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Heaven & Earth/Rothwell, Nico/Paper/187598948X/S017-F
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Warsaw, 1989. The world is about to change.
Caspar took in the even face of the woman placed opposite him, and realised he was in the presence of a creature both harmful and highly adapted to the realm of diplomacy.
"I wanted Isabel to meet you," said the Presidential Envoy, "to see you in the flesh, to develop a relationship with you, so when you write again you'll know what you're saying. These are delicate times, for Europe, for America, and for me. I want you to help me, not to hinder."
So Caspar Kilian, foreign correspondent, is drawn into the international politics of the collapse of communism. And into love.
Heaven and Earth opens with the death of Caspar's father and an interview with the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. It is the story of how a young man is almost overwhelmed by incredible events and the machinations of the enormous media group for which he works. Set in Eastern Europe, this is a novel about history, integrity, truth and power.
Nocolas Rothwell covered the fall of communism for The Australian newspaper. This is his first novel.
"A highly original first novel, Rothwell has the ability to make sophisticated and complex characters utterly convincing." - Christopher Koch.