Secondhand. Very good condition. Minor wear to book corners and edges.
Like the best true-life adventures, the story of Werner Pelz is stranger than fiction.
Forced to flee Nazi Germany for being Jewish, he was interned in England for being German. Shipped to Australia on the notorious HMT Dunera, he spent two years in internment camps in Hay and Tatura.
After returning to Britain, his life evolved into a spiritual quest that led him to become an Anglican vicar, to author popular books (including God Is No More), to frequently appear on the BBC, and to become a Guardian columnist.
Decades after his wartime Australian exile, he returned to teach sociology at La Trobe University, continuing his search for a new way of thinking, a new mythology.
In the mid-1980s, a young university student, Roger Averill, was taught by this quietly charismatic man. The two developed an unlikely friendship, one that was to last until Werner’s death, after which Roger’s research unexpectedly revealed a deeper dimension, a personal life filled with familial drama, pain and poignancy.
Both memoir and biography, Exile: The Lives and Hopes of Werner Pelz, is a compelling account of a remarkable man’s lifelong search for a truth unbound by orthodoxy. It is also a lyrical evocation of an abiding friendship in which a teacher and a student share the lessons of love and loss, discovering that while the questions they ask have no answers, the act of asking them creates a meaning of its own. (back cover)