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Valley of Unknowing
Publication: April 5th 2012, Publisher: Harvill Secker
The startling confession of Bruno Krug, celebrated author and covert Stasi informer...
In the twilight years of communist East Germany, Bruno Krug, writer, womaniser, People's Champion of Art and Culture - and occasional neighbourhood plumber - falls for Theresa Aden, a music student from the West. But Theresa has also caught the eye of a cocky young scriptwriter who delights in satirising Krug's latter-day offerings.
Asked to appraise a mysterious manuscript, Bruno finds himself in a quandary when the anonymous author turns out to be none other than his rival. Disconcertingly, the book is good - very good. But there is hope for the older man: the unwelcome masterpiece is also dangerously political. If his affair with Theresa is to prove more than a fling, the enamoured Krug decides he must employ a small deception. But in the Workers' and Peasants' State, knowing the deceiver from the deceived, the betrayer from the betrayed, isn't just difficult: it can be a matter of life and death.
The Valley of Unknowing is a moving and entertaining love story and a seductive thriller, one that pits the past against the future, commerce against creativity, and art against life.
publication: April 5th 2012, size: 236x154x32mm pages: 304, ISBN-13: 978-1846552915
Publication: August 4th 2009, ISBN: 9781846552908
Thirty years after his death, private correspondence between Albert Einstein and his first wife, the Serbian mathematician Mileva Maric, was opened to public scrutiny for the first time. It revealed glimpses of a tragedy at the heart of their troubled marriage: a secret they went to extraordinary lengths to keep hidden from the world, and which, in spite of their divorce, they carried to the grave.
Two months before Adolf Hitler's rise to power, a beautiful young woman is found naked and near death in the woods outside Berlin. When she finally emerges from a coma, she can remember nothing, not even her own name. The only clue to her identity is a handbill found nearby, advertising a public lecture by Albert Einstein: 'On the Present State of Quantum Theory'. read more >>
Publication: 2005, Publisher: Atlantic Books
Stockholm, December 1999. Madam Zoia, the enigmatic painter on gold, is dead. The last known survivor of the Romanov court, she leaves behind a house full of paintings, a collection of private papers, and a mystery.
Marcus Elliot, a former art dealer, travels to snow-bound Sweden to write the catalogue that will accompany the sale of her work. Zoia's paintings have been willed to her doctor, who is only too happy to sell to the Russian buyers gathering at the previews. But for Marcus something feels wrong.
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