Comedy in a Minor Key: A Novel

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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There are touching and gripping plot twists. - Goodreads
This book was not a classic "page turner". - Goodreads
COMEDY IN A MINOR KEY is an example of such writing. - Goodreads

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Nutzerbericht  - Jim - Goodreads

When you read the history books it's easy to forget that war is all about the most ordinary of people. There are far more foot soldiers than there are generals and there are far more civilians than ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - Marigold - Goodreads

This is a beautifully told short novel that provides a view of life during World War II that is seldom seen. We all know there were those who bravely sheltered Jews and those who helped them escape ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve

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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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