Search Results: "Wolfgang Slawski"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FRIENDSHIP TRIP by Wolfgang Slawski
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"In the scratchy lines of the illustrations, the gawky postures of the participants, arresting perspectives of train stations and cities, and festiveness of the gathering crowds is a story that is utterly fetching. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Arthur hangs out at the local train station, observing the throngs, waiting for someone to come visit him. 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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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 >

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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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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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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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WAKE UP, GRIZZLY! by Wolfgang Bittner
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Mom has a nice role, too. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this beguiling work, a human father and son enjoy a flight of fancy, imagining themselves as bears. 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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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Expertly translated by Vogel, with intensively researched introductions and annotations by the editors, this is a vital and captivating contribution to immigrant lore."
A monumental feat of popular archivism as the editors (Kamphoefner: History/Texas A&M; Helbich & Sommer: History/Ruhr UniversitÑt Bochum) select from over 5000 letters in the Bochum collection about 350 that are most representative of the German immigrant experience in America, ca. 1830-1930. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1993

"A memorable and learned book by an author who can explain as well as discover. (Thirty-six halftones, four line drawings—not seen)"
In a series of engaging essays, Mieder (German and Russian/University of Vermont; Tradition and Innovation in Folk Literature, 1987) concludes that technological society needs—and generates—proverbs as much as did primitive agrarian societies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A detailed, rigorous sociological analysis of the incomprehensible."
Sociology from hell: a thorough study of the harrowing dynamics of terror, violence, and absolute power in the Nazi concentration camps. Read full book review >

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 >