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The tale of the extinction of the Great Auk sums up our relationship with the world and ourselves: our assumption that it’s inexhaustible; our greed; our occasional awareness and despite all, the possibility of redemption
During a summer in the 1960s, in a Catskills resort full of Jewish Russian-American communists, a sixteen-year-old boy named Manny is hanging by a thread: he has to bus tables all day with his mother for next to nothing, his friend Irwin might have to go to Vietnam, and he is unsure where his life is exactly heading. As the weeks go by, and as family drama and personal conflicts mount, we watch as Manny learns just how complex and difficult the world can be.
A careless waltz leads to violence when a German man unwittingly arrives at a party for a young group of Holocaust survivor’s children in New York and starts dancing with one of the girls. A story about the weight carried by the post-World War II generation.
In an ancient African kingdom, a horrible prophecy hits three respectable dinners in the middle of a luxurious feast. A startling cautionary tale of a society convinced it has reached the pinnacle of sophistication. Science fiction writing at its best.
An evening in a lorry drivers’ bar in the middle of post-war Germany. Arno Schmidt – cult author of the twentieth century and linguistic archaeologist – delivers a report that is brusque, surly and wonderfully funny!