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The Gift from Berlin

Lucette Ter Borg

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ISBN 10: 1897151314 / ISBN 13: 9781897151310
Published by Cormorant Books
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Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, that’ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Bookseller Inventory # 2547585510

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Title: The Gift from Berlin

Publisher: Cormorant Books

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:GOOD

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Retired forest manager Andreas Landewee is a reluctant witness to history, having survived both World War II and the Soviet occupation of Germany. When his wife Elizabeth dies, he decides to leave Europe and live in a cabin deep in the woods of British Columbia. Landewee sees this move as a chance to start a new life. But without realizing it, he begins to re-create his old one. He imports trees from Europe. He invites his children to join him in Canada. He frantically awaits keepsakes from home, including Elizabeth's most prized possession -- a piano given to her by her hero and admirer, Adolf Hitler. Yet despite these inescapable ties to the past, Landewee tries to make good in his new home. He renews his relationship with his son, befriends his neighbours, and defends his adopted forest. With time, he slowly begins to explore the memories carried within the piano, and -- through the beauty of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony -- finally comes to realize that only by accepting the past can he move towards redemption.

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Lucette ter Borg is a writer, journalist, and director. Her first novel, The Gift From Berlin, won the 2005 National Dutch Debut Prize. She has also published a graphic novel titled The Cannon Ball with Michiel Kragten, as well as World One Minutes: Video & Literature. Lucette has a son and lives in the Netherlands.

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