Search Results: "Wolfgang Koeppen"


BOOK REVIEW

DEATH IN ROME by Wolfgang Koeppen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 13, 1994

"Desolate, cold, cryptic."
This Mann-esque German import, previously unpublished in English, takes readers on a lonely midnight walk without a map through crumbling foreign alleyways. 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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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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RAINBOWS by Wolfgang Schoellkopf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2009

"While the greedy, talky sisters fail to engage, Schoellkopf's bios of the doomed Rothko and Kirchner are exquisitely bleak."
Schoellkopf's new book is a tense, chatty, upscale New York set-piece informed by art history, color theory, acquisitiveness, drug abuse and much speculation about things spiritual and metaphysical. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1992

"A true pleasure. (Illustrations—125 b&w—not seen.)"
First published in Germany in 1980, this elegantly trim and readable inquiry is the final volume (after The Railway Journey and Disenchanted Night—neither reviewed) of social-historian Schivelbusch's musings on the origin of modern industrial consciousness. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN JONATHAN SAILS THE SEA by Wolfgang Slawski
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"No one would deny Slawski his point—and the charming illustrations compensate mightily—but the long, twisted path to making that point may lose readers along the way. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A shaggy dog tale with a seafaring slant, focusing on the wistful Captain Jonathan, of the tugboat Santa Maria. Read full book review >

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TYNSET by Wolfgang Hildesheimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2016

"An opaquely powerful work about obsession, delusion, repression, and guilt."
An insomniac's thoughts ravel out across the night. Read full book review >

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GERMAN BOY by Wolfgang W. E. Samuel
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"It is hard to imagine that Samuel, as a boy, struggled to translate 'Hast Du genug fur Heute?' ('Do you have enough food for today?') into English—for now his prose sings (or, at least, whistles and hums some lovely tunes)."
First-time memoirist Samuel tells the story of life after WWII. Read full book review >

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WHY WE TOOK THE CAR by Wolfgang Herrndorf
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"In his first novel translated into English, Herrndorf sits squarely and triumphantly at the intersection of literary tall tale and coming-of-age picaresque. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Social misfits hit the Autobahn. Read full book review >

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THE BIG LITTLE SNEEZE by Katja Reider
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Slawski's (Captain Jonathan Sails the Sea, 1997, etc.) goofy art keeps apace of the jet-propelled story, but also manages to display a willowy linework that lends a tender frailty to the work. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The sweetness of succor threatens to suffocate Max the little bear when his friends come to his aid—even though he's not hurting. Read full book review >