Titolo: The Dark Room
Casa editrice: Vintage
Data di pubblicazione: 2005
Condizione libro: very good
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Riassunto: "The Dark Room" tells three stories that between them trace the legacy of the Nazi period on the lives of ordinary Germans. Helmut is a young photographer in Berlin in the 30's, who lives with a withered arm in a Nazi state that has little tolerance of the less than physically perfect. Finally called up in the closing months of the war, Helmut eventually has the chance to show his patriotic fervour. Lore is twelve as the war comes to an end. As both her Nazi parents are seized by the Allies, Lore crosses Germany, shepherding her three young siblings to eventual safety at the home of her grandmother. Half a century later, Micha, a young schoolteacher, becomes obsesses with the war record of his much loved, and now dead, grandfather, who was in the Waffen SS on the Eastern Front during the war. He eventually travels to Byelorussia, in his grandfather's footsteps, but returns with more questions and fewer answers, as he struggles to love his grandparents and deal with his country in the shadow of their pasts.
Dal retro di copertina:
?Deftly (Seiffert) hangs large ideas on the vivid private experiences of her principal characters who appear in separate, self-contained sections. In a poignant?and ultimately optimistic?fashion, they trace a progress in moral awareness: from Hitlerian delusion and postwar denial to a readiness for truth and responsibility. Loosely, they form an allegory of the German soul in its passage over 80 years.?
-- The New York Times Book Review
?Seiffert gives us pictures as evocative as they are ghostly, as fragmented as they are telling. The novel unfolds as a triptych . . . (of) ordinary people. . . whom Seiffert brilliantly captures in her lens.?
-- Los Angeles Times
?This lyrical debut collection of novellas explores the experience of ?ordinary? Germans?the descendents of Nazis and Nazi sympathizers?and poses questions about the country?s psychological and political inheritance with rare insight and humanity.?
-- The New Yorker
?A novel about the German soul in the 20th century, this debut work stuns with its simplicity of style and hugeness of subject.?
-- Philadelphia Inquirer
?A novel of uncommon perception, THE DARK ROOM deserves to be placed alongside such exemplary postwar German fictional works as Bernhard Schlink?s The Reader and Hans-Ulrich Treichel?s Lost.?
-- Book Forum
?Rachel Seiffert?s storytelling is completely absorbing and finally overwhelming in its detail, its relentless action, and its beautiful, shy eloquence. The Dark Room, in its strategies for approaching the unwatchable, the unseeable, is brilliant, and in its closing pages, it brings to light a set of images that no reader is ever likely to forget.?
author of The Feast of Love
?Rachel Seiffert writes movingly about three generations of
Germans confined by selective blindness and silence: a patriotic
photographer who limits his vision to the eye of the camera; a courageous refugee girl who stays focused on her own family?s suffering; and a teacher who is compelled and yet terrified to
pursue his search for the truth. Outstanding.?
author of Stones from the River
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