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Oskar Voxlauer is in flight from his past?from his bourgeois Austrian upbringing; from horrific memories of fighting on the Italian front in 1917 as a teenage recruit; and from the twenty years he has spent in the Ukraine watching his socialist ideals crumble and the life of the woman he loved slowly waste away. Alone, he finally decides to return to the Austrian village of his birth, where his mother is waiting to greet a son she hasn?t seen since he was a boy.

But the year is 1938, and despite Oskar?s attempt to live a reclusive existence as a gamekeeper in the hills, he cannot escape the tensions that are threatening the once tranquil village of Niessen. Hitler marches into Austria and the Black Shirts come to the valley. Voxlauer watches as his Jewish friend and benefactor is driven to ruin. The only things saving him?a ?Red,? a deserter and a ?Yid lover??from the attentions of the SS seem to be the respect the community has for his parents and his growing love for the mysterious Else Bauer, cousin of the new SS Führer.

In his extraordinary first novel, John Wray has given both a poetic evocation of the Austrian landscape and an acute portrait of the dark side of its past. His subtle and human understanding of the ambiguities of history, the complexities of his characters and the stunning richness of his prose mark him as one of America?s most gifted new writers.

Review:

"Starkly and beautifully written . . . a simple, lyrically conceived, and ultimately devastating portrait of our most basic weaknesses and evils, as they came together at one particularly tragic and momentous instant in world history." Susanna Moore, author of My Old Sweetheart

Review:

"It's remarkable enough that an American writer born in the 1970s has managed to depict life in inter-war Germany and Austria with such quiet confidence and precision. That he has also created out of that history a fine old-fashioned novel of unsentimental moral seriousness with no a trace of postmodern preening is astonishing." Kurt Andersen, author of Turn of the Century

Synopsis:

Oskar Voxlauer is in flight from his past—from his bourgeois Austrian upbringing; from horrific memories of fighting on the Italian front in 1917 as a teenage recruit; and from the twenty years he has spent in the Ukraine watching his socialist ideals crumble and the life of the woman he loved slowly waste away. Alone, he finally decides to return to the Austrian village of his birth, where his mother is waiting to greet a son she hasn’t seen since he was a boy.

But the year is 1938, and despite Oskar’s attempt to live a reclusive existence as a gamekeeper in the hills, he cannot escape the tensions that are threatening the once tranquil village of Niessen. Hitler marches into Austria and the Black Shirts come to the valley. Voxlauer watches as his Jewish friend and benefactor is driven to ruin. The only things saving him—a “Red,” a deserter and a “Yid lover”—from the attentions of the SS seem to be the respect the community has for his parents and his growing love for the mysterious Else Bauer, cousin of the new SS Führer.

In his extraordinary first novel, John Wray has given both a poetic evocation of the Austrian landscape and an acute portrait of the dark side of its past. His subtle and human understanding of the ambiguities of history, the complexities of his characters and the stunning richness of his prose mark him as one of America’s most gifted new writers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375406515
Author:
Wray, John
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
History
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Austria
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Villages
Subject:
Gamekeepers.
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 609
Publication Date:
2001
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
325 p.
Dimensions:
8.66x5.98x1.25 in. 1.24 lbs.

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Product details 325 p. pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780375406515 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Starkly and beautifully written . . . a simple, lyrically conceived, and ultimately devastating portrait of our most basic weaknesses and evils, as they came together at one particularly tragic and momentous instant in world history."
"Review" by , "It's remarkable enough that an American writer born in the 1970s has managed to depict life in inter-war Germany and Austria with such quiet confidence and precision. That he has also created out of that history a fine old-fashioned novel of unsentimental moral seriousness with no a trace of postmodern preening is astonishing."
"Synopsis" by , Oskar Voxlauer is in flight from his past—from his bourgeois Austrian upbringing; from horrific memories of fighting on the Italian front in 1917 as a teenage recruit; and from the twenty years he has spent in the Ukraine watching his socialist ideals crumble and the life of the woman he loved slowly waste away. Alone, he finally decides to return to the Austrian village of his birth, where his mother is waiting to greet a son she hasn’t seen since he was a boy.

But the year is 1938, and despite Oskar’s attempt to live a reclusive existence as a gamekeeper in the hills, he cannot escape the tensions that are threatening the once tranquil village of Niessen. Hitler marches into Austria and the Black Shirts come to the valley. Voxlauer watches as his Jewish friend and benefactor is driven to ruin. The only things saving him—a “Red,” a deserter and a “Yid lover”—from the attentions of the SS seem to be the respect the community has for his parents and his growing love for the mysterious Else Bauer, cousin of the new SS Führer.

In his extraordinary first novel, John Wray has given both a poetic evocation of the Austrian landscape and an acute portrait of the dark side of its past. His subtle and human understanding of the ambiguities of history, the complexities of his characters and the stunning richness of his prose mark him as one of America’s most gifted new writers.
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