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Heideggers Glasses opens during the end of World War II in a failing Germany coming apart at the seams. The Third Reichs strong reliance on the occult and its obsession with the astral plane has led to the formation of an underground compound of scribes—translators responsible for answering letters written to those eventually killed in the concentration camps.

Into this covert compound comes a letter written by eminent philosopher Martin Heidegger to his optometrist, who is now lost in the dying thralls of Auschwitz. How will the scribes answer this letter? The presence of Heideggers words—one simple letter in a place filled with letters—sparks a series of events that will ultimately threaten the safety and well-being of the entire compound.

Part love story, part thriller, part meditation on how the dead are remembered and history presented, with threads of Heideggers philosophy woven throughout, the novel evocatively illustrates the Holocaust through an almost dreamlike state. Thaisa Frank deftly reconstructs the landscape of Nazi Germany from an entirely original vantage point.

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Part love story, part thriller, part meditation on how the dead are remembered and history is presented, this novel chronicles the story of a letter written by eminent philosopher Martin Heidegger to his optometrist, who was lost in the dying thralls of Auschwitz.

About the Author

Thaisa Frank is the recipient of two PEN awards, and her two most recent story collections were nominated for the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Award. She has taught writing in the graduate department of San Francisco State University, is on the part-time faculty at the University of San Francisco, and has been Visiting Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley.

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NinaL, April 22, 2011 (view all comments by NinaL)
Thaisa Frank's novel Heidegger's Glasses is a suspenseful, philosophic rumination. This is a unique look into the final days of a horrific time period. The story is saturated with chaos, fear and survival, yet possibilities exist. Elie Schacten is the novel's mysterious heroine and it is through her experiences that the reader sees into this secret world. Elie is a woman split between countries, loyalties and her very identity. Her public self, known to those at the compound, is an agent of the Gestapo. She oversees the scribes in their duties of writing letters. She also scavenges for food and necessities for the compound through favors; she delivers children to safety for payment of extra loaves of bread. Gerhardt Lodenstein is a Nazi party member and military administrator of the compound. He also loves Elie and shares Elie's desire to help those who no longer live with hope.

Intrigue, compassion, suspense and love all prevail in Thaisa Frank's debut novel. Heidegger's Glasses is a fresh perspective of WWII reawakening us to both the horrors and the humanity of that tragic time. Frank's writing is beautiful, uncomplicated, and at times almost brutal in its directness. Heidegger's Glasses is a resonate story that just may stay with the reader long after the final page has turned.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582437194
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Frank, Thaisa
Publisher:
Counterpoint
Subject:
Heidegger, Martin
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20101101
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Part love story, part thriller, part meditation on how the dead are remembered and history is presented, this novel chronicles the story of a letter written by eminent philosopher Martin Heidegger to his optometrist, who was lost in the dying thralls of Auschwitz.
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