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The Undertaking, Audrey Magee

Label
The Undertaking
Title
The Undertaking
Statement of responsibility
Audrey Magee
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In a desperate bid to escape the trenches of the Eastern front, Peter Faber, an ordinary German soldier, marries Katharina Spinell, a woman he has never met, in a marriage of convenience that promises 'honeymoon' leave for him and a pension for her should he die in the war. With ten days' leave secured, Peter visits his new wife in Berlin, and both are surprised by the passion that develops between them. When Peter returns to the horror of the front, it is only the dream of Katharina that sustains him as he approaches Stalingrad. Back in Berlin, Katharina, goaded on by her desperate and delusional parents, ruthlessly works her way into Nazi high society, wedding herself, her young husband, and her unborn child to the regime. But when the tide of war turns and Berlin falls, Peter and Katharina find their simple dream of family cast in tragic light and increasingly hard to hold on to. Reminiscent of Bernard Schlink's The Reader, this is an unforgettable novel of marriage, ambition, and the brutality of war, which heralds the arrival of a breathtaking new voice in international fiction"--Provided by the publisher
Summary
An immensely powerful first novel set in Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II. Desperate to escape the Eastern front, Peter Faber, an ordinary German soldier, marries Katharina Spinell, a woman he has never met; it is a marriage of convenience that promises honeymoon leave for him and a pension for her should he die on the front. When Peter visits his new wife in Berlin, both are surprised by the attraction that develops between them. When Peter returns to the horrors of the front, it is only the dream of his wife that sustains him as he approaches Stalingrad. Back in Berlin, Katharina, goaded on by her desperate and delusional parents, ruthlessly works her way into the Nazi party hierarchy, wedding herself, her young husband and their unborn child to the regime. But when the tide of war turns and Berlin falls, Peter and Katharina, ordinary people stained with their small share of extraordinary guilt, find their simple dream of family increasingly hard to hold on to.
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10322065
Cataloging source
MBV
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
The Undertaking, Audrey Magee
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Atlantic Books."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
885334908
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9780802122452
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)885334908
Label
The Undertaking, Audrey Magee
Publication
Copyright
Note
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Atlantic Books."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
885334908
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9780802122452
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)885334908

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