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4 individuals of a German relatives are reunited accidentally within the decaying fantastic thing about post-war Rome. those diverse males, jointly opposed and apprehensive, study of 1 another's presence in Rome and meet, their usually chilling histories unfolding via numerous literary kinds and voices.

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Since then, in almost forty years, Koeppen has published only one short work of semi-fiction, Die Jugend (Youth), three travel books about Russia, America and France, and some essays and reviews. is one of the loudest things in German literature today. So much for the fast-forward version. Taken a little more slowly, it shows the troubling shape of a career in twentieth-century German letters. Where Chancellor Kohl congratulated himself on being born late, Koeppen could lament being born early.

Not any more. She had suffered long enough. She gave beggars unusually large sums, without asking what had forced them to beg. Kürenberg could have conducted elsewhere in the world for more money, in Sydney or New York; and Ilse hadn't advised him against putting on Siegfried's symphony for the congress in Rome, but now she was sorry that he was taking trouble over something inchoate and hopeless, an expression of naked and unworthy despair. When the rehearsal was over, the Kürenbergs went out to eat.

Oberbürgermeister Friedrich Wilhelm Pfaffrath was sitting with Anna his wife and Dietrich his younger son in the lounge of the German hotel, and already they had made contact with visiting compatriots, with Germans of similar background and outlook, fortunate survivors but with short memories like themselves. VW-owners, drivers of Mercedes, redeemed by German efficiency and now once more valued bringers of foreign currency, they were conversing and drinking sweet vermouth, and on the table were street maps and guidebooks, because they were planning expeditions to Tivoli and to Frascati, but also to the rebuilt monastery of Monte Cassino; they meant to visit the battlefields, which held no terrors for these people, and one of their number would look and find and shout, 'This was our battery position, we were spitting down from here, here is where we were dug in, here is where we held the line.

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