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This is an auction for THE GOOD GERMAN by Joseph Kanon.

“What Carol Reed's film The Third Man did for Vienna immediately after World War II, Kanon's superb thriller does for Berlin during the same period. Jake Geismar, CBS Berlin correspondent before the war, jumps at the chance to return to the German capital to cover the Potsdam Conference. His real motive isn't postwar politics, though; it's finding the German girl, Lena, he left behind. What he finds first, however, is the dead body of an American soldier. Despite the efforts of the American brass to sweep the GI's death under the bureaucratic rug, Jake smells a story, and the trail leads him to Lena. Kanon is a master at surrounding a legendary historical moment with a labyrinthine thriller plot and an involving love story. Here that historical moment - Berlin at its most post-apocalyptic - drives both the thriller, which involves American and Russian attempts to snatch German rocket scientists, and the love story, which must rise phoenix-like from the rubble of bombed-out buildings and ruined lives. Hovering over it all is the legacy of the Holocaust. Kanon hits every note just right, from the wide-angle descriptions of Berlin's pockmarked moonscape to the tellingly detailed portraits of the city's shellshocked survivors. Superb popular fiction, combining propulsive narrative drive with a subtle grasp of character and a fine sense of moral ambiguity.”
- a *** starred *** review in booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Paperback 2001.

533 pages.

Good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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