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The Resource The undertaking, Audrey Magee

The undertaking, Audrey Magee

Label
The undertaking
Title
The undertaking
Statement of responsibility
Audrey Magee
Title variation
Under taking
Creator
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
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10322065
Cataloging source
AZZPT
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6113.A33553
LC item number
U63 2014
Literary form
fiction
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Target audience
adult
Label
The undertaking, Audrey Magee
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20261847
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
287 pages
Isbn
9780802122452
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)877914046
Label
The undertaking, Audrey Magee
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20261847
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
287 pages
Isbn
9780802122452
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)877914046

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