Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011, Nicole Krauss' "Great House" is a haunting story that explores loss and memory. In New York a woman spends the night with a young Chilean poet before he departs, leaving her at his desk. Later, he is arrested by Pinochet's secret police...In north London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers ...
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011, Nicole Krauss' "Great House" is a haunting story that explores loss and memory. In New York a woman spends the night with a young Chilean poet before he departs, leaving her at his desk. Later, he is arrested by Pinochet's secret police...In north London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers a lock of hair that unravels a terrible secret...In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer reassembles his father's study plundered by Nazis. One item remains missing...Spanning continents and decades, weaving an intricate web of its characters' lives, "Great House" tells a soaring story of love, loss and survival against the odds. ""The History of Love" was very good indeed. "Great House"...is even better. A heartbreaking meditation on loss and memory and how they construct our lives". ("Guardian"). "Full of mystery and suspense, building towards one of the great climaxes in contemporary fiction. It is hard to imagine a better book of fiction being published this year...one of the finest writers of our time". ("Jewish Chronicle"). "Bewitching, mysterious and deeply moving. One of 2011's must-reads". ("Harper's Bazaar"). Nicole Krauss is an American bestselling author who has received international critical acclaim for her first three novels: "Great House", "The History of Love" (Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006 and winner of the 2006 Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger) and "Man Walks into a Room" (shortlisted for the LA Times Book Award), all of which are available in Penguin paperback.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-12-20 A writing desk serves as Krauss's literary device to connect five striking vignettes. So, too, are the characters emotionally linked through lives that involve writing and reading, love overshadowed by loss, and connection outweighed by isolation. The book is narrated at a stately pace-which will be appreciated by the serious listener who might wish to stop the audio to write down a line or two-by Robert Ian MacKenzie (narrator of McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street series) who demonstrates that he can do wonders with material he can sink his teeth into. His performance as a British professor married to a reclusive writer is a marvel, and Alma Cuervo's evocation of a lonely author haunted by her relationship to a previous owner of the desk is affecting and nuanced. Listeners who enjoy lingering over a top-notch novel will be intellectually nourished by this audio. A Norton hardcover. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-08-09 This stunning work showcases Krauss's consistent talent. The novel consists of four stories divided among eight chapters, all touching on themes of loss and recovery, and anchored to a massive writing desk that resurfaces among numerous households, much to the bewilderment and existential tension of those in its orbit, among them a lonely American novelist clinging to the memory of a poet who has mysteriously vanished in Chile, an old man in Israel facing the imminent death of his wife of 51 years, and an esteemed antiques dealer tracking down the things stolen from his father by the Nazis. Much like in Krauss's The History of Love, the sharply etched characters seem at first arbitrarily linked across time and space, but Krauss pulls together the disparate elements, settings, characters, and fragile connective tissue to form a formidable and haunting mosaic of loss and profound sorrow. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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