House of Shadows

Author:   Diane Meur ,  Teresa Lavender Fagan
Publisher:   Seagull Books London Ltd
ISBN:  

9780857420282


Pages:   456
Publication Date:   17 March 2015
Format:   Hardback
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After the failed revolutions of 1848, Galicia has been brought under the rule of the Habsburg Empire, and the Zemka family find themselves embroiled in the struggle for Polish independence. This is a history of Eastern Europe told in miniature through the tumultuous saga of one family as they try to reclaim their estate in the decades of violence and political confusion that follow. In this extraordinary novel, Diane Meur calls upon an unusual narrator: the ancestral house itself-the House of Shadows of the title-which, from behind its unmoving facade, watches the comings and goings of generations of inhabitants. The house is everywhere in the story, hearing and observing everything; it encompasses all the shadows of a past that it knows better than its occupants do. But it envies the mobility of those who reside there, and though the years pass, nothing changes for the house. Like the house, the Zemka women-mothers and daughters, aunts and nieces-are condemned to a certain immobility. At home, they wait for love, passion, and stories of the calamitous events on the horizon. On the threshold of the twentieth century, only one young woman manages to escape from beneath the weight of her family's house and the historical conflagrations to come.

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Author:   Diane Meur ,  Teresa Lavender Fagan
Publisher:   Seagull Books London Ltd
Imprint:   Seagull Books London Ltd
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 3.70cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.767kg
ISBN:  

9780857420282


ISBN 10:   0857420283
Pages:   456
Publication Date:   17 March 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Diane Meur, a Belgian-born writer and translator, has lived in Paris for the past twenty years. She has written several novels and short stories. Teresa Lavender Fagan is a freelance translator based in Chicago. She has published over twenty translations, including J. M. G. Le Clezio's The Mexican Dream, Roland Barthes's Incidents, and Tzvetan Todorov's The Totalitarian Experience, the latter two also published by Seagull Books.

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