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Private Worlds

Sarah Gainham

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

In the final book in Sarah Gainham's classic Vienna trilogy, which began with the New York Times bestseller Night Falls on the City, Julia and Georg try to rebuild lives shattered by WWII and Cold War intrigues.

Private Worlds completes Sarah Gainham's masterly trilogy of twentieth-century Austria. Having survived the Second World War and Vienna's lethal post-war political intrigues, Julia Homburg, Vienna's most brilliant actress, and her trusted friend Georg Kerenyi can now return to their private worlds, restore their shattered lives and reaffirm the values that enabled them to transcend the hate, injustice and crimes of those war-torn years. They are determined to seek out the consolation of work, the sweetness of love, the joy of friendship -- but memories of the destruction and suffering they witnessed are not always easily buried . . .

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Praise for Private Worlds

  • There are no heroics; instead Sarah Gainham offers a scrupulously detailed story of individuals forced through barbarism into chaos - Helen Dunmore

  • Gainham is a master storyteller - Jewish Chronicle - David Herman

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Sarah Gainham

Sarah Gainham was born in London in 1915. She moved to Germany in her early thirties, shortly after the Second World War, and then to Austria, where she remained for over fifty years, working as a novelist and journalist. It is in central Europe that Gainham's early thrillers such as Cold Dark Night, The Stone Roses and Silent Hostage are played out. In 1967 she published Night Falls on the City, her masterpiece novel set in wartime Vienna; it received international acclaim and spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. A Place in the Country and Private Worlds are her sequels to Night Falls on the City. Gainham died in Austria in 1999.

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