Watching the Colour Drain from the Butcher Boy’s Face
- Lost by Hans-Ulrich Treichel, translated by Carol Brown Janeway
Picador, 145 pp, £10.00, January 2000, ISBN 0 330 39093 7
‘We all have at least one terrible friend. Each one of us is someone’s terrible friend.’ The epigram was coined by a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge called Jack Gallagher, You could adapt it to the present mood in Europe by saying: ‘Asylum seekers are a menace. Each one of us is someone’s menacing asylum seeker.’ It doesn’t even have to be a Gypsy; it could just be the retired couple fleeing from Guildford who have bought the Tuscan farm across the valley from yours. The asylum-seeker scenario is one of the subtexts in Hans-Ulrich Treichel’s economical, cynical, pitiless and very funny novella.
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Vol. 22 No. 10 · 18 May 2000 » Gabriele Annan » Watching the Colour Drain from the Butcher Boy’s Face
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