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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Clerkenwell Press (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184668529X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846685293
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 639,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These five linked stories all unfold in the shadow of death. Yet, with their pin-sharp precision and lyrical tenderness, they make you feel thrillingly alive. Exquisitely written, gracefully translated, Judith Hermann's everyday elegies might have proved depressing - in clumsier hands. They are just the opposite. All the more precious for their transience, these glimpses of love, beauty and happiness brim with the small joys of life --Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

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A work of exceptional power and beauty from one of Europe's finest writers

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By Gloria on 27 May 2014
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At different stages during her life Alice is faced with bereavement and grief. This is her story describing these difficult times. Originally published in German it received very good reviews.
To fully appreciate a book of this kind it has to be read 'at the right' time.
I thought the time was right for me to read this however I feel that something may have been 'lost in translation' and was not as I expected.
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A marvellous writer. Should be known better in this country. Maybe not quite as good as her earlier work but still a voice that needs to be listened to.
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By dolma on 6 May 2015
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Storie on 27 Dec. 2011
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Five quiet, linked stories about coming to terms with death and dying, beautifully translated from the German by Margot Dembo. Alice, the protagonist, is depicted as a melancholy but resigned attendant of death -- a largely peripheral figure hovering alongside the families of the dying men who meant something to her at an earlier stage of her life. Strikingly vivid observations of the mundane, substituting for unspoken emotions, pull the reader in.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Fairweather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 May 2012
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The book contains 5 stories, all linked by Alice, the central character in all of them. Alice is obviously an elderly woman going through the death of close friends. I even felt rather sorry for her as it seems that the only event going on in her life is being drawn into friends or relatives's deaths. In spite of the austere subject, the book has a beautiful and meditative tone, not unlike a japanese zen garden, that quietly illuminates and soothes the reader. I liked the detached yet insightful take on these painful moments that the author has. It is not a book you will want to read at just anytime but at the right time, it will prove to be a most rewarding read.
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