Publisher: Virago Press
Release date: 28 February 2019
Back cover blurb: In the Full Light of the Sun follows the fortunes of three Berliners caught up in a devastating scandal of 1930's Germany. It tells the story of Emmeline, a wayward, young art student; Julius, an anxious, middle-aged art expert; and a mysterious art dealer named Rachmann who are at the heart of Weimar Berlin at its hedonistic, politically turbulent apogee and are whipped up into excitement over the surprising discovery of thirty-two previously unknown paintings by Vincent van Gogh. Based on a true story, unfolding through the subsequent rise of Hitler and the Nazis, this gripping tale is about beauty and justice, and the truth that may be found when our most treasured beliefs are revealed as illusions. Brilliant on authenticity, vanity and self-delusion, it is a novel for our times.
In the full light of the Sun is an obviously excellently researched novel set in 1920/30's Berlin in between Wars, where both the financial and political situations are unpredictable to say the least.
In the full light of the Sun is told from three differing perspectives; Julius Köhler-Schultz, a Berlin based art expert and collector, Emmeline, a wayward young art student who loves to party and Frank, a Jewish lawyer.
All three are about to have their worlds turned upside down by Matthias Rachmann, a mysterious junior art dealer.
In the full light of Sun takes place in Berlin at a precarious time where freedom and innovation appear to be abundant. But as we all know, things should never be taken on face value and yes, Berlin is changing, but it may not be for the better.
Not only are our characters lives turned upside down by Rachmann, but they are also set to be disrupted by the ever changing political and financial climate.
Each characters tale is beautifully written, so I can't go in to too much detail, as you need to read this novel for yourself.
Although a fictional novel, In the full light of the Sun is based on the Otto Wacker case. Our three main characters vividly portray their version of this fascinating tale in a beautiful way, and I look forward to reading more from this author.
In the full light of the Sun is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.
Thank You to the publishers who invited sent me an advanced proof copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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