Search Results: "Michael Hofmann"


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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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ON A DAY LIKE THIS by Peter Stamm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"Andreas's condition does not seem authentic in this mannered treatment."
The Swiss author (stories: In Strange Gardens, 2006, etc.) examines a barren life in his latest novel. Read full book review >

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LICHTENBERG AND THE LITTLE FLOWER GIRL by Gert Hofmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2004

"Brimful with love, nature, energy, and intellect: history proved on the pulse and expressed through the heart. A treasure."
Hoffman died in 1993, and his last novel (following The Film Explainer, published here in 1996), translated again by his own son, is a quietly powerful masterpiece of human charm that manages to capture the very essence of the Enlightenment in Germany. Read full book review >

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THE HOTHOUSE by Wolfgang Koeppen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"A rediscovered masterpiece. Norton is reissuing Koeppen's Death in Rome to accompany it. Let's hope a new edition of Pigeons on the Grass will follow soon thereafter."
The first English translation of an important German novel, first published in 1953, whose pointillist complexity offers a searing image of postwar Germany on the perilous threshold of partition and possible rearmament. Read full book review >

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ALL DAYS ARE NIGHT by Peter Stamm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"The novel somehow ends on a note of redemption but without resolution."
A slim novel filled with big ideas about art and identity. 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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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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FROST by Thomas Bernhard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 19, 2006

"Great stuff, but it won't make you feel good."
The late, brilliant Austrian writer's first (1963) novel, previously untranslated, is a characteristic excoriation of all things great and small and the tragicomedy of existence. 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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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 >