The Escape

A Novel by Adam Thirlwell

  • Published: Sep 23, 2020

Haffner is charming, morally suspect, vain, obsessed by the libertine emperors. He is British and Jewish and a widower. But Haffner's attachments to his nation, his race, his marriage, have always been matters of conjecture.They have always been... read more

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Details of The Escape

Exact title of the book
The Escape
Book author
Adam Thirlwell
ISBN
9781429932356
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Mar 30, 2010
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
336
File size (in PDF)
3024 kB

Some brief overview of book

Haffner is charming, morally suspect, vain, obsessed by the libertine emperors. He is British and Jewish and a widower. But Haffner's attachments to his nation, his race, his marriage, have always been matters of conjecture.

They have always been subjects of debate. There are many stories of Haffnerbut this, the most secret, is the greatest of them all. The Escape opens in a spa town snug in the unfashionable eastern Alps, where Haffner has come to claim his wife's inheritance a villa expropriated in darker times.

After weeks of ignoring his task in order to conduct two affairsone with a capricious young yoga instructor, the other with a hungrily passionate married womanhe discovers gradually that he wants this villa, very much. Squabbling with bureaucrats and their shadows means a fight, and Haffner wants anything he has to fight for. How can you ever escape your past, your family, your history?

That is the problem of Haffner's story in The Escape. That has always been the problem of Haffnerand his lifetime of metamorphoses and disappearances. How might Haffner ever become unattached?

Through the improvised digressions of his comic couplings and uncouplings emerge the stories of Haffner's century the chaos of World War II , the heyday of jazz, the postwar diaspora, the uncertain triumph of capitalism, and the inescapability of memory. The Escape is a swift, sad farce of sexual mayhem by a brilliant young novelist The New York Times has called "a prodigy and, as such, unstoppable."

About author

Thirlwell was born in London in 1978. Politics, his first novel, was published in 2003 and has been translated into thirty languages. In the same year, Granta listed him among its best young British novelists.

His much-praised book The Delighted States won the Somerset Maugham Award in 2008. He lives in London.

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