Inspired by a real house, an amazing modernist
symbol, Simon Mawer has written his best novel yet, a story guaranteed
to dazzle and intrigue the reader.
Cool. Balanced. Modern. The precisions of science, the wild variance
of lust, the catharsis of confession and the fear of failure - these
are things that happen in the Glass Room.
High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House shines as a wonder
of steel and glass and onyx built specially for newlyweds Viktor and
Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But the radiant honesty of
1930 that the house, with its unique Glass Room, seems to engender
quickly tarnishes as the storm clouds of WW2 gather, and eventually the
family must flee, accompanied by Viktor s lover and her child.
But the house s story is far from over, and as it passes from hand
to hand, from Czech to Russian, both the best and the worst of the
history of Eastern Europe becomes somehow embodied and perhaps
emboldened within the beautiful and austere surfaces and planes so
carefully designed, until events become full-circle.
About The Author
Simon Mawer was born in 1948 in England, and spent his childhood
there, in Cyprus and in Malta. He has lived with his wife in Italy for
more than 20 years, and he teaches at the English School in Rome.
** THE GLASS ROOM is a fiction of many remarkable qualities . . . Mawer s control of his themes of language, desire, memory and the power of place is extraordinary - as haunting and mysterious as the effect of sunlight on the wall of golden onyx that survives all the convulsions by which his characters are engulfed Jane Shilling, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
** [THE GLASS ROOM'S] poetic success is to remind us of two great gilt-edged ironies: that whatever is held to be the height of modernity is already en route to the museum, and that even cold art is the embodiment of its maker s passion - one that can prove contagious Richard T Kelly, FINANCIAL TIMES
** Mawer creates a passionately detailed portrait of individuals struggling to snatch order and happiness from frightening, irrational times . . . THE GLASS ROOM achieves a rare feat of being truly enjoyable to read. Rachel Aspden, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
** 'Love triangles litter Mawer's story. They bear witness to his great talent for grasping the non-linear nature of desire. Philip Oltermann, THE TIMES
** Exciting, profoundly affecting and altogether wonderful DAILY MAIL
A novel of remarkable qualities DAILY TELEGRAPH
Compelling. A wholly enjoyable and moving read INDEPENDENT
Truly enjoyable to read SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Transcends mere cleverness to become profound GUARD
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st August 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1