split apart by the Nazi invasion and sent out into the world. Dispensing with linear narrative, the story loops forwards and back to follow each member on their winding course. Their experiences encompass fraudsters, footballers, fools and fur coats as the narrative moves from Austria to London, from Canada to the battlefields of Burma. This is a landmark European novel of impressive reach and power whose readership will spread as widely as the family whose story it tells. It introduces in Eva Menasse an intimate chronicle of human experience and an unashamedly gleeful storyteller. Her cast of entrancing characters and unexpected events shows us imperceptibly the formation and disintegration of family history and identity.

Author Biography

Born 1970, Eva Menasse was a successful journalist on the Frankfurter Allgemeine, and now lives and works in Berlin as a freelance writer. This is her first novel. Anthea Bell
Release date NZ
January 1st, 2007
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Contributor
Translated by Anthea Bell
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Pages
368
Dimensions
130x198x24
ISBN-13
9780753821718
Product ID
1686924

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