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LA CASA SUL LAGO
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LA CASA SUL LAGO

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ORIGINAL TITLE: The House By The Lake - A Story Of Germany
ITALIAN TITLE: La Casa Sul Lago - La Storia Di Una Casa. La Storia Dell'Europa
AUTHOR: Thomas Harding
TRANSLATOR: Silvia Piraccini
PUBLISHER: Ponte Alle Grazie Editore
YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2016
GENRE: Foreign Contemporary Narrative With Historical Reference
RECOMMENDED AGE: Adults
NUMBER OF PAGES: 413
FORMAT: Paperback 14cm x 20.5cm
LANGUAGE: Italian

ITALIAN DESCRIPTION:
Nella primavera del 1993, Thomas Harding andò a Berlino insieme alla nonna per visitare una piccola casa in riva al lago. Era un «luogo del cuore», diceva la nonna, un santuario che lei era stata costretta ad abbandonare quando i nazisti erano andati al potere. Vent’anni dopo Thomas ritornò a Berlino: trovò la casa vuota, desolata, pronta per essere demolita. Una vera e propria ferita scavava il prato, impronta lasciata dal Muro di Berlino che per tre decenni aveva attraversato il giardino. Disseminate ovunque, vi erano le tracce degli abitanti che avevano affettuosamente abitato quelle stanze. Thomas Harding ha deciso di raccontare della piccola casa di legno – amata e curata, luogo di vacanza e meditazione, svaghi e gite in barca – che è anche la storia di due guerre mondiali, di una ricca e rispettata famiglia ebrea, di un famoso compositore nazista, di una vedova e dei suoi figli, di una spia della Stasi e di tanti altri frammenti dimenticati che compongono il grande affresco del XX secolo. Un libro intimista e di ampio respiro, una magnifica testimonianza che, attraverso la trama degli affetti e della memoria, rende la Storia più viva che mai.


ENGLISH DESCRIPTION:
In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding travelled to Germany with his grandmother to visit a small house by a lake on the outskirts of Berlin. It had been her ‘soul place’ as a child, she said – a holiday home for her and her family, but much more – a sanctuary, a refuge. In the 1930s, she had been forced to leave the house, fleeing to England as the Nazis swept to power. The trip, she said, was a chance to see it one last time, to remember it as it was. But the house had changed. Nearly twenty years later Thomas returned to the house. It was government property now, derelict, and soon to be demolished. It was his legacy, one that had been loved, abandoned, fought over – a house his grandmother had desired until her death. Could it be saved? And should it be saved? He began to make tentative enquiries – speaking to neighbours and villagers, visiting archives, unearthing secrets that had lain hidden for decades. Slowly he began to piece together the lives of the five families who had lived there – a wealthy landowner, a prosperous Jewish family, a renowned composer, a widower and her children, a Stasi informant. All had made the house their home, and all – bar one – had been forced out. The house had been the site of domestic bliss and of contentment, but also of terrible grief and tragedy. It had weathered storms, fires and abandonment, witnessed violence, betrayals and murders, had withstood the trauma of a world war, and the dividing of a nation. As the story of the house began to take shape, Thomas realised that there was a chance to save it – but in doing so, he would have to resolve his own family’s feelings towards their former homeland – and a hatred handed down through the generations. "The House By The Lake" is a groundbreaking and revelatory new history of Germany over a tumultuous century, told through the story of a small wooden house.

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