Seven Lies

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Random House, Jun 22, 2010 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Stefan Vogel, a young man growing up in the former East Germany, longs for love, glory and freedom - yearnings that express themselves in a lifelong fantasy of going to America. The hopeless son of an ambitious mother and a kind but unlucky diplomat, Stefan lurches between his budding, covert interests - girls and Romantic poetry - to find himself embroiled in dissident politics, which oddly seems to offer both.

In time, by a series of blackly comic and increasingly dangerous manoeuvres, he contrives to make his fantasy come true, finding himself not only in the country of his dreams, but also married to the woman he idolises. America seems everything he expected and meanwhile his secrets are safely locked away behind the Berlin Wall.

A new life of unbounded bliss seems to have been granted to him. And then that life begins to fall apart...

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User Review  - Robin - Goodreads

I enjoyed this one. Second book I've read on my kindle. The primary character is a compromised individual who carries himself along based on an early bit of mischief and deception. It catches up to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

Stefan grows up in East Germany. Is a socialist. He comes to America with Igne. I didn't understand a lot of it. Read full review

About the author (2010)

James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York. He has published two novels as well as several collections of short stories and poetry. His work has been adapted for film by Bernardo Bertolucci in Besieged and for the Sundance award-winning Sunday. He has been long-listed for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for the LA Times, T.S. Eliot and Forward prizes in poetry, and was the winner of the inaugural UK/BBC Short Story Prize. His non-fiction has been published in Harpers, Granta and the London Review of Books.

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