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18 May 2000
by Hans-Ulrich Treichel, translated by Carol Brown Janeway.
Picador, 145 pp., £10, January 2000, 0 330 39093 7
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... 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-UlrichTreichel’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 ...

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