Tag Archives: World War 2

Book Review: The Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the Attic Otsuka, Julie 2011, Vintage Bought off the “local interest” shelf at City Lights during a brief stop in San Francisco, and read against the context of having visited Manzanar and the OK hotel in Seattle, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Leben in Preußen

Leben in Preußen Noa, Wolfgang 1983, Aufbau Verlag, Berlin This was one of four East German books selected by S. for me in a second-hand bookshop in Berlin and sent hand by hand via a chain of personal acquaintances from … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lines We Leave Behind

The Lines We Leave Behind Graham, Eliza Lake Union Publishing, 2018   I was hesitant to choose this book from the October 2018 Amazon pre-release selection as something about the description just didn’t quite align with what I somehow thought … Continue reading

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Book Review: Der Korporal

Der Korporal Dobozy, Imre Verlag der Nation, Berlin, 1971 An interesting war comedy in East German translation from the Hungarian original.  The setting is the autumn of 1944 as the Soviet troops are about to take Budapest. A corporal in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jahrgang 1934

Jahrgang 1934 Kirsch, Hans-Christian Verlag Herder, Freiburg, 1964 This book chronicles the development of possibly the most damaged generation in modern history, the Germans born in 1934.  The 14 stories, based loosely around the life of “Ken,” are individually very … Continue reading

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Book Review: Winter Men

Winter Men Kold, Jesper, translated by Semmel, K.E. Amazon Crossing, 2016 Karl and Gerhard are two brothers in Hamburg trying to make use of their positions as sons of a wealthy factory owner to emerge from the shadows of World … Continue reading

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