The Mark of the Angel by Nancy Huston

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In the spring of 1957, a young German woman arrives in Paris to take a position as housekeeper to a bachelor flautist. Soon Saffie and Raphael are married and a son, Emil, is born. One day, Saffie and Emil go on an errand to the Marais - the Jewish Quarter - where they encounter an intriguing instrument maker, Andras. Thus begins a passionate affair that will last a decade. Framed within the love triangle is an exploration of the ways in which individual lives and historical events intersect, from the Soviet invasion of Budapest to the Kennedy assassination, and the different ways in which the German woman and the Hungarian Jew remember World War II and the Algerian war for independence.
 

About Nancy Huston

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A native of Calgary and of New Hampshire, Nancy Huston now lives in Paris; she writes in both French and English. The author of nine novels and numerous works of nonfiction, she has won the Prix Goncourt des Lyceen, the Prix du Livre-Inter, the Prix Elle, and the Governor General's Award for Fiction in French.
 
Published October 1, 1999 by Steerforth Press. 215 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, War, Romance. Fiction

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What doesn—t change, even after their son is born, is Saffie’s attitude: she still feels indifferent about Raphael, though she cares for him in the same obsessive way she keeps house, while Raphael takes inspiration from his little family on his way to becoming the most acclaimed flutist of his g...

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Drenched in irony, and very French in sensibility, Huston's U.S. debut must overcome an unfortunate beginning before it gallops away with the reader's mesmerized attention--but once underway, it fasci

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as befits a book that was not only a best-seller in France but won the Grand Prix des Lectrices d'Elle - by which I understand that the readers of the French edition of Elle magazine considered it their fave book of 1998.

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(Oct.) FYI: The Mark of an Angel won the French Prix des Lectrices d'ELLE and the Prix des Librairies in Canada, and is shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt in France.

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