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The German Lesson by [Siegfried Lenz]

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Editorial Reviews

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"Mordantly witty, despairing, impassioned, this is one of the most deeply imagined and thought-provoking novels from Germany in years."
Library Journal

"If ever the Third Reich was pictured in microcosm, with its prejudices against people not rooted in the land, and its tiny spasms of nationalistic fervor that added up to an irrational howl in final sum, then Lenz has done it―has surpassed it."
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

"The German Lesson marks a double triumph: a book of rare depth and brilliance, to begin with, presented in an English version that succeeds against improbable odds in conveying the full power of the original."
Ernst Pawel, New York Times Book Review

"“Remarkable, earnest, and important.” ―The Nation"
The Nation

"The book I have been waiting ever since the end of World War II for a German author to write."
Kay Boyle --This text refers to the paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

Siggi Jepsen, incarcerated as a juvenile delinquent, in one day assigned to write a routine German lesson on the 'The Joys of Duty.'Overfamiliar with these 'joys, ' Siggi sets down his life since 1943, a decade earlier, when as a boy he watched his father, constable of the northernmost police station in Germany, doggedly carry out orders from Berlin to stop a well-known Expressionist, their neighbor, from paintings to keep them safe from his father. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN : B06Y2HQTY8
  • Publisher : New Directions; Reissue edition (March 30, 2021)
  • Publication date : March 30, 2021
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1251 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 474 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 27 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine translation of a fine story told in retrospect by ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading
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