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The Glass Room

The Glass Room

Author(s): Simon Mawer

Location(s): Czech Republic

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1930s onwards



A wealthy young couple in depression-era Czechoslovakia commissions their modernist dream house and live there until personal betrayal and the Nazis arriving on the doorstep end the idyll. The Landauer House is based on Mies Van Der Rohe’s art-deco masterpiece, the Villa Tugendhat in Brno. Simon Mawer follows the history of the house over the next 50 years, but of course the Landauer family and their friends are the main point of the story.

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‘THE GLASS ROOM is a fiction of many remarkable qualities . . . Mawer’s control of his themes of language, desire, memory and the power of place is extraordinary – as haunting and mysterious...

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