A hefty novel of ideas, but one written from the heart and the gut. Mosley has an extraordinary way of making the tumult of 20th century history feel quite personal, real, and immediate. The book feeds the intellect with its depiction of intelligent people thinking an unorthodox path through frightening times, but it's also emotionally intense, shot through with charged, mysterious scenes that often genuinely shook me up. —Recommended by Matt, City Lights Books
A sweeping, comprehensive epic, Hopeful Monsters tells the story of the love affair between Max, an English student of physics and biology, and Eleanor, a German Jewess and political radical. Together and apart, Max and Eleanor participate in the great political and intellectual movements which shape the twentieth century, taking them from Cambridge and Berlin to the Spanish Civil War, Russia, the Sahara, and finally to Los Alamos to witness the first nuclear test.
Hopeful Monsters received Britain's prestigious Whitbread Award in 1990.