Lost in Time by Hans Magnus Enzensberger

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In this innovative time-travel tale, Enzensberger treats history with the same wit, knowledge, adn charm that he broght to mathematics in The Number Devil.

When fourteen-year-old Robert blinks, he is pulled into the place and time of whatever he happens to be looking at. A television documentary leaves him shivering in Siberia in 1956, a movie drops him into the opal mines of post-war Australia, a photo on a mantle zips him off to impoverished Weimar Germany. And that's only the beginning. Hans Magnus Enzensberger takes us through seven countries and historical periods, recreating in each place the mood and temper of the time. But how can Robert return to his own home and kitchen? Landing in seventeenth-century Holland as apprentice to a great painter, Robert comes upon a solution -- but only if he can recall the future, perfectly.

Readers will be swept along by Enzensberger's fast-paced plot, keen eye for detail, fine sense of romance and intrigue, and clever techniques for propelling Robert along his journey. An enchanting introduction to world history, Lost in Time is an engaging novel for readers of all ages.
 

About Hans Magnus Enzensberger

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger is the author of many highly lauded books, including The Consciousness Industry and The Number Devil, an international best seller much loved by readers of all ages. He lives in Munich.
 
Published October 15, 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 352 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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despite pervasive hints of an overall purpose to his journey, he arrives back in his own time neither older (though two subjective years have passed) nor much wiser than when he set out.

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after all, ""Robert had once been camping somewhere in the mountains, with no TV and no bathroom, so he knew that you could get by somehow if you must."" Little connects one journey to the next, and although rich in historical details, the episodes themselves may sometimes seem random--at least t...

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