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The Glass Room (Abacus 40th Anniversary) Paperback – 4 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; Digital original edition (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349139008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349139005
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 188 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book that shone new light on our times: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2009, The Glass Room is being reissued with a new cover alongside other classic titles from the Abacus list in our 40th Anniversary year.

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On honeymoon in Venice in 1928, Viktor and Liesel Landauer face a new world when they meet brilliant architect Rainer von Abt. Soon, on a hillside near a provincial Czech town, the Landauer house with its celebrated Glass Room will become a modernist masterpiece of travertine floors and onyx walls, filled with light and optimism. But as Viktor is Jewish, when Nazi troops arrive the family must flee.

The house slips from hand to hand, Nazi to Soviet and finally to the Czechoslovak state. It becomes a laboratory, a shelter from the storm of war, and a place where the broken and the ruined find some kind of comfort until, with the collapse of Communism, the Landauers can finally return to where their story began.

'Mawer creates a passionately detailed portrait of individuals struggling to snatch order and happiness from frightening, irrational times . . . truly enjoyable to read' Rachel Aspden, Sunday Telegraph

'Exciting, profoundly affecting and altogether wonderful' Daily Mail

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