A collection of ""stories and prose,"" written mostly in the 1970s and '80s, by 23 contemporary (East and West) German...

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NIGHT DRIVE: Modern German Short Stories

A collection of ""stories and prose,"" written mostly in the 1970s and '80s, by 23 contemporary (East and West) German writers whose preoccupying themes bespeak an almost claustrophobic introversion. Only a half-dozen or so of their names will be familiar to most American readers, and the stories' virtually uniform concentration on fantasy and psychic disturbance tends to make them blur together. The best of several notable exceptions are Gerhard K"pf's Nabokovian ""Fahrenheit,"" about an imaginative young man who fabricates a life for himself through reading, and Bodo Kirchhoff's ""In the Opera Caf‚,"" a wry and blackly comic exploration of the thin borderline between storytelling and seduction.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1996

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Serpent's Tail

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1996