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by Hans-Ulrich Treichel, translated by Carol Brown Janeway.
Picador, 145 pp., £10, January 2000, 0 330 39093 7
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... 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. In this case the asylum seekers are a young East Prussian farmer and his wife and baby son. It is 1945, and they are fleeing before the Russian advance. ‘The Russians were ...

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