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Young Light (Seagull Books - Seagull World Literature)

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In First Light, novelist Ralf Rothmann paints a delicate portrait of a twelve-year-old boy named Julian growing up in a mining community in 1960s Germany. The book covers only a few summer weeks, following Julians gradual social and sexual awakening amidst his parents financial and marital problems. Avoiding any overt drama in the description of his predicaments and observations, Rothmann instead creates a quiet sense of hope and new beginnings. His subtle, restrained prose captures the unarticulated, yet increasingly conscious feelings of the boy as he approaches the end of childhood, but still remains very remote from the adult world he sees around him. From his stressed, exhausted mother to their suspicious neighbour Herr Gorny, the adult characters remind him of his own powerlessness rather than offering encouragement; but his little sister Sophie proves his most devoted ally, gently standing up to their mothers fits of rage. As the novel progresses, Julian becomes increasingly aware of the weaknesses and failures of the adults; despite his difficulties in understanding what goes on around him, one senses a wisdom and integrity that sets him apart from many of the other characters in his life. Rothmanns refreshingly unpretentious style offers the perfect medium for this portrait of ambivalent youthful consciousness.

About the Author

Ralf Rothmann is a German novelist, poet, and dramatist, whose novels have been translated into several languages. His most recent novel translated into English was Knife Edge. Wieland Hoban is a British composer who lives in Germany. He has translated several works from German, including many by Theodor W. Adorno.

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Young Light

A novel by Ralf Rothmann

Translated by Wieland Hoban

Product Details

ISBN:
9781906497545
Author:
Rothman, Ralf
Publisher:
Seagull Books
Translator:
Hoban, Wieland
Author:
Rothmann, Ralph
Author:
Rothmann, Ralf
Author:
Rothman, Ralph
Author:
Hoban, Wieland
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Seagull Books - Seagull World Literature
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
298
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Western Europe

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