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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd; New edition edition (1 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846270863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846270864
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Slouka has been compared with Sebald, Ondaatje and Kundera - and not without reason'
-- Sunday Telegraph, Katie Owen

'The Visible World has the intensity of a thriller combined with exquisite and moving literary prose'
-- Publishing News

A profoundly moving and compelling story of romantic heroism.
-- Good Book Guide

`A haunting and cleverly constructed narrative' -- Sunday Times

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This is a story about memory and concealed histories, and about the way that the most fiercely-held secrets of the past eventually force their way to the surface. It begins with a boy, the child of Czech immigrants to the US, who is brought up hearing the ancient myths, and the folktales of his parents' homeland. As he grows older, he becomes aware that the one story he hasn't been told is what his parents did during the war. It is only as an adult, when he makes a journey back to Czechoslovakia, that he discovers their part in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the notorious 'butcher of Prague'.

Embedded at the heart of this gripping history is a powerful love story - of a tragic passion and an enduring commitment. Plotted with all the intensity of a thriller, The Visible World is immediately involving, and a novel to delight on every level - intellectual, literary and emotional. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
I came to this book through the Richard & Judy bookclub. Admittedly, it is probably a book I never would have picked up to read otherwise, had it not on their list. But, as I read other reviews for it on Amazon before turning to it, I became quite eager to begin its journey. The positive feedback suggested that it was an engrossing love story, set against the turmoil of war. On the back cover, a couple of sentences from the novel itself also piqued my interest:-
"My mother knew a man during the war. Theirs was a love story, and like any good love story, it left blood on the floor and wreckage in its wake."

However, upon beginning THE VISIBLE WORLD, I slowly began to lose interest.

The book begins with the narrator discussing his early life. His family are Czech, and his homeland seems vague and distant to him - just as the past can so often be. His memory is fragmentary, but there is one issue that seems to hold everything together - that his mother loved another man before she married his father. As you read the first part of the book, you get the sense that he is desperately trying to undertsand his family's history; not just their personal history but also their history in terms of race and culture, and the effects that the war had on them. The second part of the book is the love story - the stroy about his mother and the man that she loved.

Writing this review now, I am quite torn between wanting to express how poignant this book can be and between a sense of disappontment. What I loved about it was how Slouka was able to explore the idea of family members being strangers to those they live with - how circumstances like a World War can make people do extraordinary things; for themselves and their country.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 April 2008
Format: Paperback
This book has had quite mixed reviews that fall into the either very high or very low and I think that's an accurate estimate of how any individual reader will respond. I have to say that I think it's an odd choice for R&J because they tend to choose the obvious 'good reads' that are fairly superficial and, in my opinion, instantly forgettable. This, however, is neither.

As another reviwer here has said, the wartime love story genre usually tends to be full of over-ripe emotions, and (soap) operatic story-lines - this isn't. It's an immensely subtle, elegiac and emotionally-restrained tale of a man's search for a past.

In three parts, the first part is a memoir of an unnamed narrator growing up with Czech emigrant parents in New York. This is both charming and dark with shadows that will stretch into the future.
The second part is a brief intermezzo which takes him to Prague as an adult where he meets various veterans of the war who tell a variety of stories that intersect with, but are not, the story of his parents.
The third part, called a novel, is the narrator's fictional imaginging of what might have been his mother's story and her love for a man who wasn't his father, set in the tense years of 1942.

For a relatively short book (250 pages) this touches all kinds of important themes: the fragility of identity, the extent to which we ever 'know' anyone, even the people closest to us, memory and the fictionalision of our own lives, love, idealism, death.

It's not a strightforward linear narrative which might be one the things that some readers have found problematic, but that is itself one of the themes of the book: the way the past and present are mosaics that shift to tell different stories depending on our own perspective.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 7 Mar 2008
Format: Paperback
Thank goodness for Richard and Judy, I read but I would never have picked up this book if not for them.
Yes, the first half is a little slow but do stick with it, the love story that is the second half is amazing. I read other reviews and was slightly put off by comments on the beautiful prose and great writing, books like this I tend to find hard going and too wordy. This is not one of them. For anyone who has loved and lost or been in a one-sided relationship, read this. Also, the writing describes so well, you can imagine being there, you can see the places visited so clearly in your head that they exist and you feel the pain/love/loss so well that you feel empty when you finish.
Great.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ES on 29 July 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is not for readers who expect a straight narrative, but for everyone who enjoys an emotive and beautiful writing. For some reason i thought it was an autobiography as the vivid images of central European culture, people and places were so true and beautifully described. It felt like flicking through old photographs of a family that you did not really know, but whose story you had the privilage to peep into. Very very lovely.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Pogge on 23 Jan 2008
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When I first ordered this, I was expecting a bit of typical WWII fiction, full of cliches, bodice-ripping, and war-time drama. While these books are often entertaining, they're also usually written badly and have the literary nutrition of a dry cracker. I find writing these days is either plot heavy or style heavy, and it is rare to find the book that balances the two. It was a surprise to find that Slouka's book carried out just such a balancing act; including all the plot of a movie script, yet remaining poignantly and sensually written. The ease and grace with which he blurs the line between fiction and nonfiction suggests that we have a great new writer in our midst. He has created a stunning book, and tells his story with some of the most luscious prose I have ever read. A magnificent read.
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