Hopeful Monsters: A Novel

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Secker & Warburg, 1990 - Historical fiction - 550 pages
-- A sweeping, comprehensive epic, Hopeful Monsters tells the story of the love affair between Max, an English student of physics and biology, and Eleanor, a German Jewess and political radical. Together and apart, Max and Eleanor participate in the great political and intellectual movements which shape the twentieth century, taking them from Cambridge and Berlin to the Spanish Civil War, Russia, the Sahara, and finally to Los Alamos to witness the first nuclear test.
-- Hopeful Monsters received Britain's prestigious Whitbread Award in 1990.
-- Praising Mosley's ability to distill complex modes of thought, the New York Times called Hopeful Monsters a "virtual encyclopedia of twentieth century thought, in fictional form".
-- First U.S. edition by Dalkey Archive ('90), most recent paperback by Vintage ('93).

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About the author (1990)

Nicholas Mosley was born on June 25, 1923. During World War II, he joined the Rifle Brigade and won the Military Cross. He read philosophy for one year at Oxford University. His first novel, Spaces in the Dark, was published in 1951. His other novels included Accident, Impossible Object, and Hopeful Monsters, which won the Whitbread book of the year in 1990. He wrote biographies of poet Julian Grenfell, Russian leader Leon Trotsky, and Father Raymond Raynes. He was best known for his two-part biography on his father Sir Oswald Mosley, the founder of the British Union of Fascists, entitled The Rules of the Game and Beyond the Pale. He died on February 28, 2017 at the age of 93.

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