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A heartrending new book—the story of a marriage and the story of two lives—from the author of the international bestselling novel A Suitable Boy
Shanti Behari Seth was born on the eighth day of the eighth month in the eighth year of the twentieth century; he died two years before its close. He was brought up in India in the apparently vigorous but dying Raj and was sent by his family in the 1930s to Berlin—though he could not speak a word of German—to study medicine and dentistry. It was here, before he migrated to Britain, that Shanti’s path first crossed that of his future wife.
Helga Gerda Caro, known to everyone as “Henny” was also born in 1908, in Berlin, to a Jewish family—cultured, patriotic, and intensely German. When the family decided to take Shanti as a lodger, Henny’s first reaction was, “Don’t take the…[more]
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