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'Comedy in a Minor Key' by Hans Keilson, translated by Damion Searls - November 2009 (first published in German in 1949)

"Wim and Marie, an ordinary Dutch couple, have been hiding Nico, a Jewish man, for many months during the Occupation, and seemingly without suspicion - but when Nico becomes ill and dies, they must find a way to dispose of the corpse. Their attempts take on almost farcical proportions, yet with a backdrop of one of the worst periods of world history, any notion of comedy must surely give way to a black ineluctable tragedy."

I don't know exactly why, but I MUST READ THIS.

James Morrison, Tuesday, 19 May 2009 05:33 (twelve years ago) link

Douglas Coupland - Generation A (Sept/Nov 09)

Also Christopher Brookmyre's new one (about the same time)...

AndyTheScot, Tuesday, 19 May 2009 15:04 (twelve years ago) link

i'm looking forward to coupland's new one too - although, his stuff is so hit or miss.

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Tuesday, 19 May 2009 15:05 (twelve years ago) link

I'd tend to agree with you, though I'll read anything of his.

Hoping this next one's a hit!

AndyTheScot, Tuesday, 19 May 2009 15:16 (twelve years ago) link

me too! j-pod and the gum thief were so arrgghh, though.

i'm trying to collect a full run of signed firsts by him.

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Tuesday, 19 May 2009 15:29 (twelve years ago) link

J-Morr that first one sounds like it has at least a fifty per cent chance of being absolutely awful

i liked j-pod. it reminded me of this record: http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/I/41TD7MM5ZYL._SL500_AA240_.jpg

thomp, Tuesday, 19 May 2009 16:12 (twelve years ago) link

OMG Blood's a Rover, the final enstallment in James Ellroy's 'American Tabloid' trilogy! Coming out in Sept, yay.

franny glass, Tuesday, 19 May 2009 17:09 (twelve years ago) link

wasn't "Blood's a Rover" the title of the Ellison sequel to "A Boy and His Dog" or was that the original novella title or something

worm? lol (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 19 May 2009 17:21 (twelve years ago) link

I enjoyed JPod and Gum Thief (GT slightly less so, if I'm honest), but fingers crossed!

I'm really keen to see some of his non-fiction stuff, particularly anything related to his being a 'visual artist'...

AndyTheScot, Tuesday, 19 May 2009 20:28 (twelve years ago) link

pretty into this idea of "how to steal" i have but maybe thats already out? also pretty pysched that the follow up 2 "the red wolf conspiracy" is coming out soon

Lamp, Tuesday, 19 May 2009 20:33 (twelve years ago) link

that first one sounds like it has at least a fifty per cent chance of being absolutely awful

Oh, definitely, but it could also be really good. As I say, it appeals despite its potential for rubbishness.

James Morrison, Tuesday, 19 May 2009 22:44 (twelve years ago) link

eleven years pass...

A translation of this, but I don't know if anyone will make one.

alimosina, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 20:39 (six months ago) link


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