The stunning North American debut of an internationally acclaimed writer, The Mark of the Angel is a haunting and unforgettable tale of three lives woven together by fate.
The year is 1957, and the place is Paris, where the psychic wounds of World War II have barely begun to heal, and the Algerian War is about to escalate. Saffie, an emotionally damaged young German woman, arrives on the doorstep of Raphael, a privileged musician who finds her reserve irresistible. But when Raphael send Saffie on an errand to the Jewish ghetto, where she meets András, a Hungarian instrument maker, each of their lives will be altered in startling and unexpected ways. A mesmerizing novel of love and betrayal, The Mark of the Angel shows how long-buried memories coupled with the inexorable flow of history can create a tableau of epic tragedy.
Shortlisted for the 1999 Giller Prize
PRAISE FOR mark of the angel:
The Mark of the Angel is the kind of book that can change the way we see the world and our place in it. Read it. Please. It is a glorious thing.
— Andre Brinké, The independent
One of the outstanding books of this or any season.
— Toronto star
A deceptively simple story…a novelist who knows her craft.
The writing style is almost tactile, like a dressmaker caressing a fine piece of silk or satin the better to show it off. Huston has a sensitive yet sure-handed grasp of her craft.
— washington times