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Caging Skies

Caging Skies
  

A gripping, atmospheric novel about obsession and love. 'Little by little, Elsa leaked out of her enclosure, strayed out into every corner of the house . . . In my bed at night, she switched places with me, she enjoying the softness of my bed, and I finding myself cramped up i... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781869792299
Published 1 September 2010 by Penguin
Available in EPUB format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en
Author(s) By Leunens, Christine
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ISBN-13 9781869792299
ISBN-10 1869792297
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Random House New Zealand
Publication Date 1 September 2010
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format EPUB ebook – Main
Edition Main
Author(s) By Leunens, Christine
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Romantic Fiction
Historical Fiction
War Fiction
Genocide
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.3;823.3
Catalogue Code 323423

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A gripping, atmospheric novel about obsession and love.

'Little by little, Elsa leaked out of her enclosure, strayed out into every corner of the house . . . In my bed at night, she switched places with me, she enjoying the softness of my bed, and I finding myself cramped up in her airless niche.'

This extraordinary novel is seen through the eyes of Johannes. An avid member of the Hitler Youth in the 1940s, he discovers his parents are hiding a Jewish girl called Elsa behind a false wall in their large house in Vienna. His initial horror turns to interest, then love and obsession.

After the disappearance of his parents, Johannes finds he is the only one aware of Elsa's existence in the house, the only one responsible for her survival. Both manipulating and manipulated, Johannes dreads the end of the war: with it will come the prospect of losing Elsa and their relationship, which ranges through passion and obsession, dependence and indifference, love and hate. This gripping, masterful work examines truth and lies at both political and personal levels, laying bare the darkest corners of the human soul.

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Author's Bio

Christine Leunens is the author of three novels, which have been translated into more than fifteen languages. Born in Hartford, Connecticut to an Italian mother and a Belgian father, she has dual New Zealand/Belgian citizenship. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, and a PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington. She now lives in Nelson and is completing an historical Franco-New Zealand novel set around the time of the Rainbow Warrior bombing.

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