Great House (Paperback)

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    For twenty-five years, a reclusive American novelist has been writing at the desk she inherited from a young Chilean poet who disappeared at the hands of Pinochetís secret police; one day a girl claiming to be the poetís daughter arrives to take it awa...

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    For twenty-five years, a reclusive American novelist has been writing at the desk she inherited from a young Chilean poet who disappeared at the hands of Pinochetís secret police; one day a girl claiming to be the poetís daughter arrives to take it away, sending the writerís life reeling. Across the ocean, in the leafy suburbs of London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers, among her papers, a lock of hair that unravels a terrible secret. In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer slowly reassembles his fatherís study, plundered by the Nazis in Budapest in 1944.

    Connecting these stories is a desk of many drawers that exerts a power over those who possess it or have given it away. As the narrators of Great House make their confessions, the desk takes on more and more meaning, and comes finally to stand for all that has been taken from them, and all that binds them to what has disappeared. Great House is a story haunted by questions: What do we pass on to our children and how do they absorb our dreams and losses? How do we respond to disappearance, destruction, and change?

    Nicole Krauss has written a soaring, powerful novel about memory struggling to create a meaningful permanence in the face of inevitable loss. "This is a novel about the long journey of a magnificent desk as it travels through the twentieth century from one owner to the next. It is also a novel about love, exile, the defilements of war, and the restorative power of language."óNational Book Award citation

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    ISBN 9780393340648
    Genre FICTION / Literary
    Format Paperback
    Pages 289
    Publisher Date 2011-09-06 00:00:00.0
    Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
    Copyright Year 2010
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.54 lb
    Language English
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Krauss, Nicole

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