The Dark Room by Rachel SEIFFERT
A Novel

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A debut novel that retells the history of twentieth-century Germany through the experiences of three ordinary Germans.

Helmut: A boy born with a physical deformity finds work as a photographer’s assistant during the 1930s and captures on film the changing temper of Berlin, the city he loves. But his acute photographic eye never provides him with the power to understand the significance of what he sees through his camera. . . . Lore: In the weeks following Germany’s surrender, a teenage girl whose parents are both in Allied captivity takes her younger siblings on a terrifying, illegal journey through the four zones of occupation in search of her grandmother. . . . Micha: Many years after the war, a young man trying to discover why the Russians imprisoned his grandfather for nine years after the war meets resistance at every turn; the only person who agrees, reluctantly, to help him is compromised by his own past.

The Dark Room evokes the experiences of the individual with astonishing emotional depth and psychological authenticity. With dazzling originality and to profound effect, Rachel Seiffert has re-envisioned and illuminated signal moments of the twentieth century in all their drama and complexity.
 

About Rachel SEIFFERT

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Rachel Seiffert was born in England in 1971 and now lives in GermanyFrom the Hardcover edition.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, War. Fiction

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Dazzling debut by a gifted British-born author now living in Germany.

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The Dark Room Rachel Seiffert Random House £12.99, pp391 An elderly Nazi collaborator speaks: 'I think that there is no punishment for what I did.

Jul 22 2001 | Read Full Review of The Dark Room: A Novel

The Guardian

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The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert 391pp, Heinemann, £12.99 Rachel Seiffert was born in Oxford to a German mother, and now lives in Berlin.

Jul 28 2001 | Read Full Review of The Dark Room: A Novel

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Three harrowing stories of people caught in the violent snare of Nazi Germany make up this evenly and unemotionally narrated first novel by an English woman living in Germany. Each of the stories b

Apr 30 2001 | Read Full Review of The Dark Room: A Novel

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A challenging new book aims to change forever the perception of Stone Age Britons from the primitive to the sophisticated.

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By his parents not asking questions of their parents’ generation, Micha becomes the torchbearer for truth.

May 26 2012 | Read Full Review of The Dark Room: A Novel

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