The Valley of Unknowing

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The Valley of Unknowing

By Philip Sington

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393239331, 297pp.

Publication Date: December 3, 2012

Description
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 work.

Asked 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 more 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 is a matter of life and death. Now the celebrated author and secret Stasi informer is ready to confess

The Valley of Unknowing is both a moving and entertaining love story and a seductive thriller, one that pits the past against the future, commerce against creativity, and art against life.

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