German Lesson

Siegfried Lenz (Author)
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Description

Siggi Jepsen, incarcerated as a juvenile delinquent, is one day assigned to write a routine German lesson on the "The Joys of Duty." Overfamiliar with these "joys," Siggi sets down his life since 1943, a decade earlier, when as a boy he watched his father, constable of the northernmost police station in Germany, doggedly carry out orders from Berlin to stop a well-known Expressionist, their neighbor, from painting and to seize all his "degenerate" work. Soon Siggi is stealing the paintings to keep them safe from his father. Against the great brooding northern landscape. Siggi recounts the clash of father and son, of duty and personal loyalty, in wartime Germany. "I was trying to find out," Lenz says, "where the joys of duty could lead a people"

Product Details

Price
$22.95
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
April 17, 1986
Pages
476
Dimensions
5.06 X 1.16 X 8.04 inches | 1.12 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811209823
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About the Author

Born in East Prussia, SIEGFRIED LENZ (1917-2014) was one of Germany's foremost writers. Best known for The German Lesson, his stories and novels rank in popularity as well as critical esteem alongside those of Günter Grass and Heinrich Böll. Lenz was awarded the prestigious Friedenpreis of the German Book Trade in 1988.