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To die in spring

Author: Ralf Rothmann; Shaun Whiteside
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018. ©2017
Series: Thorndike Press large print Bill's bookshelf.
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : Fiction : English : Large print editionView all editions and formats
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Distant, silent, often drunk, Walter Urban is a difficult man to have as a father. But his son--the narrator of this slim, harrowing novel--is curious about Walter's experiences during World War II, and so makes him a present of a blank notebook in which to write down his memories. Walter dies, however, leaving nothing but the barest skeleton of a story on those pages, leading his son to fill in the gaps himself,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: War fiction
Historical fiction
Bildungsromans
War stories
Large type books
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ralf Rothmann; Shaun Whiteside
ISBN: 9781432847579 1432847570
OCLC Number: 1008767840
Description: 289 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Thorndike Press large print Bill's bookshelf.
Other Titles: Im Frühling sterben.
Responsibility: by Ralf Rothmann ; translated from the German by Shaun Whiteside.

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Distant, silent, often drunk, Walter Urban is a difficult man to have as a father. But his son--the narrator of this slim, harrowing novel--is curious about Walter's experiences during World War II, and so makes him a present of a blank notebook in which to write down his memories. Walter dies, however, leaving nothing but the barest skeleton of a story on those pages, leading his son to fill in the gaps himself, rightly or wrongly, with what he can piece together of his father's early life. This, then, is the story of Walter and his dangerously outspoken friend Friedrich Caroli, seventeen-year-old trainee milkers on a dairy farm in northern Germany who are tricked into volunteering for the army during the spring of 1945: the last, and in many ways the worst, months of the war. The men are driven to the point of madness by what they experience, and when Friedrich finally deserts his post, Walter is forced to do the unthinkable. Told in a remarkable impressionistic voice, focusing on the tiny details and moments of grotesque beauty that flower even in the most desperate situations, Ralf Rothmann's To Die in Spring "ushers in the post-[Günter] Grass era with enormous power" (Die Zeit).

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