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Red Love by Leo Maxim
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Oct 28, 2014 | ISBN 9781782270423

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“Absolutely enthralling . . . Mr. Leo vividly evokes the second-rate nightmare of repression, intolerance and low-level menace dramatized in the film The Lives of Others.” The New York Times Book Review

 ”In this winner of the European Book Prize, Leo not only produces a moving family memoir, but also a probing exploration of the human need to believe and belong.” Kirkus Reviews

“Leo’s experience as a journalist shines throughout the memoir; he is at times distant and objective but also compassionate and inquisitive about his own history. His family’s story, spanning from both sides of his parents to his grandparents and their families, is extraordinarily compelling. . . Translator Shaun Whiteside marvelously captures Leo’s distinct voice; the writing is clear and poetic. . . Leo’s memoir humanizes this history and offers readers a glimpse into a different past.” The New York Daily News

“Maxim Leo has produced a lucid, dispassionate, and altogether extraordinary account of three generations of his German family as Big History kicked them around and they, for the most part, made sterling attempts to kick back.” – The Los Angeles Review of Books

“Family memoirs don’t come wittier than this little marvel.” — Irish Times

“Beautiful and supremely touching… Leo’s memoir was the winner of the European Book Prize, and deservedly so… It is a moving saga of people who love one another but are doomed never to get along, and it is also an unbearably poignant description of a world that no longer exists.” – Keith Lowe, Sunday Telegraph Book of the Week, 5-star review
 “[Red Love] gives us extraordinary, intimate access to East Germany when the state was not just in the family apartment but locked within the minds and aspirations of all its citizens.” Sunday Telegraph, Books of the Year
 “A family narrative that is simultaneously gripping and meditative, an engaging and thought-provoking portrait of a disappeared world.” – Natasha Tripney, Observer
 “Compelling … [Leo] is terrific at elucidating the slow, incremental steps by which people come to lie to themselves… guile, guilt and disappointment drip from these pages and Red Love is all the more affecting for it.” – Marina Benjamin, New Statesman
 “Written without political rancour or historical revisionism… With truthful tenderness and wry humour, Maxim Leo looks back not in anger but in an effort to understand the past.” – Iain Finlayson, The Times
“In a wry, laconic style, [Leo] uses childhood memories to demonstrate how absurd ‘grown-up’ behaviour can be – and how easily absurdity can morph into tragedy.” – Maggie Fergusson, The Economist, “Intelligent Life
 “Honest and sober… a convincing depiction of what everyday life was like and the legacy it has left… illuminating.” Metro
“Leo uses the intimate scope of his family to explore the turbulent political history of East Germany from a perspective that has not been seen before. The result is an absorbing and personal account that gives outsiders an insight into life in the GDR.” Shortlist

“Leo draws upon family interviews, diaries, letters, poems and even declassified Stasi files. He rigorously reflects mirror images — World War and Cold War, fascism and communism, east and west, conformity and rebellion — to obtain that objective picture. . . [T]he book’s brilliance stems from Leo’s prioritizing of personal drama over national tragedy. Gerhard’s war years are thrilling, Anne’s agony of living for the right cause but in the wrong country is poignant, and Wolf’s tiny acts of subversion — dyeing his hair, dancing to contraband Elvis tapes — bring smiles.”  Minneapolis Star Tribune


European Union Prize for Literature AWARD

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