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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.

Max David­son

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