The Vision of Emma Blau

The Vision of Emma Blau

by Ursula Hegi
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The Vision of Emma Blau by Ursula Hegi

The Vision of Emma Blau is the luminous epic of a bicultural family filled with passion and aspirations, tragedy and redemption. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Stefan Blau, whom readers will remember from Stones from the River, flees Burgdorf, a small town in Germany, and comes to America in search of the vision he has dreamed of every night. The novel closes nearly a century later with Stefan's granddaughter, Emma, and the legacy of his dream: the Wasserburg, a once-grand apartment house filled with the hidden truths of its inhabitants both past and present. Ursula Hegi creates a fascinating picture of immigrants in America: their dreams and disappointments, the challenges of assimilation, the frailty of language and its transcendence, the love that bonds generations and the cultural wedges that drive them apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439144121
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 278,646
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Ursula Hegi is the author of The Worst Thing I've Done, Sacred Time, Hotel of the Saints, The Vision of Emma Blau, Tearing the Silence, Salt Dancers, Stones from the River, Floating in My Mother's Palm, Unearned Pleasures and Other Stories, Intrusions, and Trudi & Pia. She teaches writing at Stonybrook's Southhampton Campus and she is the recipient of more than thirty grants and awards.


Upstate New York

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B.A., M.A., University of New Hampshire

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Vision of Emma Blau 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hegi's novel was visionless in my opinion. The characters were developed as a continuum of Stones From the River, and in this novel, showed a lack of depth, a lack of movement and lack of interest. The book was slow-paced, the characters filled with greed and manipulation (which gave them some depth), and the repetition caused me to put the book down for several days, go back to reading it, and then the cycle started over again. I could not stay with the story straight through. I am disappointed in Hegli, and am not sure I would purchase another one of her books after reading this one. I read for stress release, and for the pure enjoyment of reading, and for me, there was no enjoyment in this novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a disappointment after enjoying thoroughly 'Stomes from the River.' The Blau family's story was told in a tedious fashion that left me wishing for some action, some relief from the slow narrative. I was bored with the first section and the plotline, which was quite depressing, and as a result it took me about two or three months and several other books before I decided to try again and go back to continue with this one. If you want to sample Hegi, try 'Stones' rather than this dreary second act.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredibly well written novel. Not sure why the low rating. It does deal with prejudice against German Americans because of the two world wars. It is a subject that should not be overlooked, however. The ending was a little unsatisfying but the story was very well told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read each book Hegi has written about the inhabitants of Burgdorf and found this book to follow her others in style and depth. Although this is not her best effort (not as good as "Stones From the River") readers will still find characters they like and dislike, tragedy in missed opportunities/communication, and the hope and power that comes with accepting change and creating a life for yourself. I especially appreciated Hegi's exploration of the immigrant's experience. There is a lot to learn from this book about that!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Having really enjoyed Stones from the River, I was deeply disappointed in Hegi's lastest. Vision is shallow, full of underdeveloped characters, and uneven. I found the beginning of the book interesting, but the author attempts to cover too much ground making it a chore to finish the last 100 pages.