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Comedy in a Minor Key

Comedy in a Minor Key

(2010)
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"The Death of the Adversary and Comedy in a Minor Key are masterpieces and Hans Keilson is a genius... Read these books and join me in adding him to the list, which each of us must compose on our own, of the world's greatest writers."
Francine Prose


A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation - and, true to its title, a dark comedy of wartime manners - Comedy in a Minor Key tells the story of Wim and Marie, a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico, then must dispose of his body when he dies of pneumonia. This novella, first published in 1947 and now translated into English for the first time, shows Hans Keilson at his best: deeply ironic, penetrating, sympathetic, and brilliantly modern, an heir to Joseph Roth and Franz Kafka. In 2008, when Keilson received Germany's prestigious Welt Literature Prize, the citation praised his work for exploring 'the destructive impulse at work in the twentieth century, down to its deepest psychological and spiritual ramifications.'

Published to celebrate Keilson's hundredth birthday, Comedy in a Minor Key - and The Death of the Adversary, reissued in paperback - will introduce American readers to a forgotten classic author, a witness to World War II and a sophisticated storyteller whose books remain as fresh as when they first came to light.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2010 : Hardback
Title: Comedy in a Minor Key: A Novel
Author(s): Hans Keilson
ISBN: 0374126755 / 9780374126759 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : Paperback
Title: Comedy in a Minor Key: A Novel
Author(s): Hans Keilson
ISBN: 0374532850 / 9780374532857 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

August 2010 : Paperback
Title: Comedy in a Minor Key
Author(s): Hans Keilson
ISBN: 1843914565 / 9781843914563 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

July 2010 : Kindle edition
Title: Comedy in a Minor Key: A Novel
Author(s): Hans Keilson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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