Search Results: "Shaun Whiteside"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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LET ME GO by Helga Schneider
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"Survivor's tales come in as many shapes as mothers. This one, from the dark side, is as affecting as a kick in the stomach."
Mothers come in all shapes and persuasions: this one enthusiastically joined the Waffen SS, abandoned her children, and embraced her tasks at Auschwitz, as gloomily recounted in her daughter's memoir. 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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THE LAST DRAGON by Silvana De Mari
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Readers are left assured that kindness and hope will prevail, however tenuously, over anger and fear. (Fantasy. 10+)"
In the first section of this wise, warmhearted fairytale, the elf Yorsh is only a sweetly naïve child; but as the last of his kind, he accepts his destined burden to return summer to a world of endless rain and famine. Read full book review >

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ALL THAT COUNTS by Georg Oswald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"As an amorality tale of the modern middle-class materialist lifestyle, there's nothing new here. As entertaining satire, Brett Easton Ellis did it with more style and imagination a decade ago."
A slight tale of skewed values and yuppie angst in a stiff translation from the German. Read full book review >

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MANITUANA by Wu Ming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2009

"A worthy treatment of a history too little known, though nowhere near as delightful or as quirky as Q and '54."
Odd, spirited, tale of educated Indians, savage Europeans and bad mojo in the American outback at the time of the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >

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THE SCENT OF YOUR BREATH by Melissa P.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"An experimental work that relentlessly tests states of reality versus fantasy."
A second self-assured sexual coming-of-age tale by the young Sicilian author of 100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed (2004). Read full book review >