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About the Author: Nancy Huston

(from Wikipedia)
Huston lived in Calgary until age fifteen, at which time her family moved to Wilton, New Hampshire, USA. She studied at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she was given the opportunity to spend a year of her studies in Paris. Arriving in Paris in 1973, Huston obtained a Master's Degree from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, writing a thesis on swear words under the supervision of Roland Barthes.

(Actes Sud)
Née à Calgary (Canada), Nancy Huston, qui vit à Paris, a publié de nombreux romans et essais chez Actes Sud et chez Leméac, parmi lesquels Instruments des ténèbres (1996, prix Goncourt des lycéens et prix du livre Inter), L'empreinte de l'ange (1998, grand prix des lectrices de ElleJ et Lignes de faille (2006, prix Femina).


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Paperback, Published in Aug 2000 by Vintage

ISBN10: 0375709215 | ISBN13: 9780375709210

Page count: 240

This novel marks the stuning American debut of an internationally acclaimed writer.  Combining the narrative drive of Birdsong with the emotional resonance of The Reader, The Mark of the Angel is a haunting and unforgettable tale of three lives woven together by longing, fate, and the weight of history.

The year is 1957, and the place is Paris, where the psychic wounds of World War II have barely begun to heal and the Algerian war is about to escalate.  Saffie, an emotionally damaged young German woman, arrives on the doorstep of Raphael, a privileged musician who finds her reserve irresistible.  He hires her, and over the next few days seduces her and convinces her to marry him.  But when Raphael sends Saffie on an errand to the Jewish ghetto, where she meets Andr&aacutes, a Hungarian instrument maker, each of their lives will be altered in startling and unexpected ways.  As Saffie learns to feel again, her long buried memories coupled with the inexorable flow of historical forces beyond anyone's control, create a tableau of epic tragedy.  The Mark of the Angel is a mesmerizing novel of love, betrayal, and the ironies of history.

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