The Draughtsman

Paperback | March 28, 2017

byRobert Lautner

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Speak out for the fate of millions or turn a blind eye? We all have choices.'Absolutely exceptional. So beautifully written, with precision and wisdom and real emotional acuity . A remarkable achievement' STEPHEN KELMAN, author of Pigeon English1944, Germany. Ernst Beck's new job marks an end to months of unemployment. Working for Erfurt's most prestigious engineering firm, Topf & Sons, means he can finally make a contribution to the war effort, provide for his beautiful wife, Etta, and make his parents proud. But there is a price.Ernst is assigned to the firm's smallest team - the Special Ovens Department. Reporting directly to Berlin his role is to annotate plans for new crematoria that are deliberately designed to burn day and night. Their destination: the concentration camps. Topf's new client: the SS.As the true nature of his work dawns on him, Ernst has a terrible choice to make: turning a blind eye will keep him and Etta safe, but that's little comfort if staying silent amounts to collusion in the death of thousands.This bold and uncompromising work of literary fiction shines a light on the complex contradictions of human nature and examines how deeply complicit we can become in the face of fear.

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Speak out for the fate of millions or turn a blind eye? We all have choices.'Absolutely exceptional. So beautifully written, with precision and wisdom and real emotional acuity . A remarkable achievement' STEPHEN KELMAN, author of Pigeon English1944, Germany. Ernst Beck's new job marks an end to months of unemployment. Working for Erfu...

Robert Lautner was born in Middlesex in 1970. Before becoming a writer he owned his own comic-book store, worked as a wine merchant, photographic consultant and recruitment consultant. He now lives on the Pembrokeshire coast in a wooden cabin with his wife and children.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pagesPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0008126720

ISBN - 13:9780008126728

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Praise for THE DRAUGHTSMAN:'Absolutely exceptional. So beautifully written, with precision and wisdom and real emotional acuity. The horrors are illuminated and rendered on a human scale by Lautner's wonderfully gripping narrative, drawing me in to the intimate story of Ernst and Etta, and their very affecting portrayal as individuals caught up in larger events. With outrage and tenderness he describes a moment in time most of us would say we knew too much about already - and sheds new light on it. A remarkable achievement.' Stephen Kelman, author of PIGEON ENGLISHPraise for THE ROAD TO RECKONING:'It's a thrilling, violent, dangerous piece of old-fashioned storytelling that is also humane and unshowily moving' THE TIMES'A compelling read: wise, touching and with just the right amount of gun fights'NATHAN FILER, author of The Shock of the Fall'As simply told tales go, this is one of the best. It shares with its hero a plain eloquence and a determination and a grace rare in the world and in books. Give The Road to Reckoning to every man you know and they'll thank you for it' JOSHUA FERRIS, author of the Man Booker-shortlisted To Rise Again at a Decent Hour'Compelling, gripping and beautiful . a poetic page-turner with precision and heart. In Thomas Walker and Henry Stands Robert Lautner has created characters who live in the memory long after the book is closed'STEPHEN KELMAN, author of Pigeon English'This quiet triumph of a novel, a sad and impeccably nuanced tale set against a finely drawn landscape of early pioneer America, left me just amazed and delighted: it will surely establish Robert Lautner as a storyteller of the first order' SIMON WINCHESTER, author of Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories'A twisty, gripping first novel from British author Lautner.a robust debut that wears its meticulous research lightly' KIRKUS REVIEWS