Books by Peter Constantine

SELF’S MURDER by Bernhard Schlink
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"Schlink (Homecoming, 2008, etc.) constructs a series of Chinese boxes whose increasingly untidy carpentry—the case ends with the appealingly reflective hero far more bewildered than he began—is exactly his point."
A chance encounter in 1993 brings aging investigator Gerhard Self (Self's Deception, 2007, etc.) one last case with enough twists and turns for a whole career. Read full book review >
SELF’S DECEPTION by Bernhard Schlink
Released: June 12, 2007

"Antic, laconic, melancholy and oddly extroverted—a tonic corrective for two generations of German self-scrutiny."
Ex-Nazi prosecutor Gerhard Self (Self's Punishment, 2005), still working as a private eye in a reunified Germany, gets a case that involves somebody else's political guilt, or lack thereof. Read full book review >
THE BIRD IS A RAVEN by Benjamin Lebert
Released: Jan. 25, 2006

"Mirroring the early, bitter work of Brett Easton Ellis and Jay McInerney, this is tough, twilit fare: youth as madhouse."
Jagged, lyrical, this gem from a 23-year-old wunderkind of German fiction (Crazy, 2000) shines darkly. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"Every great writer deserves a tribute like this magnificent gathering. Nathalie Babel has honored her father's memory and given readers a book to be endlessly reread, and treasured."
An enormous—and enormously important—retrospective collection assembles for the first time in any language all the surviving work of the great Russian Jewish writer (1894-1941) who was murdered in a Stalinist prison camp. Read full book review >
ELEGY FOR KOSOVO by Ismail Kadare
Released: May 1, 2000

Albania's Kadare is probably the premier writer of fiction to have emerged from the Balkan countries since Bosnian Nobel-winning novelist Ivo Andric. His latest (1998) locates the sources of Slobodan Milosevc's campaign of "ethnic cleansing" in a 14th-century battle fought on the Blackbird Plains of Kosovo, in which armies of Serbs and those allied with them were defeated by Ottoman Turks, and the seeds of sectarian resentment and hatred were thus firmly planted in the blood-soaked soil. The figures of an idealistic Prince, two naive "minstrels of war," and a "great lady" who reveres and mourns the vanished culture of classical Greece, among others, provide representative involved figures, in a "novel" that's really as much an essay in historiography as it is fiction: an effort to explain how a people to whom unity would seem so natural have become instead so fiercely divided. As such, it's a revealing addition to such acclaimed novels as Chronicle in Stone and The Three-Arched Bridge, and one of Kadare's most eloquent books. Read full book review >