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4.0 out of 5 stars A good collection..., 21 Oct 2004
Kurt Messick "FrKurt Messick" (London, SW1) - See all my reviews
This review is from: German Stories/Deutsche Erzahlungen: A Bilingual Anthology (Parallel Text) (Paperback)
In my first German class, I purchased as a used book Harry Steinhauer's early book, 'First German Reader', which was a dual-language book of selections from German literature. As this book worked well for my supplemental reading, I understandably was drawn to his intermediate collection of German literature for my second year of studies.
Steinhauer's method here is to introduce extended passages from German literature with a basic English introduction. The intention is not only mastery of the language (primarily for reading purposes), but also familiarity with the German culture (which extends beyond the boundaries of Germany proper). Thus, there are writers from the past few hundred years, to give a sense of history and overall literary scene.
Authors Steinhauer has drawn together include Goethe, Hoffmann, Mann, Kafka, Heine, and many others. The translations are Steinhauer's own, arranged on alternate pages with the German text. The text is short on notes, with Steinhauer preferring to let his own translation address issues with a minimum of technical points -- this can be a drawback for those using the book in a stand-alone mode, but together with a grammar, this book is a good second-step in learning German.
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