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By Walter Kempowski, Anthea Bell (Translated by), Jenny Erpenbeck (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781681372051
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: NYRB Classics - February 13th, 2018

In January, 1945, East Prussia, refugees are afoot, trying to beat the advances of the Russian soldiers. Thousands of families pushing carts crammed with cherished belongings pass on the road in front of the insulated Georgenhof mansion of the Van Globig family. Eberhard, the father, is serving in the war in Italy, while his wife, Katharina, and 12 year-old son, Peter, live comfortably with their servants and unlimited supplies, seemingly oblivious to the approaching threat. Kempowski builds tension in the household so gradually that once their idyllic lives turn south, even the reader is surprised! 

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