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The Mark of the Angel

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ISBN13: 9780375709210
ISBN10: 0375709215
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This novel marks the stuning American debut of an internationally acclaimed writer.  Combining the narrative drive of Birdsong with the emotional resonance of The Reader, The Mark of the Angel is a haunting and unforgettable tale of three lives woven together by longing, fate, and the weight of history.

The year is 1957, and the place is Paris, where the psychic wounds of World War II have barely begun to heal and the Algerian war is about to escalate.  Saffie, an emotionally damaged young German woman, arrives on the doorstep of Raphael, a privileged musician who finds her reserve irresistible.  He hires her, and over the next few days seduces her and convinces her to marry him.  But when Raphael sends Saffie on an errand to the Jewish ghetto, where she meets Andr&aacutes, a Hungarian instrument maker, each of their lives will be altered in startling and unexpected ways.  As Saffie learns to feel again, her long buried memories coupled with the inexorable flow of historical forces beyond anyone's control, create a tableau of epic tragedy.  The Mark of the Angel is a mesmerizing novel of love, betrayal, and the ironies of history.

Synopsis:

Set in Paris in the 1960s, this story recounts the passionate love affair between a married German woman and a Hungarian Jewish instrument maker, shows how their lives intersect with the historical events of the time, and describes the different ways in which they remember World War II and the Algerian war for independence.

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Nancy Huston lives in Paris.

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Reading Junkie, January 31, 2012 (view all comments by Reading Junkie)
This is a beautiful book about being human, and it took me completely by surprise. Normally part of the draw of a novel is being able to identify with or at least sympathize with a main character. I didn't really like the main characters, but somehow author Huston made me care deeply about their stories anyway. For a book with such stark characterizations, it packs a big emotional punch, and has haunted me since I first picked it up. It's the story of three wounded people carrying on after WWII, and the intersection of their lives and fates with each other and with the brutal past they're all trying to forget. Read this book! It will change you.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375709210
Author:
Huston, Nancy
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
France
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
Abt. VIII, Bd. 3
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 0.5 in 0.56 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Set in Paris in the 1960s, this story recounts the passionate love affair between a married German woman and a Hungarian Jewish instrument maker, shows how their lives intersect with the historical events of the time, and describes the different ways in which they remember World War II and the Algerian war for independence.
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