Visible World

ISBN-10: 0547053673

ISBN-13: 9780547053677

Edition: 2007

Authors: Mark Slouka

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The Visible World is an immensely moving, powerfully romantic novel about the vagaries of love and the legacy of war. The narrator, an American-born son of Czech immigrants, grows up in a boisterous community of the displaced. His New York childhood is suffused with fragments of European history, Czech fairy tales, and family secrets gleaned from overheard conversations. Central in his young imagination is the heroic story of the seven Czech parachutists who assassinated a high-ranking Nazi. As an adult, he travels to Prague, hoping to piece together the essential story that has always evaded him: his mothers. He suspects she had a great wartime love, the loss of which bred a sadness that slowly engulfed her. Though proof is elusive, he imagines the tragic course of the affair and gradually comes to understand his parents marriage and his own history. A masterful storyteller whom Colum McCann has compared to W. G. Sebald, Louise Erdrich, and Michael Ondaatje, Slouka offers a literary page-turner and a greatly satisfying novel.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 3/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Mark Slouka is a graduate of Columbia University and he has taught at Harvard and the University of California at San Diego. He currently teaches at Columbia and lives in New York City with his wife and children.

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