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A Desert In Bohemia

A Desert In Bohemia
  

It is 1945. Somewhere in Central Europe, in the aftermath of violence and confusion, a terrified and bloodstained young woman, Eliska, emerges from the forest to take refuge in an apparently abandoned castle. Soon she is joined by others. But the war has changed things for ever.

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ISBN 9780552778763
Barcode 9780552778763
Published 1 May 2012 by Transworld Publishers
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Paton Walsh, Jill
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ISBN-13 9780552778763
ISBN-10 0552778761
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Transworld Publishers
Imprint Black Swan
Publication Date 1 May 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Paton Walsh, Jill
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 235g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Refugees - Fiction - Europe, Eastern, Communism - Fiction - Social aspects - Czech Republic - Bohemia, Bohemia Czech Republic - Fiction - Social conditions - 20th century, Europe, Eastern - Fiction - History - 1945-1989
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

It is 1945. Somewhere in Central Europe, in the aftermath of violence and confusion, a terrified and bloodstained young woman, Eliska, emerges from the forest to take refuge in an apparently abandoned castle. Soon she is joined by others - the idealistic Jiri, the sinister Slavomir and his partisans, and Count Michael Blansky, who is the castle's ancestral owner. But the war has changed things forever. In a storm of ideological change, the existing order and the aristocratic heritage of ten generations are brushed aside by the arrival of Communism, and Count Michael must join the flood of refugees if he is to survive. He leaves behind a legacy which will entangle those involved for the next forty years in more ways than they can possibly imagine. As divided post-war Europe unravels around them, they must make what they can of lives buffeted by circumstance. For many, individual freedom is at best problematic. For better or worse, communities are destroyed, families uprooted, and the ties of trust, friendship and duty which bind them together are broken down by the implacably irresolvable forces at work. Told through the eyes of nine characters who live through the forty years between the end of the war and the fall of Communism, A Desert in Bohemia is a complex and enthralling testament to the power and powerlessness of the individual in challenging times.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Tragic, convincing, moving, this is a novel whose richness [and] optimism make the heart sing. - The Times

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Author's Bio

Jill Paton Walsh was educated at St Michael's Convent, North Finchley, and at St Anne's College, Oxford. She is the author of several highly praised adult novels: Lapsing, A School For Lovers, Knowledge of Angels, which was shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize, Goldengrove Unleaving, The Serpentine Cave and A Desert in Bohemia. She has also won many awards for her children's literature, including the Whitbread Prize, the Universe Prize and the Smarties Award. She has three children and lives in Cambridge.

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