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Pigeons on the Grass

Wolfgang Koeppen, translated by David Ward
Pigeons on the Grass
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1291-5
1991/202 pages/LC: 88011043
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers

"It is a pleasure to have an English translation of this postwar classic, particularly one so faithful to the content and tone of the original .... Wolfgang Koeppen is among the most important modern German writers."


Here is an English translation of a post-war German classic. The events of the novel take place during the course of a single day in an unnamed city in occupied Germany where the endless drone of allied planes overhead increases the already heightened tension. Throughout this powerful narrative, the characters' experiences ultimately reveal how and at what cost Germans in the 1950s, by failing to confront their recent past, blinded themselves to its after effects.