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Brandenburg by Henry Porter. 2005 - Orion. For sale is a first edition, first printing. fine used hardback book in a fine dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the novel, Brandenburg by Henry Porter, published in 2005 by Orion.

Edition Details

Title Brandenburg
Author Henry Porter
Publisher Orion
Edition First UK edition, first printing
Copyright Year 2005
ISBN 0752856936
Cover Price 10.00
No. Pages 436
Dimensions 24 cm x 12 cm
Weight (kg) 0.81

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by no mention of later editions on the copyright page.

The book has black boards and silver lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and white, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The fine dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £10.

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.


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Henry Porter

Henry Porter has written for most national broadsheet newspapers. He was editor of the Atticus column on the Sunday Times, moving to set up the Sunday Correspondent magazine in 1988. He contributes commentary and reportage to the Guardian, Observer, Evening Standard and Sunday Telegraph. He is the British editor of the American magazine Vanity Fair and divides his time between New York and London.



Synopsis of this title

The Stasi was among the most sophisticated intelligence organisations in the world, but by the end of the 80s the state of East Germany was collapsing around it. The squads of armed officers, the torture chambers in the Stasi jails, the hundreds of thousands of informers could do nothing to prevent the rebellion that saw the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is in the context of these last few paranoid weeks of the Communist world that BRANDENBURG is set. Dr Rudi Rosenharte - once a double agent, now an art historian living quietly in Dresden - is summoned toTrieste for a rendezvous with former lover and colleague, Annalise Schering. Yet Rosenharte knows she's dead: he'd seen her himself, lying in her own bloodied bathwater. So who is this woman, this ghost? The Stasi believes she's the real Annalise and that she has vital intelligence to impart to Rosenharte, for they have intercepted a letter from her saying exactly that. And to ensure that Rosenharte plays their game, they have imprisoned his family and will only release them when Rudi has got the information they so desperately seek. But the Stasi is not the only intelligence organisation with its claws in Rudi Rosenharte. Soon he is encircled by no fewer than four, including MI6, and he must face a stark choice: to leave those he loves to the mercy of the Stasi; or to return to East Germany to carry out a dangerous assignment under the Stasi's all-seeing eye.

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"The writing [is] cogent, angry, stylish and informed. Porter is an expert literary historian, intrigued by his own times. His take on post-war Germany is sober, truthful, anxious and well remembered... Porter's scene-setting is painful and all prevailing. Perhaps it's wimpish to complain, but it could be that he's done the job a touch too well." (Philip Oakes LITERARY REVIEW, June 2005 )

"A first-rate thriller.... Porter sustains an elaborate plot skilfully and portrays memorable, multi-faceted characters. But his achievement lies in producing a remarkably comprehensive counterpart in fiction to Anna Funder's nonfiction study Stasiland, recreating the paranoid, Kafkaesque state. This gives Brandenburg a richness of texture... and exhilaratingly testifies to the thiller genre's ability to transcend its primary role as entertainment." (John Dugdale THE SUNDAY TIMES )

"Another elegant spy thriller... not merely a tale of intrigue and deception, betrayal and retribution, but also an examination of the people who live through these experiences. Love does not flourish easily in this kind of environment, and it is a tribute to Porter's skills as a writer that the realtionship remains real, and viable. There are some moments of intense and harrowing anxiety, as well as a few marvellous pieces of direct action... also an exquisite, almost hidden, sub-plot." (Matthew Lewin THE GUARDIAN, 9 July )


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