With an afterword by Roger Perret
‘The protagonist is a twenty-year-old who has given up his studies after having fallen in love with a cabaret singer, Sibylle. His life takes place in the half-dark, around the pooling light of the bar and among the smiling hopelessness of pre-Nazi Berlin. The translator, Lucy Renner Jones, succeeds admirably in reconciling the register in which the protagonist recounts these incidents with those in which he discusses his generation or describes the countryside around the small town to which he has run away. All of these come together in the believable, and believably youthful, voice on which the novella depends.’ —Times Literary Supplement
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