The Visible World: A Novel by Mark Slouka

The Visible World: A Novel

byMark Slouka

Kobo ebook | March 18, 2008

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“A vibrantly told love story” with tragic roots in WWII Czechoslovakia (The Washington Post).
 
An American-born son of Czech immigrants grows up in postwar New York, part of a boisterous community of the displaced where he learns fragments of European history, Czech fairy tales, and family secrets gleaned from overheard conversations. Central in his young imagination is the heroic account of the seven Czech parachutists who, in 1942, assassinated a high-ranking Nazi. Yet one essential story has always evaded him: his mother’s.
 
He suspects she had a great wartime love, the loss of which bred a sadness that slowly engulfed her. As an adult, he travels to Prague, hoping to piece together her hidden past—leading to the compelling story at the heart of The Visible World—an “almost unbearably poignant work . . . a penetrating, beautifully composed novel from a writer with a tangible sense of place and period,” the acclaimed author of Brewster and God’s Fool, named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle (Booklist).
 
“The sheer beauty of Mark Slouka’s prose will draw comparisons to The English Patient.” —Gary Shteyngart, *New York Times–*bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story
 
“A book that will last.” —Colum McCann, National Book Award–winning author of Let the Great World Spin

Title:The Visible World: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 18, 2008Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547525214

ISBN - 13:9780547525211

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Visible World A rare treat of a book - exquisite writing, lovely, tight prose and hardly an unnecessary word throughout. Captivating characters who have enough mystery to make you want to know them, and care about them. A very fine piece of writing.
Date published: 2014-04-29