All That I Am: A Novel by Anna Funder

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By Anna Funder

Award-winning writer Anna Funder supplies an affecting and wonderfully evocative debut novel a couple of workforce of younger German exiles who probability their lives to rouse the area to the terrifying chance of Hitler and Nazi Germany. in response to real-life occasions and people, All That I Am brings to mild the heroic, tragic, and real tale of a small crew of left-wing German social activists who fastened a fierce and crafty resistance from their perilous London exile, in a unique that fanatics of Suite Francaise, The Piano Teacher, and Atonement will locate impossible to resist and unforgettable.

“An intimate exploration of human connection and our accountability to at least one another.” —Colum McCann, writer of Let the nice international Spin

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I have loved this kind of discovery since I got here, the sheer, left-field, practical ingeniousness of America. ’ She shakes her head. ’ She uses the English word. ‘Infinite cups! ’ I must seem unconvinced, or not quite adequately enthralled. ’ She shrugs and laughs a little, sits down. ’ Clara flicks through her steno pad, happier now after her contact with the outside world, her discovery of the bottomless cup. Clara is not even my secretary, but Sidney Kaufman’s, from MGM’s New 24 a l l t h at i a m York office.

It is practically a boy who stands to sing. Blond down on his cheeks, and some thicker, unruly hairs on his chin. Seeing him in this state of transformation – neither boy nor man – feels an act of intimacy that should not be allowed. Outside of here he would have started to shave. With a movement of his shoulders he pulls his wrists into his cassock, as if they’re too tender to be seen. But he cannot stop his hands from gesturing with the notes, which move out from him to fill the room and soar inside us.

Dora has been at the Krupps factory. ’ Dora had joined the Young Socialists at fourteen, and now the brand-new anti-war party, the Independent Social Democrats. She 43 a n na fu n der and Hugo had spent each afternoon that week drafting the leaflet, and I had hung around in the background, listening to them debate every word and idea behind it. I understood little, but enjoyed the warmth of purpose between them. Hugo’s speciality, honed from defending unionists, was criminal procedure. ’ I caught the seriousness in his voice.

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