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Funeral for a Dog : A Novel - Thomas Pletzinger

Funeral for a Dog

A Novel

By: Thomas Pletzinger, Ross Benjamin (Translator)

Paperback Published: 28th March 2011
ISBN: 9780393337259
Number Of Pages: 336

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Journalist Daniel Mandelkern leaves Hamburg on assignment to interview Dirk Svensson, a reclusive children's book author who lives alone on the Italian side of Lake Lugano with his three-legged dog. Mandelkern has been quarreling with his wife (who is also his editor); he suspects she has other reasons for sending him away. After stumbling on a manuscript of Svensson's about a complicated menage a trois, Mandelkern is plunged into mysteries past and present. Rich with anthropological and literary allusion, the novel tells the parallel stories of two writers struggling with the burden of the past and the uncertainties of the future. Funeral for a Dog won the prestigious Uwe-Johnson Prize, and critics raved: "Pletzinger's debut is a real smash hit. It's been a long time since a young German writer has thrown himself into the hurly-burly of life and literature with so much intelligence and bravado" (Wolfgang Hobel, Der Spiegel).

Pletzinger does an admirable job of revealing intriguing characters without being heavy-handed or coy, and the story he tells is smart and well paced, no small feat considering the large scope and the messiness of the lives chronicled. It's a smart and rewarding debut marked by accomplished writing, a slick translation, and intelligent takes on the absurdities of contemporary life.

ISBN: 9780393337259
ISBN-10: 0393337251
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 28th March 2011
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.83 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1