Not since The Reader has a work of fiction so stunningly evoked the guilt and shame that resounds in postwar Germany. In this debut novel of astonishing originality, we bear witness to a family ravaged by regret at the loss of their firstborn son.
As a young boy, the narrator learns from his parents that Arnold, the older brother he believed to have starved to death, might actually be alive.
Fearing for their safety during their flight from the advancing Russian Army in 1945, his parents placed baby Arnold into the arms of a refugee, losing them both amidst the crowd. The family has settled in Westphalen and established a new life for themselves, but losing Arnold continues to haunt them.
While the narrator shares in his parents' anguish and devastation, he can't resist feeling resentful, for his brother's absence is the most present and defining aspect of his life.
When his parents learn of a foundling who resembles Arnold, they embark on a horrific quest to claim him as their own.
At turns uncanny, subtle, and amusing,Lost is a chilling novel of mesmerising power.
"A brilliant tragicomic story."--"The New York Times"
"Treichel's poetic genius allows the fertile ambiguities that Grass and Heinrich Boll planted so adroitly a generation ago to water the guilt and obsession of this particular...family."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review"