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Sanna and her ravishing friend Gerti would rather speak of love than politics, but in 1930s Frankfurt, politics cannot be escaped--even in the lady's bathroom. Crossing town one evening to meet up with Gerti's Jewish lover, a blockade cuts off the girls' path--it is the Fürher in a motorcade procession, and the crowd goes mad striving to catch a glimpse of Hitler's raised "empty hand." Then the parade is over, and in the long hours after midnight Sanna and Gerti will face betrayal, death, and the heartbreaking reality of being young in an era devoid of innocence or romance. In 1937, German author Irmgard Keun had only recently fled Nazi Germany with her lover Joseph Roth when she wrote this slim, exquisite, and devastating book. It captures the unbearable tension, contradictions, and hysteria of pre-war Germany like no other novel. Yet even as it exposes human folly, the book exudes a hopeful humanism. It is full of humor and light, even as it describes the first moments of a nightmare. After Midnight is a masterpiece that deserves to be read and remembered anew.
Set in a devastated Berlin one month after the close of the Second World War, Berlin is a page-turner and an intimate portrait of Germany before, during, and after the war. Occupied Berlin, American sector, 1945: Ben, a German boy retrieving cigarette butts to repackage and sell on the black market, discovers the body of a beautiful young woman in a subway station. Blonde and blue-eyed, she has been sexually assaulted and strangled with a chain. In the scramble to identify the body, the victim is mistaken for an American and a local investigation becomes a matter for the U.S. Military Police. Captain John Ashburner and Inspector Klaus Dietrich realize quickly that to solve this apparently motiveless murder they will have to work together. When the bodies of other young women are discovered it becomes clear that this is no isolated act of violence.
The return of Kemal Kayankaya, "The ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private eyes" (Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times Book Review).Jakob Arjouni's first novel, Happy Birthday, Turk!, was published when its author was just twenty. The book and its beleaguered hero, Turkish-German P.I., Kemal Kayankaya, instantly found an adoring audience around the world, and three more bestselling Kayankaya novels quickly followed.Now, more than twenty-five years later--and after publishing a string of critically acclaimed literary novels--Arjouni returns to his most beloved character in Brother Kemal.It turns out that while things in Frankfurt have gotten glitzier, it's still the ugliest town in all of Germany, and rich people still show up at Kayankaya's seedy office looking for help. For example, there's the financier whose sixteen-year-old daughter has disappeared with an underground "photographer." Then there's the author who needs a bodyguard at the famous Frankfurt Book Fair because he's offended several Islamist groups. The two cases seem to be straightforward--but it goes all wrong for Kayankaya, as it almost always does. Luckily, that's when he's at his best.From the Trade Paperback edition.
A young man who is rapidly going to the dogs in Berlin is packed off by his father to a university in a sleepy provincial town. There a brilliant lecture awakens in him a wild passion for learning--as well as a peculiarly intense fascination with the graying professor who gave the talk. The student grows close to the professor, becoming a regular visitor to the apartment he shares with his much younger wife. He takes it upon himself to urge his teacher to finish the great work of scholarship that he has been laboring at for years and even offers to help him in any way he can. The professor welcomes the young man's attentions, at least on some days. On others, he rages without apparent reason or turns away from his disciple with cold scorn. The young man is baffled, wounded. He cannot understand. But the wife understands. She understands perfectly. And one way or another she will help him to understand too.
Alpha is a mission to Mars, a scientific expedition with political overtones. The narrative reveals gradually, and with much skill, the slow deterioration of leaders and subordinates in the face of the dust of Mars. Winner of the German Children's Book Prize for 1971.
As Bluejay--Mo's fictitious double--tries to keep the Book of Immortality from unraveling, Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom, asking for Bluejay's surrender or the children will be doomed to slavery in the silver mines.
In this delightful picture book, you will meet Little Bear and Little Tiger who star in "A Trip to Panama." They are joined by mice, moles, Auntie Goose, A hare with fast running shoes, and more... Picture descriptions present.
In this collection of adventures, Nicholas, a cheeky French schoolboy, is invited to a birthday party by the girl next door, plays a very messy game of chess, and learns that walking on your hands is much harder than turning somersaults.
Dramatic story of a pianists survival of World War II in Poland.
Violetta is a young princess who wants to be treated just like her big brothers, who are training to be knights. But her father insists that she act ladylike and get married.
Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon -- the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
From the Book Jacket: Little Bear and Little Tiger live together in their house down by the river. They are quite content with their life until one day Little Bear finds a crate marked PANAMA floating in the river. The crate smells strongly of bananas and Little Bear takes it home in great excitement to show Little Tiger. Panama suddenly becomes their dreamland and they will not be content until they have been there. This amusing fable, in Janosch's inimitable style and with his enchanting illustrations, is sure to be a winner with children and parents alike.
In 1942 Traudl Junge was offered the chance of a lifetime. At the age of twenty-two she became private secretary to Adolf Hitler, and she served him for two and a half years, up to the bitter end.
In a gripping dystopian novel, four teenagers risk impossible odds to fight against tyranny in a world of dangerous choices -- and reemerging hope. Escape. Milena, Bartolomeo, Helen, and Milos have left their prison-like boarding schools far behind, but their futures remain in peril. Fleeing across icy mountains from a terrifying pack of dog-men sent to hunt them down, they are determined to take up the fight against the despotic government that murdered their parents years before. Only three will make it safely to the secret headquarters of the resistance movement. The fourth is captured and forced to participate in a barbaric game for the amusement of the masses -- further proof of the government's horrible brutality. Will the power of one voice be enough to rouse a people against a generation of cruelty? Translated from the French, this suspenseful story of courage, individualism, and freedom has resonated with young readers across the globe.
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