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Hans Keilson, Comedy in a Minor Key

FSG (US) and Hesperus (UK); translated from German

National Book Critics Circle Award finalist
New York Times Notable Book of 2010
A Best Book of the Year
Winner of the 2011 Schlegel-Tieck Translation Prize

  "A masterpiece, and Hans Keilson is a genius...
  [one] of the world's very greatest writers."
  —Francine Prose (review / podcast)

  "One of the best short novels I've ever read."
  —Andre Alexis, The Globe and Mail

A lost Holocaust classic by a German-Jewish resistance hero, first published in 1947 and never before translated into English.

Comedy in a Minor Key, a penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation and a dark comedy of wartime manners, tells the story of Wim and Marie, a Dutch couple who hide a Jew they know as Nico during WWII. When Nico dies of pneumonia, how will Wim and Marie dispose of the body without getting posthumously caught?

See also his first novel, Life Goes On

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