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Heidegger’s Glasses

Heidegger’s Glasses

A Novel
October 2011
Trade Paperback · 368 Pages
$15.95 U.S. · £10.99 U.K. · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781582437699


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Heidegger’s Glasses opens during the end of World War II in a failing Germany coming apart at the seams. The Third Reich’s strong reliance on the occult and its obsession with the astral plane has led to the formation of an underground compound of scribes—translators responsible for answering letters written to those eventually killed in the concentration camps.

Into this covert compound comes a letter written by eminent philosopher Martin Heidegger to his optometrist, who is now lost in the dying thralls of Auschwitz. How will the scribes answer this letter? The presence of Heidegger’s words—one simple letter in a place filled with letters—sparks a series of events that will ultimately threaten the safety and well-being of the entire compound.

Part love story, part thriller, part meditation on how the dead are remembered and history presented, with threads of Heidegger’s philosophy woven throughout, the novel evocatively illustrates the Holocaust through an almost dreamlike state. Thaisa Frank deftly reconstructs the landscape of Nazi Germany from an entirely original vantage point.

About the Author

Thaisa Frank is the author of two short story collections, Sleeping in Velvet and A Brief History of Camouflage, and has won two PEN awards. Her work has been widely translated, and she recently wrote an afterword for Voltaire’s Candide, Zadig and Selected Stories.