Centred round Michael, one of a group of British students on an exchange trip to Germany in 1968, this novel describes his attitudes and looks into the feelings of guilt, remorse and recrimination that must have occured at this time in history.
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Born in Switzerland, Francis King spent his childhood in India. Whilst at Oxford he wrote three novels and then joined the British Council. He was the drama critic of the Sunday Telegraph and reviewed fiction extensively. He wrote over twenty novels and his non-fiction includes E. M. Forster and his World.From Publishers Weekly:
British author and poet King sets this strangely unsettling story in a bleak German college town during 1948. Here Michael Gregg finds a home--as do his fellow English students--as a guest of local German undergraduates. Jurgen Koesten, who escorts the Brits to their domiciles, fascinates Michael. A symbol of "pure Aryan blood," Jurgen is as handsome, virile and blond as a poster boy for Hitler Youth. He seduces virginal Michael in the weeks that follow. The novel focuses on this relationship while also describing the fostering of Anglo-German fellowship among the other young people and their hosts. Plot is absorbing and characters are skillfully individuated. In the end, though, King leaves the reader dissatisfied. Why is the purpose of the visit never explained? Why is Michael, at age 50, long married and settled back home, still haunted by memories of Jurgen's betrayal? An effective, but ultimately frustratingly enigmatic work.
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Book Description Viking Pr, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110241127254
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Book Description Viking Pr, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0241127254