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A Minute's Silence

 
 
Author
Siegfried Lenz. Anthea Bell, trans.
Publisher Haus Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 7.25 x 4.6 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781906598440
Pages/Publication Date 125/2009
Daedalus Item Code 40227
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The delicately paced structure of Goethe Prize winner Siegfried Lenz's novella begins with the memorial ceremony for a popular young English teacher, Stella Petersen, and alternates between this scene and 18-year-old Christian's memories of his love affair with her that summer. Hiding their mutual attraction at school, they continued to meet discreetly, until Stella went on a sailing holiday with friends around the Danish islands. As the yacht returned to Hirtshafen, a storm broke, and Christian watched as his beloved was flung overboard.

"A colleague of [Günter] Grass and Heinrich Böll in the Gruppe 47 band of postwar literary pioneers, Lenz has in novels such as The German Lesson and Heritage matched Grass in a fiction of witness and warning that learns from the madness of modern history without being engulfed by it. Its writing interrupted by a grief-stricken period of blockage when Lenz's wife's died after 57 years of marriage, A Minute's Silence is a superbly crafted novella of first love, with a tenderly evocative sense of place, mood and era. As so often, we have Anthea Bell to thank for a flawless translation which captures a prose that shifts in nuance as often as the North Sea winds and currents that run through the story."—Independent (London)

 
 
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