The Resource Back to back, (electronic resource)

Back to back, (electronic resource)

Label
Back to back
Title
Back to back
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Contributor
Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Julia Franck's German-Book-Prize-winning novel, The Blindness of the Heart, was an international phenomenon, selling 850,000 copies in Germany alone and being published in thirty-five countries. Her newest work, Back to Back echoes the themes of The Blindness of the Heart, telling a moving personal story set against the tragedies of twentieth-century Germany. Back to Back begins in 1954, and centers around a single family living in Berlin in the socialist East. The mother, Käthe, is a sculptor of Jewish heritage, who has been leveraging her party connections in order to get more important and significant commissions. Devoted entirely to becoming a success in the socialist state, she is a cruel and completely unaffectionate mother, putting the party above her children, who she treats as if they were adults - there is no bourgeois mollycoddling in her household. Thomas and Ella's father emigrated to West Germany after World War II, and they deeply long to see him again and dream of a life where they could be allowed to have the kind of childhood that other children enjoy. But Käthe's hard-nosed brutality - a reflection of the materialistic, unsentimental state in which she lives - means Thomas and Ella are unable to live the lives they want to - instead of his dream of becoming a writer, Thomas is forced to study geology, and do hard labor at a quarry as the practical part of his education. And Ella, meanwhile, is becoming increasingly introverted and strange - not least because the Stasi lodger the government has billetted in their home is beginning to abuse her... Heartbreaking and shocking, Back to Back is a dark fairytale of East Germany, the story of a single family tragedy that reflects the greater tragedies of totalitarianism
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Midwest
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Franck, Julia
Dewey number
833/.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Bell, Anthea
  • hoopla digital
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  • Jewish women
  • Single mothers
  • Women sculptors
  • Electronic books
  • Berlin (Germany)
  • Germany (East)
Target audience
adult
Label
Back to back, (electronic resource)
Link
https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11783731
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Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11783731
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Publisher number
MWT11783731
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11783731
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Back to back, (electronic resource)
Link
https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11783731
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11783731
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Publisher number
MWT11783731
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11783731
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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