By Stefan Heym
Written among 1963 and 1966, whilst its ebook might have proved to be political dynamite-and its author's undoing-this novel of political intrigue and private betrayal takes readers into the German Democratic Republic within the past due Fifties, presently after Khruschev's "secret speech" denouncing Stalin and his tools led to a "thaw" within the Soviet bloc and, with it, the discharge of many sufferers of Stalinist brutality. between those is Daniel, a Communist exile from Hitler who has been accused of treachery whereas in Moscow and who now returns to Germany after years of imprisonment. an excellent architect, he's taken on through his former colleague, Arnold Sundstrom, who used to be in exile in Moscow in addition yet someway fared greater. he's now actually the manager architect for the realm Peace street being equipped by way of the GDR. In Daniel, Arnold's younger spouse Julia reveals the foremost that may unencumber the darkish mystery of her husband's luck and of her personal mom and dad' deaths in Moscow-and will undermine the very origin on which she has equipped her existence. a unique of beautiful suspense, romance, and drama, The Architects can also be a window on a harrowing interval of heritage that its writer skilled firsthand-and that readers could do good to recollect today.