The Mark of the Angel: A Novel (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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Set in Paris in the late 1950s, several emotionally damaged people come together, with devastating results. Already a bestseller in France, this beautiful, heartbreaking, and haunting novel is one you will not soon forget, if ever. — Barbara Morrow


A “compelling and highly original” debut novel (Arthur Golden, national bestselling author of Memoirs of a Geisha) of three lives woven together by longing, fate, betrayal, and the weight of history. • "At once [a] love story, war tale and psychological thriller.... An engaging, intelligent novel." —Cleveland Plain Dealer

This novel marks the stuning American debut of an internationally acclaimed writer.  Combining the narrative drive of Birdsong with the emotional resonance of The Reader, The Mark of the Angel is a haunting and unforgettable tale.

The year is 1957, and the place is Paris, where the psychic wounds of World War II have barely begun to heal and the Algerian war is about to escalate.  Saffie, an emotionally damaged young German woman, arrives on the doorstep of Raphael, a privileged musician who finds her reserve irresistible.  He hires her, and over the next few days seduces her and convinces her to marry him.  But when Raphael sends Saffie on an errand to the Jewish ghetto, where she meets András, a Hungarian instrument maker, each of their lives will be altered in startling and unexpected ways.  As Saffie learns to feel again, her long buried memories coupled with the inexorable flow of historical forces beyond anyone's control, create a tableau of epic tragedy.  The Mark of the Angel is a mesmerizing novel of love, betrayal, and the ironies of history.

About the Author

NANCY HUSTON lives in Paris.

Praise For…

"You may never read a novel crafted with more wonder and mystery than Nancy Huston's The Mark of the Angel. At once compelling and highly original, it probes not merely the characters' hearts and lives but the very nature of storytelling." —Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha

"Huston's language is beautiful, with startling juxtapositions of imagery.... Huston has made a chilling and beautiful work of art." —The Boston Phoenix

"Describing Nancy Huston's wonderfully provocative and enigmatic new novel as a tale of adultery in the dreary and uncertain Paris of 1957-1963 is to suggest that The Scarlet Letter is about infidelity and Moby Dick about whaling.... This is a superbly readable story spun with perfect ease and balance." —The Providence Journal

"The writing style is almost tactile, like a dressmaker caressing a fine peice of silk or satin the better to show it off. Huston has a sensitive yet sure-handed grasp of her craft." —The Washington Times

"A brilliant, powerfully written novel." —Rocky Mountain News

"At once [a] love story, war tale and psychological thriller.... An engaging, intelligent novel." —Cleveland Plain Dealer

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375709210
ISBN-10: 0375709215
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: August 8th, 2000
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Vintage International