The Right Hand of Sleep

The Right Hand of Sleep

Book - 2001 | 1st ed.
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Oskar Voxlauer is in flight from his past--from his bourgeois Austrian upbringing; from horrific memories of fighting on the Italian front in 1917 as a teenage recruit; and from the twenty years he has spent in the Ukraine watching his socialist ideals crumble and the life of the woman he loved slowly waste away. Alone, he finally decides to return to the Austrian village of his birth, where his mother is waiting to greet a son she hasn't seen since he was a boy. But the year is 1938, and despite Oskar's attempt to live a reclusive existence as a gamekeeper in the hills, he cannot escape the tensions that are threatening the once tranquil village of Niessen. Hitler marches into Austria and the Black Shirts come to the valley. Voxlauer watches as his Jewish friend and benefactor is driven to ruin. The only things saving him--a "Red," a deserter and a "Yid lover"--from the attentions of the SS seem to be the respect the community has for his parents and his growing love for the mysterious Else Bauer, cousin of the new SS Führer. In his extraordinary first novel, John Wray has given both a poetic evocation of the Austrian landscape and an acute portrait of the dark side of its past. His subtle and human understanding of the ambiguities of history, the complexities of his characters and the stunning richness of his prose mark him as one of America's most gifted new writers.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2001, c2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375406515
0375406514
Branch Call Number: FIC WRAY
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 22 cm.

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