Rachel Seiffert explores the complex impact of history on a nation’s psyche through the individual stories of three 20th-century Germans.

The Dark Room tells the stories of three ordinary Germans: Helmut, a young photographer in Berlin in the 1930s who uses his craft to express his patriotic fervour; Lore, a twelve-year-old girl who in 1945 guides her young siblings across a devastated Germany after her Nazi parents are seized by the Allies; and, 50 years later, Micha, a young teacher obsessed with what his loving grandfather did in the war, struggling to deal with the past of his family and his country.

The Booker Prize 2001
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Rachel Seiffert

Rachel Seiffert

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Rachel Seiffert is daughter of an Australian father and a German mother. Her novel The Dark Room was shortlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize.
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