Bruno Krug, celebrated author and secret Stasi informer, is ready to confess...
In the twilight years of Communist East Germany, Bruno Krug, writer, womaniser and People's Champion of Art and Culture, falls for Theresa Aden, a music student from the West. But Theresa has also caught the eye of a cocky young scriptwriter who delights in satirising Krug's latter-day offerings.
Asked to appraise a mysterious manuscript, Bruno finds himself in a quandary when the anonymous author turns out to be none other than his rival. Disconcertingly, the book is good - very good. But there is hope for the older man: the unwelcome masterpiece is also dangerously political. The enamoured Krug decides that if his affair with Theresa is to prove more than a fling, he must employ a small deception. But in the Workers' and Peasants' State, knowing the deceiver from the deceived, the betrayer from the betrayed, isn't just difficult: it can be a matter of life and death.
The Valley of Unknowing is both a moving and entertaining love story and a seductive thriller, one that pits the past against the future, commerce against creativity, and art against life.
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The Valley of Unknowing is simply superb: affecting but never melodramatic, literary but never less than thrilling. - Financial Times
A literary thriller, superbly anchored in place and time. Having lived in East Germany I am astonished by Sington’s pitch-perfect recreation of that society…this is a brilliant, evocative and accurate novel, a gripping hard-nosed authentic thriller. - The Times
A flawless, gripping and penetrating depiction of life in the former East Germany, wrapped up as a literary thriller...his feeling for not just time and place but atmosphere and way of life is perfect in a way no other Western writer, not even John Le Carre, has achieved - The Oldie
Philip Sington was born in Cambridge. His father was an industrial chemist and his mother an officer in British Intelligence. After studying History at Trinity College, Cambridge he worked as a business journalist and magazine editor for nine years. He co-authored six novels under the joint pseudonym Patrick Lynch, selling well over a million copies worldwide. His solo novels include Zoia's Gold and The Einstein Girl. To date his work has been translated into twenty-one foreign languages. He lives in London with his family.