The Tale of a Dog: From the Diaries and Letters of a Texan Bankruptcy Judge
DescriptionThe judge and protagonist of this roman noir is Erwin Caldwell. The year is 1992, and the rivers in and around rain-soaked Austin are flooding their banks. The life of the city is thrown into confusion, and Judge Caldwell, a comfortably married man for thirty years, has an affair with the owner of a small bookstore. His stepdaughter returns home after being denied tenure at Harvard, her little boy in tow, and Judge Caldwell learns of the death of drowning of the Dutch philosopher-semanticist Jan van de Rouwers, revered by a generation of Texas university students. Murder or suicide? Van de Rouwers has been discovered to have been not a World War II Resistance fighter as supposed, but a Nazi collaborator and anti-Semite apologist. Caldwell, who is Jewish, ponders the disconcerting turns of history and life in Texas. And what does this all have to do with a dog? Thereby hangs the tale...
New Directions Publishing Corporation
January 17, 1999
5.21 X 0.52 X 7.96 inches | 0.47 pounds
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About the Author
Lars Gustafsson is one of Sweden's most eminent authors. His award-winning works have been translated into fifteen languages.