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~FREE PDF ⚖ The Right Hand of Sleep ☩ This extraordinary debut novel from Whiting Writers Award winner John Wray is a poetic portrait of a life redeemed at one of the darkest moments in world historyTwenty years after deserting the army in the first world war, Oskar Voxlauer returns to the village of his youth Haunted by his past, he finds an uneasy peace in the mountains but it isand Oskar cannot escape from the rising tide of Nazi influence in town He attempts to retreat to the woods, only to be drawn back by his own conscience and the chilling realization that the woman whose love might finally save him is bound to the local SS commander Morally complex, brilliantly plotted, and heartbreakingly realized, The Right Hand of Sleepmarks the beginning of an important literary career This is such a lovely book Do yourself a favour The Right Hand of Sleep is set in Austria, 1938, as the presence of the Third Reich begins to take hold The story centers around Oskar Voxlauer, a man who left his small Austrian hometown in 1917 to fight on the Italian front near the end the of World War I Oskar quickly deserts the battlefield and heads to the Ukraine, where he succumbs to the lure of the Bolshevik Revolution and then falls for a woman in a socialist workcamp After 20 years, he heads back to Austria to find that his village The Right Hand of Sleep is set in Austria, 1938, as the presence of the Third Reich begins to take hold The story centers around Oskar Voxlauer, a man who left his small Austrian hometown in 1917 to fight on the Italian front near the end the of World War I Oskar quickly deserts the battlefield and heads to the Ukraine, where he succumbs to the lure of the Bolshevik Revolution and then falls for a woman in a socialist workcamp After 20 years, he heads back to Austria to find that his village has changed Hoping to escape his past and lead a quiet life in the woods, he takes a job as a gamekeeper for a Jewish innkeeper in town Soon, he falls for Else, a woman whose cousin Kurt happens to be a SS officer sent to Austria It is an intriguing plot, and the author s prose and his description of the Austria countryside is wonderful In a way, this feels like something Hemingway could have written Some of the best parts of the book are the flashbacks of Voxlauer s time at the end of the war, and Kurt s early years in the grip of the Reich The problem though is that I didn t always get a clear picture of what motivated Oskar and Kurt to make the choices they made I also I didn t care for the dialog between characters, which always seemed to be cloaked in vague terms and innuendo It s meant to be poetic, but the characters who almost never seemed to speak like real people, and it became tiresome Historically, the period between the two wars is complex, particularly in Austria As I was reading, I kept wishing for the character interaction to bring some clarity to the story This is an ambitious undertaking for a first novel, and clearly John Wray is an immensely talented writer Challenging during some passages, but recommended Univers romanul secolului xxi In John Wray s astonishing first novel The Right Hand of Sleep, it is 1938 and Oskar Voxlauer has returned to Niessen, the Austrian village that in 1917, while still a teenager, he left to join the fighting on the Italian front Much has happened to Oskar in the intervening years since leaving home A deserter who abandoned his unit in Isonzo, he later drifted eastward, finally landing in Soviet controlled Ukraine, naively convinced that Bolshevism represented the future Initially an enthusiast In John Wray s astonishing first novel The Right Hand of Sleep, it is 1938 and Oskar Voxlauer has returned to Niessen, the Austrian village that in 1917, while still a teenager, he left to join the fighting on the Italian front Much has happened to Oskar in the intervening years since leaving home A deserter who abandoned his unit in Isonzo, he later drifted eastward, finally landing in Soviet controlled Ukraine, naively convinced that Bolshevism represented the future Initially an enthusiastic supporter of the Bolsheviks, he has been beaten down and emptied out by years of living in a constant state of semi starvation under their brutal dominion His return to the village where he grew up takes place not out of nostalgia or longing, but largely because he cannot think of anything else to do with himself After briefly residing with his frail elderly mother, he takes a position as gamekeeper on a friend s property in the hills outside of Niessen, severing his ties in town and for a while living like a hermit But though he would like to, Oskar cannot put himself out of reach of external events Hitler s Germany is flexing its muscles throughout Europe and tensions are on the rise The Anschluss occurs in March and even Oskar, isolated as he is, knows that war is on the horizon In the meantime, Oskar becomes involved with Else Bauer, daughter of the previous gamekeeper After the annexation Else s cousin Kurt, a member of the Austrian Nazi party, is installed by the Germans in a prominent position in Niessen Else s ties to Kurt and her love for Oskar who, as the novel progresses, reveals a troubling propensity for self destructive behaviour and remarkable talent for making enemies give rise to a complex tension filled dynamic an ideological tug of war that slowly escalates into a power struggle that the reader gradually realizes will only be resolved with the death of one of the two men Throughout the book, Wray s writing is lush and vivid, alive with sensual detail that brilliantly evokes the period and setting often astoundingly so The narrative itself, which depends to some extent on flashbacks to fill out the story, sometimes bogs down and there are stretches when the reader may be forgiven for wondering if anything is ever going to happen Wray is a patient writer who expects his reader to be patient as well Some readers may resent having to consult the history books in order to acquire a bit of context for the action Others may welcome this as a learning opportunity Regardless, in his accomplished first novel John Wray displays a formidable talent and considerable promise and has written a mature and memorable work of fiction sad I m not sure what to make of The Right Hand of Sleep I think I missed a lot Wray is certainly a fine writer, purportedly one of the best of the new crop, and his characters make interesting reading companions However, I wasn t sure where the book was going much of the time, and now that it s over, I m not sure where it went It s a grim tale in a grim time Our Austrian protagonist, Alex, s sent off to war in 1917, age fifteen, to fight for the Kaiser After undergoing some ugliness and bru I m not sure what to make of The Right Hand of Sleep I think I missed a lot Wray is certainly a fine writer, purportedly one of the best of the new crop, and his characters make interesting reading companions However, I wasn t sure where the book was going much of the time, and now that it s over, I m not sure where it went It s a grim tale in a grim time Our Austrian protagonist, Alex, s sent off to war in 1917, age fifteen, to fight for the Kaiser After undergoing some ugliness and brutality, he quite sensibly deserts and heads east This leads to twenty years in the Ukraine as the husband of a peasant girl on a Soviet cooperative farm All this we learn as backstory in italics and in the first person The story proper is set in his home village to which he returns in 1938 after the death of his Ukrainian partner 1938, of course, is a transition period The European transition to Naziism And, of course, the Nazi s come to the village Alex is a rather glum fellow who seems unclear about what he wants or where he s going He s got anger issues and poor impulse control so that he sometimes act against his own self interest This sometimes happens in defense of some ideal, as when he slams a beer mug into a Nazi face when a Jewish friend is insulted However, he mostly wants to be left alone and to isolate In a later time, he might be called clinically depressed He secures a position as the nominal gamekeeper of a forest land owned by by a Jewish tavern hotel owner, which enables him to hide out Wandering his lands, he meets an outcast woman They make a fetching pair when together Witty, engaging But, of course, they can t keep themselves out of the social fray entirely The coming horror touches them in the person of a father lover cousin SS officer Whose back story reaches us in first person italics just as Alex s deserter Ukranian past did And there are ironic parallels I suppose that The Right Hand of Sleep is a play on the phrase The right hand of God, but I don t quite see the parallel between God and sleep in the book Alex would rather sleep than fight, though he s not particularly narcoleptic, and he can t help himself from occasionally getting involved, as I described above However, that doesn t seem sufficient for the whole title So, as I said, I must have missed something Otherwise, this is just another Nazi horror story, with which the market is saturated I ve somehow stumbled on three in the last month or so And I think it sthan that WhatYou tell me In his debut novel, The Right Hand of Sleep, John Wray offers a historical fiction spin on the phrase you can t ever go home again Oskar Voxlauer left his village in Austria as a teenage to fight in the Great War Twenty years later, in 1938, he returns to his village to find a rising tide of Nazi influence, which he tries to escape by living in the woods However, the woman he becomes involved with is the cousin of the local SS commander There are long italicized flashbacks about both men s In his debut novel, The Right Hand of Sleep, John Wray offers a historical fiction spin on the phrase you can t ever go home again Oskar Voxlauer left his village in Austria as a teenage to fight in the Great War Twenty years later, in 1938, he returns to his village to find a rising tide of Nazi influence, which he tries to escape by living in the woods However, the woman he becomes involved with is the cousin of the local SS commander There are long italicized flashbacks about both men s pasts interspersed with the goings on in this small town Admittedly, I was very distracted when reading this book while on the road, but I found the plot very hard to follow The writing is ethereal, much is left unsaid, and I didn t understand the characters motivations or why certain events were happening However, the prose was very descriptive, and I can see how literary critics could lavish praise on this book I enjoyed Wray s third novel, Lowboy, much better I felt like the author was so busy writing pretty descriptions and poetic prose that he forgot to tell me a clear story. This novel tells the story of a man named Oskar Voxlauer, who returns to his Austrian village in 1938 after a long period away Eventually, it becomes clear that he served in World War I and deserted in Hungary He then trekked to the Ukraine where he lived on a collective His return home is fraught with challenges, not least of which is coming to grips with the rising tide of Nazism and what it means for his Jewish childhood friend and his new relationship Wray s writing is beautiful, and, ha This novel tells the story of a man named Oskar Voxlauer, who returns to his Austrian village in 1938 after a long period away Eventually, it becomes clear that he served in World War I and deserted in Hungary He then trekked to the Ukraine where he lived on a collective His return home is fraught with challenges, not least of which is coming to grips with the rising tide of Nazism and what it means for his Jewish childhood friend and his new relationship Wray s writing is beautiful, and, having studied a bit of Austrian history, I was interested in the description of political events occurring at that time in Vienna and the ripple effects in Voxlauer s sleepy village