The Secret Purposes

Author(s): David Baddiel


A haunting tale of love and survival that profoundly questions the way truth emerges from the tangle of history.

It is 1935: Isidor Fabian, a liberal rabbi, walks the seven bridges of his city, reflecting on Jewish history, the nature of sin and a mathematical enigma. Five years later, Isidor's communist son, Isaac, has fled Konigsberg for Cambridge with his wife, Lulu, and their infant daughter. But the progress of the war intensifies the resentment and suspicion directed at refugees, and Isaac is interned on the Isle of Man. There he meets June Murray, a Ministry of Information translator determined to compile evidence of Nazi atrocities. Isaac's encounter with June has a lasting effect.

Baddiel's insights into the way in which men and women sustain and damage each other are profound and amusing by turns.


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