Books by Damion Searls

CITY OF ANGELS by Christa Wolf
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"The final sequence, a journey through a Native American dreamscape, finds the narrator facing the end of her life and making peace with uncertainty. The book's poetry should appeal to an American audience even if the political context sometimes gets lost in translation."
The German novelist Wolf's final book opens with a disclaimer stating that none of the characters or situations in the book are true. But because the book is based on a real turn in Wolf's life—the discovery in 1992 that she once collaborated with East Germany's secret police, the Stasi—the truth isn't quite that straightforward. In fact, very little in this fascinating book is. Read full book review >
LIFE GOES ON by Hans Keilson
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"A Zola-esque naturalism is the strong suit of a novel that is more than just a period piece."
The first English language publication of this German author's 1933 autobiographical first novel; Keilson (1909-2011) charts the slow decline of a shopkeeper in the Weimar Republic. Read full book review >
EVA BRAUN by Heike B. Görtemaker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2011

"As thorough and clear a look of a monster's lover as we are likely to get."
A German historian coaxes from history's shadows the woman who for 14 years was the companion, lover and, near the end, wife of Adolf Hitler. Read full book review >
TREASURES FROM THE ATTIC by Mirjam Pressler
HISTORY
Released: April 19, 2011

Heart-rending documents of Anne Frank's family, both before and after the devastating events of the war. Read full book review >
ALISS AT THE FIRE by Jon Fosse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2010

"A somber but poetic and quietly engaging love story. Fun fact: Fosse has a lifetime stipend from the Norwegian government to produce literary works."
Slim, mournful tale of loss and memory in a coastal Norwegian town, first published in Norway in 2003. Read full book review >
COMEDY IN A MINOR KEY by Hans Keilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Longer on wisdom than either surprise or delight, this will mainly interest readers who have been captivated by Keilson's better work."
The first American publication of this 1947 novella accompanies the reissue of the German author's The Death of the Adversary. Read full book review >
MELANCHOLY by Jon Fosse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2006

"This author's own madness lies in tedium."
Art-school angst in the 1850s inspires modern writer. Read full book review >