Absolutely honed prose, expertly done. I hate those kind of covers.
A greatcoat, a brightly coloured dress, a drab background with a child somewhere in it. Hesperus respect the book and the author.
I like that about them. Emma, spot on with every point. One of the joys of this is the complexity and precision of the psychological portaits, yet captured so seemingly easily and without lengthy disposition. He shows a complexity of motives. To be recognised for it. After all, it may all be a bit absurd, Marie may fantasise about being recognised for her virtue, Wim may have needed a bit of sales techniques used on him, but at the end of the day Wim and Marie are risking their lives to save someone.
Keilson really is an exceptional talent. It sounds like a book of strong contrasts: keen psychological insight handled lightly, and a dramatic situation rendered mundane I mean that as commendation not criticism. As a matter of curiousity, is Kielson a contemporary novelist, writing retrospectively, or is this a novella of its time?
This was apparently written in , so not long after the events at hand. Poor Marie! She really puts herself through the wringer. In addition to the situation with Nico, the portrait of the domestic couple is beautifully done. Only just got round to this one, great little novella, perfectly judged. I added it after your round-up so cheers.
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Caroline read it recently and I commented there that I found it very different from this, and a let-down in many ways. Not yet.
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Comedy in a Minor Key
Skip to content. Comedy in a Minor Key, by Hans Keilson and translated by Damion Searls The trouble with realism in fiction is that reality is often distinctly undramatic, and indifferent to the importance of consistent theme and genre. We thought he would enter from the right… Hans Keilson has received a reasonable amount of attention to the blogosphere.
Like this: Like Loading Guy Savage. Anyway, it sounds like a great novella exploring the multiple shades of grey of human behaviour.
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Max Cairnduff. I saw the Hunger cover yesterday, and had the same thought. Chance though I think. Just so. Keen insight handled lightly. Drama, but mundane. Thanks for the comment, it reminds me that I must read Death of the Adversary. Lee Monks.
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