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The Summer House, Later (1998)

by Judith Hermann

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I read this book in German and English only to find the German esoteric language value lost when I read the English version. Perhaps intention and meaning suffered in translation but it's probably more along the lines of losing the need to understand every word when everything was simply written in English. Nevertheless, the English version is quite good. I think the art and literature coming out of Berlin at the moment is notable. ( )
  bjeans | Apr 3, 2013 |
A competent, nicely-written collection of intriguingly understated short stories. "Rote Korallen" and "Sonja" were probably the best pieces, but I wouldn't go out of my way to re-read them: nothing really striking or individual.
Hermann is clearly a good writer, but it didn't really click for me: I think the main problem is that the stories are mostly written in a pastiche sixties-American style (one even has a protagonist called Hunter Tompson). This is not necessarily a defect, of course, and was maybe even a fashionable and radical way to write in 90s Berlin, but it's not a style I'm very fond of, and it's certainly not what I'm looking for in a German writer... ( )
  thorold | Jan 20, 2013 |
kann mich kaum erinnern, ist 'ne weile her, dass ich es gelesen habe, aber ich mochte es, meine ich, sehr. ( )
  flydodofly | Jun 13, 2011 |
Great collection of short stories, read it in German if you can, she makes beautiful sentences and images. ( )
  annebikes | Jun 13, 2009 |
9 stories, mostly set in Berlin, but one in New York. All in plain speaking, direct style. All peculiar in that the people in the story are drawn by indirection, by a casual aside, by sometimes inexplicable action, by sometimes seeming to drift, by all hoping something better is just beyond (but never is). Most living in a background of seemingly casual sex (but that is of ten pretense, as in the final story, Summerhouse, later). Often an object becomes the surrogate for the grasping at life and reaching for love: the summerhouse, the Bali woman, the remnants of gone lives. ( )
  dcnorm1 | Apr 7, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060006870, Paperback)

In nine luminous stories of love and loss, loneliness and hope, Judith Hermann's stunning debut collection paints a vivid and poignant picture of a generation ready and anxious to turn their back on the past, to risk uncertainty in search of a fresh, if fragile, equilibrium. An international bestseller and translated into twelve languages, Summerhouse, Later heralds the arrival of one of Germanys most arresting new literary talents.

A restless man hopes to find permanence in the purchase of a summerhouse outside Berlin. A young girl, trapped in a paralyzing web of family stories and secrets, finally manages to break free. A granddaughter struggles to lay her grandmother's ghosts to rest. A successful and simplistic artist becomes inexplicably obsessed with an elusive and strangely sinister young girl.

Against the backdrop of contemporary Berlin, possibly Europe's most vibrant and exhilarating city, Hermann's characters are as kaleidoscopic and extraordinary as their metropolis, united mostly in a furious and dogged pursuit of the elusive specter of "living in the moment." They're people who, in one way or another, constantly challenge the madness of the modern world and whose dreams of transcending the ordinary for that "narrow strip of sky over the rooftops" are deeply felt and perfectly rendered.

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Set against the vibrant backdrop of contemporary Berlin, Summerhouse, Later offers a kaleidoscopic view of modern existential life.

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