MARCEL BEYER was born and raised in Cologne. The author of several novels and collections of poems, he has received numerous awards and was named one of the best young novelists in the world by the New Yorker. He lives in Dresden.
If there's anything I love more than reading great books about natural history, it's reading good novels.
After the War, Kaltenburg writes a book that is highly criticized on the positive uses of fear in animals and human beings.
The historical backdrop is well drawn and yet it does not overshadow the human story that the author tells here.
This is a quiet subtle book about Kaltenburg, a renowned biologist, told mostly by one of his proteges, Hermann Funk, an ornithologist. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Kate Stout
This novel is filled with lovely set pieces about the narrator's childhood and youthful experiences with his mentor, the famous zoologist Ludwig Kaltenberg. Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by G. Dawson
Kaltenburg is a novel that deserves to be read, studied and carefully considered. It is narrated by a fictional assistant to a scientist who is modeled after the famed biologist... Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by Mark
If you are interested in science and history, as well as literature, you will likely enjoy this book. The prose character development and plot are all skillfully crafted. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Louie's Mom
I have to say, fifteen pages in and I was hooked. I had to keep asking myself, is this real? Or fiction? Because it feels entirely real. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by Amy Henry
One of the most graphic, grisly, and disturbing scenes I've encountered in recent novels is Marcel Beyer's depiction of the horror of the World War II incendiary bombing of... Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by not a natural
Beyer has the craft of writing down. There's no question about that. Study writing enough and you'll pick up a lot of the rules of what makes the difference between a good writer... Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by Patrick Oden
If there's anything I love more than reading great books about natural history, it's reading good novels. And when a good novel incorporates natural history, well... Read morePublished on May 20, 2012 by Mary Esterhammer-Fic
This book made me think of Moby Dick at first. There's a lot of ornithology, especially at the beginning, with alternating plot elements and science discursions. Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Rich L