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Comedy in a Minor Key - A Novel

Hans Keilson

A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation-and, true to its title, a dark comedy of wartime manners-Comedy in a Minor Key tells the story of Wim and Marie, a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico, then must dispose of his body when he dies of pneumonia. This novella, first published in 1947 and now translated into English for the first time, shows Hans Keilson at his best: deeply ironic, penetrating, sympathetic, and brilliantly modern, an heir to Joseph Roth and Franz Kafka. In 2008, when Keilson received Germany's prestigious Welt Literature Prize, the citation praised his work for exploring "the destructive impulse at work in the twentieth century, down to its deepest psychological and spiritual ramifications."

A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation-and, true to its title, a dark comedy of wartime manners-Comedy in a Minor Key tells the story of Wim and Marie, a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico, then must dispose of his body when he dies of pneumonia. This novella, first published in 1947 and now translated into English for the first time, shows Hans Keilson at his best: deeply ironic, penetrating, sympathetic, and brilliantly modern, an heir to Joseph Roth and Franz Kafka. In 2008, when Keilson received Germany's prestigious Welt Literature Prize, the citation praised his work for exploring "the destructive impulse at work in the twentieth century, down to its deepest psychological and spiritual ramifications."
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A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation-and, true to its title, a dark comedy of wartime manners-Comedy in a Minor Key tells the story of Wim and Marie, a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico, then must dispose of his body when he dies of pneumonia. This novella, first published in 1947 and now translated into English for the first time, shows Hans Keilson at his best: deeply ironic, penetrating, sympathetic, and brilliantly modern, an heir to Joseph Roth and Franz Kafka. In 2008, when Keilson received Germany's prestigious Welt Literature Prize, the citation praised his work for exploring "the destructive impulse at work in the twentieth century, down to its deepest psychological and spiritual ramifications."

Language:

English

Narrators:

James Clamp

Length:

3h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

13:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

27:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:09