A unique house becomes the central character in Simon Mawer’s colourful fictional history, which spans 60 tumultuous years of the 20th century.

High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House shines as a marvel of steel, glass and onyx. Built specially for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile, it is one of the wonders of modernist architecture. But as the storm clouds of World War Two gather, the family must flee. The building slips through dark and dangerous times, from hand to hand, from regime to regime, until one day the Landauers are finally drawn back to where they belong.

The Man Booker Prize 2009
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Simon Mawer

Simon Mawer

About the Author

Simon Mawer is the author of several novels, including the 2009 Booker Prize-shortlisted The Glass Room, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky and Tightrope.
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