THE BEST NEW FICTION
Walter Kempowski Granta £14.99
First published in 1992, and only now available in English translation, Homeland is a truly remarkable work, exploring the ambivalent relationship between Germany and lands such as East Prussia that it once occupied. The hero is a Hamburg-based journalist who travels to Poland to scout out the route for a car rally and finds himself surrounded by the ghosts of the past, including his own parents. The late Walter Kempowski was a master of simple, emotionally charged storytelling, and this polished gem deserves to earn him a large posthumous readership.