All That I Am: A Novel by Anna Funder

By Anna Funder

Award-winning writer Anna Funder supplies an affecting and wonderfully evocative debut novel a couple of team of younger German exiles who probability their lives to evoke the realm to the terrifying hazard of Hitler and Nazi Germany. in accordance with real-life occasions and people, All That I Am brings to gentle the heroic, tragic, and real tale of a small team of left-wing German social activists who fixed a fierce and crafty resistance from their perilous London exile, in a unique that lovers of Suite Francaise, The Piano Teacher, and Atonement will locate impossible to resist and unforgettable.

“An intimate exploration of human connection and our accountability to 1 another.” —Colum McCann, writer of Let the nice international Spin

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I found myself pushed to the helm of the revolution. Did I say helm? I led it as much as a piece of flotsam leads a wave. I was twenty-five years old. ’ But the people knew that I, like Eisner before me, was prepared to throw away my life for them. In those strange days, that seemed enough of a qualification. In Munich I convened the Revolutionary Council in the former bedroom of the Queen, workmen’s boots clanking across the parquetry. It was a people’s revolution: every utopian and mad crank bustled in to see me with his or her personal solution for the liberation of the human race, having identified the root of all evil as cooked food, unhygienic underwear, birth control, or the use in water closets of newspaper instead of natural moss.

He would fix you with those dark eyes, for slightly too long. His only mode, with everyone, was intimacy. Women loved him for it. He bypassed all the agonising repartee, the uncertain negotiations of flirtation, and spoke as if he knew them, had already been inside them. Who wouldn’t give themselves, wholly and fully, to a man who might at any minute sacrifice himself to save the world? He was still smiling, holding my hand. ’ I laughed. ’ It seemed unlikely to me. Dora was over at my lighttable, looking at some negatives.

When Dora finally came in I could see her through the gap between the doors, rosy from cold. I didn’t go in to them, but moved back to the divan in the shadows of the room. Like all children, I knew that adult conversation was better if I wasn’t there. Dora held leaflets in her left hand that flipped and fanned. ’ She shook his hand. ’ Hugo held her by the shoulders a moment. ’ He turned to Erwin. ‘Dora has been at the Krupps factory. ’ Dora had joined the Young Socialists at fourteen, and now the brand-new anti-war party, the Independent Social Democrats.

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