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Address Unknown/summary

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Address Unknown/summary
Message de desdehace posté le 03-12-2013 à 09:39:55 (S | E | F)
Pourriez-vous s'il vous plait corriger mon résumé ?
Je vous remercie d'avance.

Address Unknown is a novel written by an american writer named, Katherine Kressmann Taylor in 1939. She wrote this epistolary book as the world was facing the growing threath of totalitarism, and as Hitler was overpowering European leaders as well as dominating both Germany and the rest of Europe. This book exposed, early on, the dangers of Nazism to the American public.

Address Unknown tells the story of two German men and friends who decided to leave Germany just after the end of the First World War. They both settled in San Francisco where they became partners in a successful art gallery. One of them, named Martin Schulse, decided to return to Germany in 1932, with his wife and kids. His business partner, Max Einsenstein, a German Jew remained in San Francisco to run the art gallery. Max and Martin both stayed in contact writing letters to each other.
It opens with Max Eisenstein writing to his old friend and business partner Martin Schulse wishing him well as he settled back in Munich. Max seems very happy for his friend and tells him how much he misses him and his home country. The letter is both professional as Max keeps Martin informed about how their business is going and personnal as he asks if Martin's family is fine. Max also gives news of his sister, Griselle, an actress whose fame is intensifying. Griselle used to have an affair with Martin.
Martin replies in equal good cheer. He laughs about the new huge bed he offered to his wife, tells him she's expecting an other child and comments on how wealthy he is in Germany. Martin advices Max to find a wife of his own: it's clear the two men are very close friends. The correspondence continues, and soon Max is asking Martin about the real identity of Adolf Hitler, the man who seems rising toward power in Germany. Martin answers, but seems very unsure about what he is saying. To him, Hitler could be good for Germany, but he doesn't fully trust him, and wonders where he could lead Germany to. To politics, Martin adds news of his family.
From there, the story becomes darker. Indeed, Max enquiries if the stories he heard of torture against Jew are true. He is worried because his sister Griselle wants to travel to Berlin where she has an acting part, even if, times in Germany are tormented. Martin, in his reply letter, starts praising Hitler and no longer wants a Jew to write to him.
Martin works for the nazi government, his wife throws parties to entertain members of the party, and his son has become a member of the Hitler Youth. Martin sees Hitler has the savor of Germany, whom gave Germans pride and who is going to build a resurgent Germany. Therefore, his attitude toward Jews changed.
Finally, Martin asks Max to stop writing to him. If a letter was to be intercepted, Martin would lose his official position and his family and him would be threatened.
Max keeps writing anyway especially when his own sister, Griselle goes missing. Indeed, the last letter he sent to her was returned to him, stamped Address Unknown. Many of Max's letters to Martin remain unanswered. He begs for help, tells Martin to remember their old friendship and the love his sister felt for him. Martin responds on bank stationery and tells very coldly Max his sister is dead. He admits that he turned Griselle away when she came to him and that she was murdered by Nazi storm troopers in his own garden. He keeps repeating that he couldn't do anything but Max is very doubtful and wants to take revenge.
After a gap of about a month, Max starts writing to Martin at home, carrying only what looks like business and remarks about the weather. Later, Max will be making strange references to exact dimensions of paintings : Nazi officials believe those letters have a hidden encoded meaning. Martin's letters get shorter, full of fear and anxiety as he begs Max to stop writing to him. Nevertheless, Max continues, until his letter is returned to him stamped, Address unknown.

Modifié par lucile83 le 03-12-2013 10:45


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