The Glass Pearls (Faber Editions)

Emeric Pressburger

This thrilling tale of an ex-Nazi surgeon hiding in plain sight in 1960s London by the celebrated filmmaker is a forgotten feat of Hitchcockian noir, introduced by Anthony Quinn (author of Curtain Call and Our Friends in Berlin).

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ISBN
9780571371051
Date Published
02.08.2022
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Summary

For fans of The Passenger, this thrilling tale of an ex-Nazi surgeon hiding in plain sight in 1960s London by the celebrated filmmaker is a lost noir gem, introduced by Anthony Quinn and narrated on audio by Mark Gatiss.

‘Stunning: incredibly good, thought-provoking and tense.’ Ian Rankin
‘This extraordinary novel had me hooked from start to finish.’ Sarah Waters
‘A wonderfully compelling noir thriller and audacious and challenging act of imagination.’ William Boyd

Nothing is more inviting to disclose your secrets than to be told by others of their own …

London, June 1965. Karl Braun arrives as a lodger in Pimlico: hatless, with a bow-tie, greying hair, slight in build. His new neighbours are intrigued by this cultured German gentleman who works as a piano tuner; many are fellow émigrés, who assume that he, like them, came to England to flee Hitler. That summer, Braun courts a woman, attends classical concerts, dances the twist. But as the newspapers fill with reports of the hunt for Nazi war criminals, his nightmares become increasingly worse …

‘A haunting, remarkable novel, as startlingly original as any of Pressburger’s films.’ Nicola Upson
‘A dark and harrowing window on the past: the ending will haunt your dreams.’ Janice Hallett

Critic Reviews

Stunning: incredibly good, thought-provoking and tense.

Ian Rankin
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At once a wonderfully compelling noir thriller and, more significantly, an audacious and challenging act of imagination. A tremendous rediscovery.

William Boyd
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This extraordinary novel had me hooked from start to finish, and left me with so much to brood on that I felt giddy ... A fascinating, morally complex, deeply unsettling read.

Sarah Waters
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Remarkable daring ... The morbid tension of a thriller ... Focusing on a guilty man hiding in plain sight lends the novel its strange, wrong-footing power ... Artful and chilling.

Anthony Quinn
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A dark and harrowing window on the past, one that not only cracks open the horror of Nazi atrocities, but also evokes the cloying paranoia of post-war London. The ending will haunt your dreams. This is a novel that should never be forgotten again.

Janice Hallett
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A haunting, remarkable novel, as startlingly original as any of Pressburger's film work. Fearless, deftly manipulative and impossible to forget.

Nicola Upson
EmericPressburger

Imre József Pressburger was born into a Jewish family in Austria-Hungary in 1902. He studied engineering at Prague and Stuttgart universities before moving to Weimar-era Berlin in 1926. There he fell on hard times and lived on the streets for a period before publishing his first short story in 1928. Two years later he started writing scripts for UFA, the…

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