The Glass Pearls

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Karl Braun is a slight, grey-haired man who lodges in West London and works as a tuner for a firm of piano makers who know little or nothing about him. His fellow lodgers believe that he, like them, came to England to flee Hitler. But the outwardly poised Herr Braun is inwardly a very anxious man, wracked especially by newspaper reports of the ongoing hunt for Nazi war criminals.

ISBN: 9780571371044 Author: Pressburger, Emeric Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 4th August 2022 Imprint: Faber & Faber Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.914 (edition:23) Pages: 304 Language: English Edition: Reprint Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , , ,

For fans of The Passenger, this thrilling tale of an ex-Nazi surgeon hiding in plain sight in 1960s London by the celebrated filmmaker is a lost noir gem, introduced by Anthony Quinn and narrated on audio by Mark Gatiss.

‘A wonderfully compelling noir thriller and audacious and challenging act of imagination.’ William Boyd
‘This extraordinary novel had me hooked from start to finish.’ Sarah Waters

Nothing is more inviting to disclose your secrets than to be told by others of their own …

London, June 1965. Karl Braun arrives as a lodger in Pimlico: hatless, with a bow-tie, greying hair, slight in build. His new neighbours are intrigued by this cultured German gentleman who works as a piano tuner; many are fellow émigrés, who assume that he, like them, came to England to flee Hitler. That summer, Braun courts a woman, attends classical concerts, dances the twist. But as the newspapers fill with reports of the hunt for Nazi war criminals, his nightmares become increasingly worse .

‘A haunting, remarkable novel, as startlingly original as any of Pressburger’s films.’ Nicola Upson
‘A dark and harrowing window on the past: the ending will haunt your dreams.’ Janice Hallett

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