Unspeakable Things by Kathleen Spivack audiobook

Unspeakable Things: A Novel

By Kathleen Spivack
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The setting: New York, the early 1940s, with the spectre of a red-hot Europe at war. At the center of Kathleen Spivack’s Unspeakable Things: Anna (known as the Rat), an exotic Hungarian countess with the face of an angel, beautiful eyes and a seraphic smile, with a passionate intelligence, an exquisite ugliness, and the power to enchant…Her second cousin Herbert, a former minor Austrian civil servant who believes in Esperanto and the international rights of man, a wheeler-dealer in New York, powerful in the social sphere, yet under the thumb of his wife, Adeline…Michael, their missing homosexual son…Felix, a German pediatrician who dabbles in genetic engineering…The Tolstoi String Quartet, four men and their instruments, who for twenty years lived as one, playing the great concert halls of Europe, for whom music is their life; escaping to New York from Bremerhaven, smuggled out on a German submarine, their money sewn into the red silk linings of their instrument cases.… And watching them all, Herbert’s eight-year-old granddaughter, Maria, witnessing the family’s strange comings and goings, being regaled at night when most are asleep with the intoxicating, thrilling stories of their secret pasts…of lives lived in St. Petersburg…of husbands being sent to the front and large, dangerous debts owed to the tsar of imperial Russia, and of a strange pact made in desperation between the Rat and the mystic faith healer Grigori Rasputin, their meeting night after night in Rasputin’s apartments, and the spell-binding, unspeakable things done there in the name of penance and pleasure.…

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The setting: New York, the early 1940s, with the spectre of a red-hot Europe at war.

At the center of Kathleen Spivack’s Unspeakable Things: Anna (known as the Rat), an exotic Hungarian countess with the face of an angel, beautiful eyes and a seraphic smile, with a passionate intelligence, an exquisite ugliness, and the power to enchant…Her second cousin Herbert, a former minor Austrian civil servant who believes in Esperanto and the international rights of man, a wheeler-dealer in New York, powerful in the social sphere, yet under the thumb of his wife, Adeline…Michael, their missing homosexual son…Felix, a German pediatrician who dabbles in genetic engineering…The Tolstoi String Quartet, four men and their instruments, who for twenty years lived as one, playing the great concert halls of Europe, for whom music is their life; escaping to New York from Bremerhaven, smuggled out on a German submarine, their money sewn into the red silk linings of their instrument cases.…

And watching them all, Herbert’s eight-year-old granddaughter, Maria, witnessing the family’s strange comings and goings, being regaled at night when most are asleep with the intoxicating, thrilling stories of their secret pasts…of lives lived in St. Petersburg…of husbands being sent to the front and large, dangerous debts owed to the tsar of imperial Russia, and of a strange pact made in desperation between the Rat and the mystic faith healer Grigori Rasputin, their meeting night after night in Rasputin’s apartments, and the spell-binding, unspeakable things done there in the name of penance and pleasure.…

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Author Bio: Kathleen Spivack

Author Bio: Kathleen Spivack

Kathleen Spivack is the author of With Robert Lowell and His Circle, A History of Yearning, Moments of Past Happiness, The Honeymoon, Swimmer in the Spreading Dawn, The Jane Poems, and Flying Inland. She has been a visiting professor of American Literature/Creative Writing in France since 1990 and her poetry has been featured at festivals in France and in the US. An international writing coach, Kathleen Spivack directs the Advanced Writing Workshop, originally created through the NEA, an intensive program for professional writers.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English