Leaving Berlin (Paperback)Joseph Kanon (author)
The shadow of the Second World War looms ominously over this atmospheric thriller that dissects the nature of ideological loyalty and the devastating mistakes of the past. Couched in sparse, direct prose and replete with a wounded, hard-boiled aura, Leaving Berlin is a powerful tale of deadly power plays between East and West.
The streets, at least, had been cleared but were still lined on either side with piles of bricks and smashed porcelain and twisted metal. Even the smell of bombing, the burned wood and the sour lime of broken cement, was still in the air. But maybe, like the airlift planes, you didn’t notice after a while.
From the author of The Good German comes a sweeping novel set in post-war Berlin.
Alex Meier, a young Jewish writer, fled the Nazis for America before the war. But the politics of his youth have now put him in the crosshairs of the McCarthy witch-hunts.
Faced with deportation and the loss of his family, he makes a desperate bargain with the fledgling CIA: he will earn his way back to America by acting as their agent in his native Berlin. But almost from the start, things go fatally wrong.
Filled with intrigue and the moral ambiguity of conflicted loyalties, Leaving Berlin is a masterful thriller and a love story that brings a shadowy period of history vividly to life.
‘Kanon has a very distinctive style, employing staccato prose and elliptical dialogue that conveys information as quickly as possible so that the story hares along… The novel is hugely exciting, and just as heart-breaking.’ – The Telegraph
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 288 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm
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“An interesting read”
It was not easy to get into this story but I perservered - and it was worth it. Joseph Kanon captured the feel of the divided city pefectly. In my young days it was actually divided by the Wall but in the years before... More
Wonderful book, giving an insight to the life of a man of whom lived in America after leaving Berlin during the Second World War, returning to Berlin, to the life he once had as the memories of his past come back... More
“Great cold-war thriller”
This is the only book of Joseph Kanon that I have read, but I am likely to read others if this is anything to go by.
Set in 1950s Berlin when the city is divided between East and West, Kanon really catches the tension... More
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