Publication Date: 02/06/2022 ISBN: 9781784707705 Category:

The Suitcase

Frances Stonor Saunders

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication Date: 02/06/2022 ISBN: 9781784707705 Category:
Paperback / Softback




‘This is family history at its best… the words fizz off the page and flutter in the mind’ Sunday Times

If you open that suitcase you’ll never close it again.

Ten years ago, Frances Stonor Saunders was handed an old suitcase filled with her father’s papers. Her father’s life had been a study in borders – exiled from Romania during the war, to Turkey then Egypt and eventually Britain, and ultimately to the borderless territory of Alzheimer’s. The unopened suitcase seems to represent everything that had made her father unknowable to her in life.

So begins a captivating exploration of history, memory and geography, as Frances Stoner Saunders decides to unpick her family’s past.

Publisher Review

Frances Stonor Saunders vividly captures the horror and absurdity of life in the theatre of conflict, and human versatility... The Suitcase is...a study in the meaningful artifice of human experience. -- Katherine Backler * Tablet * Excellent... The Suitcase intrigues and fascinates and causes the reader to reflect on the uneven fates of those families that survived the Holocaust and those that did not. -- Timothy W. Ryback * Literary Review * A beautifully written, beautifully composed investigation into her [Saunders's] father's origins, and also the idea of a border. It still haunts me. -- Adam Thirwell * Times Literary Supplement, *Books of the Year* *

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