The Valley of Unknowing

By Philip Sington
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393239331, 297pp.)

Publication Date: December 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the December 2012 Indie Next List
“This well-crafted novel, set in the East German state in the 1980's, is an intricate story of subterfuge and betrayal that shares many features of the best thrillers. Sington offers not only a spot-on description of life in the former DDR, but also gives us real characters in a tale that provides engaging twists up to the very satisfying ending.”
-- Garry Jarman, Island Books, Etc., Mercer Island


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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