The Dark Room tells the stories of three ordinary Germans: Helmut, a young photographer in Berlin in the 1930s who uses his craft to express his patriotic fervour.
Lore, a twelve-year-old girl who, in 1945, guides her young siblings across a devastated Germany after her Nazi parents are seized by the Allies; and, fifty years later, Micha, a young teacher obsessed with what his loving grandfather did in the war, struggling to deal with the past of his family and his country.
About the Author
The daughter of an Australian father and a German mother, Rachel Seiffert was born in Oxford and later moved to London. Her novel The Dark Room was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has also written an acclaimed collection of short stories, Field Study.
"A startlingly powerful debut... Not to be missed" Daily Mail "Ambitious and powerful... Seiffert writes lean, clean prose. Deftly, she hangs large ideas on the vivid private experiences of her principal characters... Poignant - and ultimately optimistic... Engrossing" New York Times "What a bold book... Compelling... Challenging and substantial" Time Out "Guilt, shame, responsibility, new beginnings, the individual in history - these are Seiffert's subjects, conveyed in a style of deceptive simplicity... Provocative and accomplished" The Times "Explores the experience of 'ordinary' Germans...the descendants of Nazis and Nazi sympathizers...and poses questions about the country's psychological and political inheritance with rare insight and humanity" New Yorker
Series: Vintage War
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st April 2014
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 11.1 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1