Search Results: "Shaun Whiteside"


BOOK REVIEW

RED LOVE by Maxim Leo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"In this winner of the European Book Prize, Leo not only produces a moving family memoir, but also a probing exploration of the human need to believe and belong."
A prize-winning German journalist's account of how he revisited his family's socialist past to find answers about his parents' relationship to him and to each other. Read full book review >

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ALTAI by Wu Ming
by Wu Ming, translated by Shaun Whiteside
Released: April 9, 2013

"If you like your historical fiction with plenty of explosions and Turkish-inflected interjections ('I do not doubt that our Muezzinzade Ali Pahsa...will be able to stand up to the infidels'), this is right up your alley."
More historical fiction alla Bolognese by the Italian committee. Read full book review >

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TO DIE IN SPRING by Ralf Rothmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Searing, haunting, incandescent: Rothmann's new novel is a vital addition to the trove of wartime fiction."
A reluctant German soldier wades through the final days of the second world war. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 2015

"A riveting portrait of what Kurt Weill called the 'total breakdown of all human dignity,' revealed through the bric-a-brac of war-shattered lives."
From the absurd to the sublime, and everywhere heartbreaking: a collage of voices from the tail end of the world's conflagration. Read full book review >

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SORRY by Zoran Drvenkar
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 22, 2011

"Ignore the literary and philosophical pretensions and hang on for the ride."
An intricately plotted but thematically belabored German thriller. Read full book review >

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BLITZED by Norman Ohler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Written with dramatic flair (Ohler has published several novels in Germany), this book adds significantly to our understanding of the Third Reich."
An intense chronicle of "systematic drug abuse" in Nazi Germany. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL’S OUT by Christophe Duffosé
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2007

"Way funnier than most mysteries, and more thrilling than most comic novels."
This audacious, genre-bending debut novel fuses an academic comedy of manners with an existential murder mystery. Read full book review >

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NAPOLEON’S EXILE by Patrick Rambaud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2006

"Lively, true to history and a pleasure for period buffs."
Everybody loves a winner. Lose your throne to the combined armies of Europe, though, and it's a different story. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Will appeal to those interested in the Mafia, but casual readers may get caught up looking for the story and have a hard time absorbing the material."
Journalist Reski personalizes her longtime coverage of the Italian Mafia in this short recent history of the organization. Read full book review >

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PERLMANN'S SILENCE by Pascal Mercier
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"The setup is worthy of a David Lodge or Malcolm Bradbury, but Mercier lacks the humor of either of those English satirists; instead, the novel settles into a kind of slow funk, the literary equivalent of moping, as Perlmann wrestles with what to do next, surprised by his own torpor and reluctance. But for readers of a philosophical bent, appreciative of slowly unfolding, elegant tales, this will be a pleasure."
A slow-moving portrait of grief and dislocation by the author of the fast-moving Night Train to Lisbon (2007). Read full book review >

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MY FATHER’S COUNTRY by Wibke Bruhns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2008

"A disturbing portrait of one segment of German society in a time of national crisis."
Journalist Bruhns explores the life of her father, a German officer executed in 1944 for his complicity in the plot to assassinate Hitler. Read full book review >

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54 by Wu Ming
Kirkus Star
by Wu Ming, translated by Shaun Whiteside
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 2006

"Don Camillo meets The Name of the Rose meets Dr. No: a rewarding beach book for grownups."
Grant, Cary Grant. Super secret agent. Not just in Hitchcock films, but in real life. Read full book review >