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The Empire of the Senses Paperback – 9 February 2016

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"Stunning. . . . Elegantly crafted and psychologically astute." --San Francisco Chronicle

"A gripping, beautifully written saga. . . . A fresh and moving perspective on a piece of history we thought we already knew." --Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train

"Poignant. . . . Richly appointed. . . . Life at any time and place, [Landau's] title and her prose seem to say, is full of sensual beauty, if you choose to live it that way." --Tablet

"A sweeping family epic. . . . Internal dramas mirror the turbulent cultural landscape of 1920s Germany." --Los Angeles Magazine

"Lush, smart, sexy, affecting, interesting, beautifully researched, and well made. Spending time in the world of this novel is an absolute pleasure." --Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

"Landau evokes the Weimar Republic era with spellbinding detail and nuance, deftly capturing the zeitgeist in the characters' colorful pursuits. . . . Lev's struggle with his Jewish identity is also fascinating." --Publishers Weekly

"A top-notch literary saga with a gripping plotline. . . . Each perfectly crafted individual is fully involved in the surrounding world. In Landau's hands, even a simple trip to the barber becomes meaningful and illustrative of the novel's themes. The characters' actions and thoughts are so three-dimensionally human that readers may forget they're reading fiction." --Booklist

"[Landau] follows one family through two wars, four romances and one death with . . . thought and craft. . . . Highly readable." --Kirkus

"An impressive debut. . . . Where Landau truly excels is with her scope, her ability to guide [her characters] through the years, highlighting national tragedy while homing in on individual plights. The result is an expansive novel but also one skillfully in tune with the intricacies of the human spirit. . . . Gripping." --The National (UAE)

About the Author

Alexis Landau is a graduate of Vassar College. She received her MFA from Emerson College and her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. This is her first novel. Alexis lives with her husband and her two children in Santa Monica, California.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vintage; Reprint edition (9 February 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 080417346X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0804173469
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.21 x 2.79 x 20.32 cm
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2.0 out of 5 stars Although the book is about "senses" (rather, about sex) ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational story
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5.0 out of 5 stars exploration of love, fate and war
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-drawn characters
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