by Joseph Kanon
Editor: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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Spectacular in every waywonderfully imagined, wonderfully written, a personal mystery emergency against glamorous sweeping and sinister storyJoseph Kanon is the owner of this corner of the literary landscape, and it is a joy to see his title reaffirmed with such authority emphasis” by Lee Enfant on Stardust by the author of The German Good (made in a film starring George Clooney), leaves Berlin is a sweep of the post-war history and an international best-sellerBerlin is still in ruins almost four years after the war, caught between political idealism and the harsh realities of Soviet occupationAlex Meier is a young Jewish writer who fled the Nazis for pre-war America.Now, the politics of his youth have left him prey to the McCarthy witch huntsFaced with the deportation and loss of his family, Alex makes a desperate attempt to negotiate with the young CIA: he will win his way back to America, acting as their agent in his hometown of Berlin.But almost from the beginning things inevitably go wrongEspionage, like the black market, is still a way of lifePraise for Leaving Berlin: “An unforgettable portrait of a city destroyed by defeat and betrayalBrilliant’ The Times of’Leaving Berlin is annoying and beautifully writtenYou’re gonna love this.Falling into the book is like falling into a vice; it will attack you, mercilessly, until the last page: “Richard & Judy Book Club” Very exciting “Daily Telegraph” One of the most exciting books I have read in the years’ Alexander McCall Smith, The author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series “Gathers the difficulties and moral decadence from the postwar period in Berlin to the glorious life detail” Daily Express
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