Tuesday, February 05, 2008

New Today: Pavel & I by Dan Vyleta

Though this is the first we’ve heard of newcomer Dan Vyleta, he attacks Pavel & I (Bloomsbury) with such a gritty majesty, it’s impossible to think this will be his last.

Vyletta’s biography alone sets the tone: he holds a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge, lives in Edmonton, Alberta and is the son of Czech refugees who emigrated to Germany in the 1960s. He understands, he knows, he sees, he wants peace. None of that is what Pavel & I is about, but it sets the stage.

Vyleta’s gorgeous debut takes place in occupied Berlin in 1946. Pavel Richter is a decommissioned soldier who is ill -- perhaps dieing -- from a kidney infection that he’s been unable to treat. The infection, as well as the unexpected arrival of a corpse in his apartment, set in motion a series of events and introductions that push our story towards disaster.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this review. Had I not seen it, I might have missed out on this book and it's a wonderful book, even more wonderful than indicated.

Clara in Don Mills

Monday, March 3, 2008 2:37:00 PM PST  

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