Comedy in a Minor Key: A Novel

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Macmillan, 20.07.2010 - 144 Seiten
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A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation—and, true to its title, a dark comedy of wartime manners—Comedy in a Minor Key tells the story of Wim and Marie, a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico, then must dispose of his body when he dies of pneumonia. This novella, first published in 1947 and now translated into English for the first time, shows Hans Keilson at his best: deeply ironic, penetrating, sympathetic, and brilliantly modern, an heir to Joseph Roth and Franz Kafka. In 2008, when Keilson received Germany’s prestigious Welt Literature Prize, the citation praised his work for exploring “the destructive impulse at work in the twentieth century, down to its deepest psychological and spiritual ramifications.”

Published to celebrate Keilson’s hundredth birthday, Comedy in a Minor Key—and The Death of the Adversary, reissued in paperback—will introduce American readers to a forgotten classic author, a witness to World War II and a sophisticated storyteller whose books remain as fresh as when they first came to light.


  

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Review: Comedy in a Minor Key

Nutzerbericht  - Jonathan Widell - Goodreads

Wim and Marie hide Nico, a Jew, during Nazi occupation in Holland. When Nico dies of pneumonia, Wim and Marie dispose of the body in the nearby part but forget to remove the laundry numbers from the ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Review: Comedy in a Minor Key

Nutzerbericht  - Anna Engel - Goodreads

Spare, trim, and by turns elegant and blunt, hopeful and fatalistic. What struck me most was the uncertainty of an end date to the characters' situation. Hiding someone in your home would be difficult ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

Chapter One
3
Chapter Two
15
Chapter Three
23
Chapter Four
33
Chapter Five
49
Chapter Six
61
Chapter Seven
67
Chapter Eight
77
Chapter Nine
89
Chapter Ten
99
Chapter Eleven
117
Chapter Twelve
133
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Über den Autor (2010)

Hans Keilson is the author of The Death of the Adversary. Born in Germany in 1909, he published his first novel in 1933. During World War II he joined the Dutch resistance. Later, as a psychotherapist, he pioneered the treatment of war trauma in children. In a 2010 New York Times review, Francine Prose called Keilson a “genius” and “one of the world’s very greatest writers.” He died in 2011 at the age of 101.

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