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La Ville Derrière Le Mur
 
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La Ville Derrière Le Mur

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New Year’s Eve, 1988. Two people are dancing an inexpert tango in no-man’s-land as snow falls. Who, what, are they waiting for? Philip Hensher’s Berlin is a city of escape and hiding, where wary obsessions form and grow. Shady Mr Picker has a dream of a rose-coloured dawn; he knows he could change history by introducing pleasure to the East – or, at any rate, large consign ...more
445 pages
Published 2001 by 10-18 (first published 1998)
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Vanessa Wu
There has been a lot of fuss about the Booker prize in the UK recently, which is meant to recognise the best literary books being written today. Some commentators were astonished that some of the best literary novelists were not even on the shortlist. I decided to buy the books of some of these unfortunate but brilliant authors who were overlooked by this year's judges. Philip Hensher is one of them, though this is an older book of his, from 1998.

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Katie Grainger
I did not really get along with this book, I was pretty disinterested in it from the start. It just wasn't the book for me, I am sure there are loads of subtle things I have missed that make this book a prize winner but for me I just didn't enjoy it.
Frank Cardenas
Got this book motivated by the great reviews at the back, but I must say that I was disappointed as it caused me some pain to finish it up. The story seems to be interminable with an array of boring and predictable characters. I love the cover though. :)
Sara
This book had really good reviews, but one of them which I later read said "Tolstoyan". Perhaps I should have paid more attention. Not that I've read any Tolstoy, but this one was going over my head, so gave up around a quarter of the way through.
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Hensher was born in South London, although he spent the majority of his childhood and adolescence in Sheffield, attending Tapton School.[2] He did his undergraduate degree at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford before attending Cambridge, where he was awarded a PhD for work on 18th century painting and satire. Early in his career he worked as a clerk in the House of Commons, from which he was fired over th ...more
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