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The Valley of Unknowing Remarkable Superbly Anchored In Place And Time A Brilliant, Evocative And Accurate Novel The Times London In The Twilight Years Of Communist East Germany, Bruno Krug, Author Of A Single World Famous Novel Written Twenty Years Earlier, Falls For Theresa Aden, A Music Student From The West But Theresa Has Also Caught The Eye Of A Cocky Young Scriptwriter Who Delights In Satirizing Krug S WorkAsked To Appraise A Mysterious Manuscript, Bruno Is Disturbed To Find That The Author Is None Other Than His Rival Disconcertingly, The Book Is Good Very Good But There Is Hope For The Older Man The Unwelcome Masterpiece Is Dangerously Political Krug Decides That If His Affair With Theresa Is To Prove Than A Fling, He Must Employ A Small Deception But In The Workers And Peasants State, Knowing The Deceiver From The Deceived, The Betrayer From The Betrayed, Isn T Just Difficult It Can Be A Matter Of Life And DeathThis Subtle, Brilliantly Plotted Story Will Remind Many Readers Of Von Donnersmarck S Oscar Winning Film The Lives Of Others


About the Author: Philip Sington

aka Patrick Lynch with Gary Humphreys Philip Sington is an English novelist and playwright He was born in Cambridge, UK.He read history at Trinity College, Cambridge Together with mystery writer Gary Humphreys he co authored six thrillers under the joint pseudonym of Patrick Lynch, selling over 1 million copies worldwide The third, Carriers , was adapted for the screen in 1998 They also collaborated on the stage play Lip Service , which premiered at the Finborough Theatre, London in 2000 His first solo novel, Zoia s Gold , was published in 2005 His second, The Einstein Girl was published in 2009 This was followed in 2012 by The Valley of Unknowing His work has been translated into 21 foreign languages He lives in London with his German wife and their two children.



10 thoughts on “The Valley of Unknowing

  1. says:

    This book was not only fascinating in its depiction of the German Democractic Republic two years before it fell, but also in the character of Bruno Krug, the writer at the centre of the story Although Bruno s character is so flawed in many ways I never lost sympathy with him, I think because his flaws were so very human and primarily mo


  2. says:

    Oh I loved this book so much A beautiful gentle but powerful read, I was swept along in its current and was mesmerised by the emerging story as it was played out in its paranoia and self doubt of an older man struggling with a young love which reflects his receding fame and success in East Germany Highly recommended.


  3. says:

    A tale of literary thief, betrayal and loss mainly set in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall.I found this book very powerful moving complex gripping The central character was deeply flawed but utterly believable in his calculated, but paranoid, view of the world The storyline was not only full of twists and turns, but also contained all the


  4. says:

    Delightful mix of comedy, tragedy and suspense Reminded me a bit of Milan Kundera for the setting , Nabokov for the humour and Philip Roth for the sexual confessional candour All I can say is, I had a great time and didn t want it to end.


  5. says:

    The Valley of Unknowing is the sort of novel that once you ve finished reading it you regret having to put it away in the bookshelf Philip Sington has successfully combined a poignant love story with a seductive thriller At first, the story moves slowly, but gradually the tension rises and the plot becomes complex and the pace relentless If one reads carefully, the clues


  6. says:

    An extraordinary book, part political thriller, part love story, it narrates the life of a popular East German author during the last years of the GDR It is both a fascinating story and philosophical tale about life under dictature and creativity, the role of the artist in such a society, the compromises made in order to survive A wonderful read.


  7. says:

    Well I didn t expect to cry at the very last page but I did There s humor and mystery and writerly advice and abandonment and informers or not and plumbing I loved it To rehearse imaginary conversations on paper is called literature To do so out loud is called madness Even if she is a spy, what s she going to learn from me The secrets of punctuation Fictions unfoldnaturally when accompanie


  8. says:

    Full disclosure I received this book as a giveaway There was no promise of compensation for this review This book is amazing I read it in 2 days The story takes place in Eastern Germany and it has intrigue mixed with a little love story The character development is superb I found myself rooting for Bruno Klugflaws and all The plot twists and turns with a few surprises, which keeps those pages turni


  9. says:

    Really enjoyed this book It s a gentle, subtle read unsensational but compelling I kept turning then pages to see how it was all going to turn out The author uses language beautifully and the story has been informed by his wife s memories of actually living in the GDR before the Berlin Wall came down Definitely worth reading.


  10. says:

    Convincing portrait of the grim and stultifying atmosphere of Communist East Berlin Some gorgeous writing and a compelling story.


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