Hugo Hamilton, the internationally acclaimed author of 'The Speckled People' and 'Sailor in the Wardrobe', turns his hand back to fiction with a compelling drama tracing Berlin's central historical importance throughout the twentieth century. 1945. At the end of the second world war in Berlin, a young mother loses her two-year-old boy in the bombings. She flees to the south, where her father finds a young foundling of the same age among the refugee trains to replace the boy. He makes her promise never to tell anyone, including her husband - still fighting on the Russian front - that the boy is not her own. Nobody will know the difference. 2008. Gregor Liedmann is a Jewish man now in his sixties. He's an old rocker who ran away from home, a trumpet player, a revolutionary stone-thrower left over from the 1968 generation. On a single day spent gathering fruit in an orchard outside Berlin with family and friends, Gregor looks back over his life, sifting through fact and memory in order to establish the truth. What happened on that journey south in the final days of the war? Why did his grandfather Emil disappear, and why did the Gestapo torture uncle Max? Here, in the calmness of the orchard, along with his ex-wife Mara and son Daniel, Gregor tries to unlock the secret of his past. In his first novel since the best-selling memoir The Speckled People, Hugo Hamilton has created a truly compelling story of lost identity, and a remarkable reflection on the ambiguity of belonging.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Hugo Hamilton was born and grew up in Dublin. He is the author of five novels and two internationally acclaimed memoirs, 'The Speckled People' and 'Sailor in the Wardrobe'.From Publishers Weekly:
As in his memoirs The Speckled People and The Harbor Boys, Hamilton's dominant theme in this absorbing and introspective novel is identity. His protagonist, Gregor Liedmann, was a toddler when Nazi Germany surrendered, and he grew up in Nuremberg enveloped by the nation's shame. By the time he is in his 20s, a musician living in Berlin, Gregor has created a romantic persona for himself, that of a twice-orphaned Jew. The personal history he tells his friends, the woman he marries and his son, is based on denial and instinct, few facts and much supposition. He believes, because he wants to believe, that he was a refugee given to a woman who lost her only child in a bombing. Hamilton writes vividly about the frustration of a boy living with adults damaged by war, though his examination of the common embellishments individuals use while inventing and affirming their own histories can feel redundant. Even so, the questions he raises are fascinating. (Dec.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Fourth Estate (GB), 2008. Book Condition: New. Ships from the UK. BRAND NEW. Bookseller Inventory # GRP67914627
Book Description Fourth Estate (GB), 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007192169
Book Description Harpercollins Publishers, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 272 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0007192169
Book Description Fourth Estate, London, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New book. Bookseller Inventory # 22658
Book Description Fourth Estate, 2008. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. New PB original. Without inscription. Please contact me for further details of this book or other titles not presently listed. My main speciality is IRISH BOOKS. To see other books on this subject click on: "MORE BOOKS FROM THIS SELLER" and then type in “IRISH” under KEYWORDS, which can be filtered further by “history” [which includes politics], “literary”, “topography”& "Art". I have built up my collection over 25 year and I am constantly acquiring new stock. Do contact me for more information of further titles not presently listed. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14952499291