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Cassandra by Christa Wolfe

Cassandra has always struck me as the most tragic figure in the story of the Trojan War. Gifted with prophecy, she could see the future, she knew what would happen, but no one would believe her. 734 more words

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The Judge and the Hangman by Friedrich Durrenmatt

It is my personal belief that a truly great detective novel always opens with the discovery of a body. Friedrich Durrenmatt’s novella The Judge and the Hangman… 742 more words


In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge translated from the German by Anthea Bell

Eugen Ruge’s novel In Times of Fading Light is a generational saga of a failed state, the story of one how one family lived through the lifespan of the German Democratic Republich (GDR) or East Germany as it’s known in the west. 840 more words

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Baader-Meinhoff: The Inside Story of the R.A.F. by Stefan Aust

Baader-Meinhoff: The Inside Story of the R.A.F., Stefan Aust’s book about the Red Army Faction a terrorist group active in West Germany during the 1970’s, offers an interesting counterpoint to John Berger’s  From A to X.   817 more words

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How to Torture a True Reader: Chess Story by Stefan Zweig

How does this sound for torture?

The Gestapo locks you in a decent hotel room. It’s comfortable. A pretty good bed, a desk, a chair.  Three meals a day, neither too cold nor too hot.   662 more words

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Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink, translated from the German by Michael Henry Heim, is about one man’s attempt to connect with his past. Because the narrator is German as is the author, it is tempting to look at the novel in larger terms, to make it the story of a people trying to connect with their shared history. 778 more words

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Brenner and God by Wolf Haas, translated from the German by Annie Janusch

The most unusual thing about Wolf Haas’s detective thriller Brenner and God, a novel not shy about tackling unusual things, is the narrator.

What to make of the narrator?   519 more words

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