At a glance:
- Author: D. M. Thomas
- First Published: 1983
- Type of Work: Novel
- Time of Work: 1981, 1837, and 1825
- Setting: Gorky, Moscow, Petersburg; shipboard in the Atlantic; New York; and Yerevan, Soviet Armenia
- Characters: Sergei Rozanov, Olga, Victor Surkov, Marian Fairfax, Aram Khandjian, Anna Polanski, Finn, Nayirie, Donna Zarifian, C. P. Charsky, Katerina Orlov, Neapolitan Improvisatore
- Genres: Long fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Authors or writers, Nineteenth century, Poetry or poets, Storytelling, Russia or Russian people, Armenia or Armenians, Genocide
- Locales: Europe, United States, New York, Asia, Soviet Union, Russia, Moscow, Russia, North America, Armenia
D. M. Thomas’ third novel The White Hotel (1981), which brings Freudian fantasy to the theme of Nazi extermination of the Jews, became a publishing legend. When first released in the author’s native Great Britain, the novel did not receive much more notice than that which had been accorded Thomas’ two previous novels, Birthstone (1980) and The Flute-Player (1982). The American edition, however, was soon enormously successful, outselling everything, including novels that were far more accessible and conventional. Thomas, an obscure Cornish don...
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