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Remote Sympathy

Catherine Chidgey



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Europa Editions
01 June 2021
Moving away from Munich isn't nearly as wrenching an experience for Frau Greta Hahn as she had feared. Their new home is even lovelier than the one they left behind, and best of all - right on their doorstep - are some of the finest craftsmen from all over Europe, prepared to make for her and the other officers' wives living in this small community anything they could possibly desire, from curtains to furniture to frescos. The looming presence of the nearby prison camp - lying just beyond a patch of forest - is the only blot to mar what is otherwise an idyllic life in Buchenwald.

Frau Hahn's husband, SS Sturmbannfuhrer Dietrich Hahn, has taken up a powerful new position as camp administrator. The job is all consuming as he wrestles with corruption that is rife at every level, inadequate supplies, and a sewerage system under ever-growing strain as the prison population continues to rise. Frau Hahn's obliviousness is challenged when she is forced into an unlikely alliance with one of Buchenwald's prisoners, Dr Lenard Weber. A decade earlier he invented a machine - the Sympathetic Vitaliser - that at the time he believed could cure cancer. Does the machine work? Whether it does or not, it might yet save a life...

'A wonderful new talent.' -Nick Hornby
By:   Catherine Chidgey
Imprint:   Europa Editions
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781787702660
ISBN 10:   1787702669
Pages:   528
Publication Date:   01 June 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Catherine Chidgey is an award-winning and bestselling New Zealand novelist and short-story writer. Her first novel, In a Fishbone Church, won the Betty Trask Award, and was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Golden Deeds was Time Out's book of the year, a Best Book in the LA Times Book Review and a Notable Book in the New York Times Book Review. Her fourth novel, The Wish Child, was published in 2016 and won the 2017 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, the country's richest literary prize.

Reviews for Remote Sympathy

Chidgey is a gifted writer... her confident, commanding prose and vivid atmospherics hold the attention. * The Guardian (on The Transformation) * A richly imaginative, memorable story. * The Times (on The Wish Child) * Chidgey experiments with and opens up new structural territory for what contemporary fiction might be. * New Zealand Herald (on The Beat of the Pendulum) * Chidgey is a find. * TLS * Immersive, profound, and beautifully plotted. * The Guardian * Wise, inventive, insightful and extraordinarily astute about both the darkness and the light in human nature, Catherine Chidgey gives us a riveting historical novel that is piercingly relevant to our time. What do we choose to see and what not to see and what are the consequences? Remote Sympathy broke and awakened my heart in equal measure. One of the best books I've read in years. -- Stacey D'Erasmo, author of Wonderland With its multiple registers and complex view of humanity, this marks a vital turn in Holocaust literature. * Publishers' Weekly - starred * A wonderful new talent. -- Nick Hornby One of the most original, brave and profound explorations of the darkest recesses of the human heart I have ever read. -- Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind An insightful account of human nature set against the chaos of war. It is a moving examination of the human condition and well worth serious attention. * Historical Novels Review * Insightful... staggering....chilling. Remarkably powerful. * Lizzy's Literary Life *

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