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- DescriptionThis book is shortlisted for the Independent foreign fiction prize 2008. Picking up on a throwaway line in The Magic Mountain , Castorp tells the story of Hans Castorp's student years in Gdansk, long before the adventures in Davos described in Thomas Mann's vel. Pawel Huelle skilfully creates a credible scenario for this influential period in Hans Castorp's development, imagining what happened when the rational German student was exposed to the Slavonic eastern edge of the Prussian empire. He comes across people, events and ideas that anticipate some of the encounters he will experience in years to come, including an enigmatic Polish woman who becomes his obsession. Set at the dawn of the twentieth century, Castorp faithfully recreates the atmosphere of central Europe as the storm began that would lead to two world wars. Beautifully written, full of humour, mystery and eccentricity, this is a moving tribute to a masterpiece of European literature.
- Author BiographyPawel Huelle (born 1957) is a novelist, playwright and newspaper columnist who has lived most of his life in Gdansk, which often features as the setting for his work. After graduating in Polish studies from Gdansk University in the early 1980s he worked as a press officer for the Solidarity trade union. He was also a university lecturer in philosophy and later head of Gdansk's local television channel before becoming a fulltime writer. His acclaimed first novel Who Was David Weiser? was translated into 17 languages.
- PrizesShortlisted for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2008.
- Author(s)Pawel Huelle
- PublisherProfile Books Ltd
- Date of Publication06/09/2007
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- First Published2007
- ImprintSerpent's Tail
- Out-of-print date08/12/2011
- Weight242 g
- Width127 mm
- Height175 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Translated byAntonia Lloyd-Jones
- Format DetailsWith flaps
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