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Mischling – the novel to read in 2017

13th December 2016

Mischling by Affinity Konar is a special novel. Braiding the lyricism and historical sweep of All the Light We Cannot See with the psychological intensity of Room, it’s a spell-binding story of survival and resilience in Mengele’s zoo in Auschwitz.

Garlanded with feverish quotes from Pulitzer Prize winners to Man Booker nominees, Mischling is an astonishing novel of those small moments of hope and beauty that light the dark.

It’s 1944 when the twin sisters Pearl and Stasha arrive at Auschwitz. Taking refuge in their identical natures, they comfort themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele’s Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changes, stripped of the personalities they once shared. When the camp is liberated by the Red Army, the twins are separated. As the young survivors discover what has become of the world, they must try to imagine a future within it.

We’re proud to be publishing in February 2017. Mischling is available for pre-order here.

‘A beautiful novel about the most odious of crimes…If your soul can survive the journey, you’ll be rewarded by one of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year’ Anthony Doerr, bestselling author of All the Light We Cannot See

‘Affinity Konar is an astonishing and fearless writer, whose great gift to us is this book’ Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!

‘A piercing novel written with chin-up virtuosity. The prose is dazzling, and the story of these twins is moving and searing, and as powerful as the masters of old’ Chigozie Obioma, author of The Fisherman

‘A tale of courage, courageously told – spare and beautiful, riveting and heartrending’ David Wroblewski, author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

‘Konar has woven a masterful and poignant account of a pair of twin sisters who cannot be separated, even by the cruelest hand of fate. Her prose is mystical and delicately poetic, and she uses her manifold gifts to tell a deeply engaging story of fortitude and triumph’ Lucette Lagnado, author of Children of the Flames and The Man in the Sharkskin Suit

‘Brace yourself for a novel unlike any you’ve ever read’ Cristina Henriquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans