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Review of ‘Trümmerkind’ by Mechtild Borrmann

Review of ‘Trümmerkind’ by Mechtild Borrmann

Post-war Hamburg. A city in ruins. A little boy finds something unexpected among the rubble, and a crime story set against the backdrop of a ruined Germany unfolds… I’m happy to say that I recently (finally!) joined the Goethe-Institut library in London, so now I can borrow all the wonderful German books they have there. I marked the occasion by taking out a couple of books by Mechtild Borrmann, a German crime writer whose work I discovered back in 2015…

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Carry the Music in Your Heart

Carry the Music in Your Heart

Stasha’s footsteps echoed as she walked along the road towards what once had been her home. Everything else faded into the background, the world almost silent except for the lonely beating of the borrowed shoes that pinched her toes with every step. But the pain in her feet was barely noticeable. She could think of nothing but the family who should be by her side, the mother, father, sisters who would never walk this road again. The houses lining the…

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Review of ‘Mischling’ by Affinity Konar

Review of ‘Mischling’ by Affinity Konar

‘While she talked, I hummed in my mind so I didn’t have to hear what she said. I hummed “Blue Danube” till its blueness began to cloak my thoughts, but even this blueness wasn’t enough to drown out the whole story.’ Let me start by saying that Mischling is without doubt one of the best books I read in 2018. I picked it up in Oxfam a while ago, drawn in by the blurb on the back cover (I wrote…

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