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Moran, Thomas

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ISBN 10: 1573220604 / ISBN 13: 9781573220606
Published by Riverhead Books, New York, 1997
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Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Remainder stamp. Minor speckling to jacket at front panel. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. Bookseller Inventory # 57546

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Publisher: Riverhead Books, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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In 1943 Austria, young Niki Lukasser and his best friend Sigi, a blind girl, learn some of life's lessons when they take responsibility for the care and feeding of Dr. Weiss, a Jew whom Niki's parents are hiding from the Germans.


"During the war, we kept our Jew in a box." So begins The Man in the Box, Thomas Moran's debut novel. The Jew is Dr. Robert Weiss, an Austrian doctor on the run from the Nazis; the box is a small space built into the back of a hayloft owned by Herr Lukasser, an Austrian farmer. In the course of his two-year confinement, Dr. Weiss's only contact with the outside world is through Lukasser's son, Niki, whose life the doctor saved many years before, and Niki's blind girlfriend, Sigi. To these two teenagers he imparts the story of his life, fantastical tales conveyed in whispers through the wooden wall of his cell. Writing in spare, clean prose, Mr. Moran captures perfectly the tumultuous interior life of children on the verge of adulthood: the petty cruelties they visit on one another, their sexual stirrings and inchoate longings of adolescence. In the case of Niki, the added burden of the secret he must keep makes this passage particularly perilous--to himself, his family, and the Man in the Box.

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