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On-sale: May 4 • Fiction • Hardcover • 9781609456276
5.25 x 8.25 in. • 528 pages • US $26.00/Can $35.00
• Sales: US & Canada • ebook isbn: 9781609456283
An exquisitely readable and devastatingly
beautiful polyphonic novel of domestic drama
and human connection set in Germany during
the second world war and its aftermath.
Moving away from their lovely apartment
in Munich isn’t nearly as wrenching an
experience for Frau Greta Hahn as she had feared.
Their new home is even lovelier than the one they left
behind, and best of all, right on their doorstep, are some
of the finest craftsmen from all over Europe. Frau Hahn
and the other officers’ wives living in this small commu-
nity can order anything they desire, whether new curtains
made from the finest French silks, or furniture designed
to the most exacting specifications. Life here in Buchen-
wald would appear to be idyllic.
Lying just beyond the forest that surrounds them—so
close and yet so remote—is the
looming presence of a so-called work camp. Frau Hahn’s
husband, SS Sturmbannführer Dietrich Hahn, is to take
up a powerful new position as the camp’s administrator.
As the prison population begins to rise, the job becomes
ever more consuming. Corruption is rife at every level,
the supplies are inadequate, and the sewerage system is
under increasing strain.
When Frau Hahn is forced into an unlikely and poignant
alliance with one of Buchenwald’s prisoners, Dr. Lenard
Weber, her naïve ignorance about what is going on so
nearby is challenged.
A tour de force about the evils of obliviousness, Remote
Sympathy compels us to question our continuing and will-
ful ability to look the other way in a world that is once
more in thrall to the idea that everything—even facts,
truth and morals—is relative.