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Leaving Berlin: A Novel - Joseph Kanon
Leaving Berlin: A Novel
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From the bestselling author of Istanbul Passage—called a “fast-moving thinking man’s thriller” by The Wall Street Journal—comes a sweeping, atmospheric novel of postwar East Berlin, a city caught between political idealism and the harsh realities of Soviet occupation.Berlin 1948. Almost four... show more
From the bestselling author of Istanbul Passage—called a “fast-moving thinking man’s thriller” by The Wall Street Journal—comes a sweeping, atmospheric novel of postwar East Berlin, a city caught between political idealism and the harsh realities of Soviet occupation.Berlin 1948. Almost four years after the war’s end, the city is still in ruins, a physical wasteland and a political symbol about to rupture. In the West, a defiant, blockaded city is barely surviving on airlifted supplies; in the East, the heady early days of political reconstruction are being undermined by the murky compromises of the Cold War. Espionage, like the black market, is a fact of life. Even culture has become a battleground, with German intellectuals being lured back from exile to add credibility to the competing sectors. Alex Meier, a young Jewish writer, fled the Nazis for America before the war. But the politics of his youth have now put him in the crosshairs of the McCarthy witch-hunts. Faced with deportation and the loss of his family, he makes a desperate bargain with the fledgling CIA: he will earn his way back to America by acting as their agent in his native Berlin. But almost from the start things go fatally wrong. A kidnapping misfires, an East German agent is killed, and Alex finds himself a wanted man. Worse, he discovers his real assignment—to spy on the woman he left behind, the only woman he has ever loved. Changing sides in Berlin is as easy as crossing a sector border. But where do we draw the lines of our moral boundaries? Betrayal? Survival? Murder? Filled with intrigue, and the moral ambiguity of conflicted loyalties, Joseph Kanon’s new novel is a compelling thriller and a love story that brings a shadowy period of history vividly to life.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781476704647 (1476704643)
ASIN: 1476704643
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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Sister Mary Murderous
Sister Mary Murderous rated it
5.0 Berlin after the war, before the Wall
I've always enjoyed Joseph Kanon's books, which are thrillers set in various places around the world, but all taking place shortly after World War II. Kanon mines that same ground over and over because it's one of the richest veins of material you could ever hope to find. The war has ended, but no...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 This is an exciting post World War II political thriller.
Joseph Kanon has written a very exciting book about the politics and atmosphere in the world shortly after the end of World War II. With the demise of The Third Reich and the Social Democrats, the overriding fear of the Nazis receded and was replaced by a fear of Communism which when surfaced, rose...
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite rated it
3.0 Leaving Berlin, by Joseph Kanon
It's impossible now to pinpoint the moment when the Soviet Union became America's official enemy rather than its ally after the end of World War II. The moment had definitely passed by the time Alex Meier returned to Berlin in 1947 at the invitation of the Soviet and German authorities. Little do th...
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