Search Results: "Michael Hofmann"


BOOK REVIEW

JOSEPH ROTH by Joseph Roth
Released: Jan. 16, 2012

"A quintessential depiction of one man's view from the brink of the abyss."
The doomed world of interwar Europe comes to burning life in the anguished correspondence of the peripatetic Austrian novelist/journalist. Read full book review >

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AGNES by Peter Stamm
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Less a fully fleshed novel than an extended meditation on the interrelationship between life and fiction."
A writer suspects the story he's writing can alter the story of his life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Haunting and powerful evocation of a world Hitler despised."
One of the greatest newspaper correspondents during the golden age of German journalism brilliantly illuminates the inexorable, deepening chaos that prefaced WWII. Read full book review >

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A SAD AFFAIR by Wolfgang Koeppen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"Koeppen (The Hothouse, 2001, etc.), who's unlike any other writer, produced only five novels in a 60-year career span. But they're all gems, and A Sad Affair is one of the brightest."
An engagingly callow swain pursues the "actress" of his dreams in this previously untranslated 1934 fiction, the first by the great, underrated German author (1902-96). Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"For those who have an affinity for metaphysical fiction written with a surgeon's precision, this collection will spur readers to seek out everything else by its author."
Beneath the surface placidity of Swiss life, undercurrents of spiritual turmoil and existential despair charge this powerful collection of provocative stories. Read full book review >

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REBELLION by Joseph Roth
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Rebellion's no masterpiece but, rather, a bitterly compact (if simplistic) adumbration of Roth's later, infinitely more challenging and rewarding fiction."
Rebellion ($21.95; Nov.; 160 pp.; 0-312-20574-0). Read full book review >

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UNFORMED LANDSCAPE by Peter Stamm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Stylistically two-dimensional, with frozen surfaces that resist the reader."
An oddly vacant, cold-blooded tale of a wayward young wife in isolated coastal Norway. Read full book review >

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IN STRANGE GARDENS by Peter Stamm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2006

"While Stamm doesn't discount the possibility of happiness and comradeship, there is invariably an ounce of joy for every pound of gloom."
Most of the individuals in these austerely written stories by Swiss novelist Stamm (Unformed Landscape, 2005, etc.) lead humdrum but desperate lives. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2005

"<\b>Candid, personal, laced with thoroughly haunting imagery."
Memoirs from the Eastern Front by an ordinary Wehrmacht soldier with an extraordinary grasp the horrors of war. Read full book review >

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WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? by Michael Hofmann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"As these passionate essays attest, Hofmann cares deeply: about writing, art and the creative possibilities of criticism."
A noted critic celebrates the arts. Read full book review >

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CHILD OF ALL NATIONS by Irmgard Keun
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Poignant, especially for contemporary readers who know that far greater horrors were still to come."
An utterly compelling look at pre-World War II Germany, first published in 1938 and available in English for the first time. Read full book review >