Heidegger’s Glasses opens during the end of World War II in a failing Germany coming apart at its seams. The Third Reich’s obsession with record-keeping and its strong reliance on the occult has led to the formation of an underground compound of scribes--translators responsible for answering letters written to those eventually killed in the concentration camps. The original letters are part of a plan called Operation Mail, in which prisoners were forced to write reassuring letters to relatives, often right before the were led to the gas chambers.
Into this covert compound comes a letter written by eminent philosopher Martin Heidegger to his optometrist, a man now lost in the dying thralls of Auschwitz. How will the scribes answer this letter? The presence of Heidegger’s words--one simple letter in a place filled with letters--sparks a series of events that will ultimately threaten the safety and well-being of the entire compound.
Part love story, part thriller, part meditation on how the dead are remembered and history is presented, with threads of Heidegger’s philosophy woven throughout, the novel evocatively illustrates the Holocaust through an almost dreamlike state. Thaisa Frank deftly reconstructs the landscape of Nazi Germany from an entirely original vantage point.
Sold for translation to Italy, Holland, Norway, Spain, France, Poland, Portugal, Brazil, Taiwan and Mainland China.