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Two lives / Vikram Seth.

By: Seth, Vikram, 1952-Material type: TextTextPublication details: New York : HarperCollins, c2005. Edition: 1st edDescription: 503 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cmISBN: 9780143420255Subject(s): Seth, Vikram, 1952- -- Homes and haunts -- England -- London | Seth, Vikram, 1952- -- Childhood and youth | Seth, Vikram, 1952- -- Family | Authors, Indic -- Homes and haunts -- England -- London | Authors, English -- 20th century -- Biography | Interracial marriage -- England -- London | East Indians -- England -- London | London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century | London (England) -- BiographyDDC classification: 828.91409 Online resources: Contributor biographical information Summary: Shanti Behari Seth, brought up in India, was sent by his family in the 1930s to Berlin--though he could not speak a word of German--to study medicine and dentistry. Helga Gerda Caro, known to everyone as "Henny" was also born in 1908, in Berlin, to a Jewish family--cultured, patriotic, and intensely German. When the family decided to take Shanti as a lodger, Henny's first reaction was, "Don't take the black man!" But a friendship flowered, and when Henny fled Germany just one month before war broke out, she was met at Victoria Station by the only person in the country she knew: Shanti. Vikram Seth has woven together their story, which recounts the arrival into this childless couple's lives of their great-nephew from India--the teenage Vikram. The result is a tapestry of India, the Third Reich and the Second World War, Auschwitz and the Holocaust, Israel and Palestine, postwar Germany and 1970s Britain.--From publisher description.
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Shanti Behari Seth, brought up in India, was sent by his family in the 1930s to Berlin--though he could not speak a word of German--to study medicine and dentistry. Helga Gerda Caro, known to everyone as "Henny" was also born in 1908, in Berlin, to a Jewish family--cultured, patriotic, and intensely German. When the family decided to take Shanti as a lodger, Henny's first reaction was, "Don't take the black man!" But a friendship flowered, and when Henny fled Germany just one month before war broke out, she was met at Victoria Station by the only person in the country she knew: Shanti. Vikram Seth has woven together their story, which recounts the arrival into this childless couple's lives of their great-nephew from India--the teenage Vikram. The result is a tapestry of India, the Third Reich and the Second World War, Auschwitz and the Holocaust, Israel and Palestine, postwar Germany and 1970s Britain.--From publisher description.

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