Words & Pictures: Simon Mawer’s “The Glass Room”

The Words & Pictures Book Club

Monday 10th February, 2-4pm

Gleneagles Tea Rooms

Join us for the Words & Pictures book club where we will be reading and discussing novels in which visual art and artists are part of the story.

book6For our February meeting, we travel to former Czechoslovakia and the architectural wonder of the Landauer House, shining with steel and glass and onyx. It’s been built for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But the radiant honesty of early 1930’s modernism quickly tarnishes as the storm clouds of WW2 gather, and eventually the family must flee their home. But the house’s story is far from over, and as it passes from hand to hand, from Czech to Russian, both the best and the worst of the history of Eastern Europe becomes somehow embodied by the beautiful, austere surfaces and planes so carefully designed.

Haunting and mysterious – Jane Shilling, The Telegraph

Words & Pictures meets monthly 2-4pm in the glorious surrounds of the Gleneagles Tea Rooms – where there is tea and cake a-plenty!

Gleneagles Tea Rooms

All welcome but please email me to reserve your place: chasingtales@rocketmail.com

Gleneagles Guesthouse
5-6 Clifftown Parade
Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1DP

About TheCommonViewer

Researching "British Art Groups - from the Ancients to the Surrealists" (notes protected - please contact me for password); plus related reviews & ramblings! Twitter: @TheCommonViewer

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