The End – Hans Erich Nossack

Hans Erich Nossack’s rare first person account of the 1943 destruction of Hamburg is served with a side of WG Sebald, who employs the word ‘should’, with grave consequences. BFFs.

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Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson

King Charles, Oliver Cromwell, a vagrant narrator, hedge mazes and dreaded puritans – Jeanette Winterson goes historical fiction on us again in her 1989 novel that is less than the sum of its parts. For a short book, it’s quite long.

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Mother Night – Kurt Vonnegut

Traitor? Spy? Loyal American or self-serving amoralist?  Howard W Campbell Jr tries to write his own get out of jail free card in in Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Mother Night’. Vintage.

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The Tin Drum – Günter Grass

Canonical fodder about a little boy with a man’s mind, who becomes a fully grown man in a little boy’s body, born and raised in the foreshadow and shadow of the Second World War. Blechtrommel is one word for it…

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Leaving the Atocha Station – Ben Lerner

Review of the 2011 debut novel by Ben Lerner in which a young American goes to Spain on the US government’s buck, meets two girls, and learns to fall in love with himself. Excellent book. Photo by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

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