"For busy, harried or distractible readers who have the time and energy only to skim the opening paragraph of a review, I'll say this as quickly and clearly as possible: The Death of the Adversary and Comedy in a Minor Key are masterpieces, and Hans Keilson is a genius..."-Francine Prose, The New York Times Book Review A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation-and, true to its title, a dark comedy of wartime manners-Comedy in a Minor Key tells the story of Wim and Marie, a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico, then must dispose of his body when he dies of pneumonia. This novella, first published in 1947 and now translated into English for the first time, shows Hans Keilson at his best: deeply ironic, penetrating, sympathetic, and brilliantly modern, an heir to Joseph Roth and Franz Kafka. In 2008, when Keilson received Germany's prestigious Welt Literature Prize, the citation praised his work for exploring "the destructive impulse at work in the twentieth century, down to its deepest psychological and spiritual ramifications." Published to celebrate Keilson's hundredth birthday, Comedy in a Minor Key-and The Death of the Adversary, reissued in paperback-will introduce American readers to a forgotten classic author, a witness to World War II and a sophisticated storyteller whose books remain as fresh as when they first came to light.
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"This novella, rescued from WWII, has recently been translated for the English listener. James Clamp narrates with a precise English accent that matches the matter-of-fact tone of this story of people who hide a Jew from the Nazis out of a sense of neighborliness. When the hidden Jew dies, the young Dutch couple that hides him struggles with how to dispose of the body in a way that won't implicate them. Clamp's proper voice adds to the "comedy" found in the absurdity and small-mindedness of the characters. The author's lighter take on a serious subject, along with Clamp's narration, gives new insights into human nature. R.Z.R. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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