The Bookshop, the Gate of Angels and the Blue Flower

The Bookshop, the Gate of Angels and the Blue Flower

Hardback Everyman's Library

By (author) Penelope Fitzgerald, Introduction by Frank Kermode

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  • Format: Hardback | 608 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 210mm x 30mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1857152476
  • ISBN 13: 9781857152470
  • Sales rank: 140,407

Product description

Includes three novels: The Bookshop, about a bookstore owner bothered by hostile townsfolk, The Gates of Angels, an Edwardian romance, and The Blue Flower, about the fictionalized relationship between German poet, Novalis and his true love.

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Levi was imprisoned in Auschwitz from March 1944 to January 1945. Of the 650 Jews who entered the camp with him, 525 went to the gas chamber. He survived, and here describes his experience during those ten months. He explains the writing of this book as a need felt by all the survivors; 'the need to tell our story to 'the rest', to make the rest participate in it; the book has been written to satisfy this need: first and foremost, therefore, as an interior liberation.' He writes simply, elegantly, precisely about his experience. It is utterly matter-of-fact - not a hint of sensation, self-indulgence, or self pity. And the effect upon the reader is exactly that which he sought for himself in telling the tale; an interior liberation. To look at the worst that man can do, and know that the best cannot be destroyed by it. Review by Jane Rogers, whose novels include 'Island' (Kirkus UK)