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In a small town on the Baltic coast, in a community steeped in

maritime industries and local mores, a teenager falls in love with his

English professor. Christian looks older than his years, Stella younger

than hers. The summer they spend together is filled with boat rides

to Bird Island, secret walks on the beach, and furtive glances. The

emotions that blossom between Christian andStella are aflame with

passion and innocence, and with an idealistic hope of a future. The

two lovers manage to keep their mutual attraction concealed, but

as the hot months comes to an end, their meetings become more

difficult to conceal.

Stella begins at the end, at Stella Petersen's memorial service,

where Christianrelives the memories he shared with his first love.

There is nothing salacious about their relationship, nor is it just a case

of a teenager's crush on his teacher. Their affair changesboth

Christian and Stella, allows them to expand their views, and pushes

them out of social and familial constraints. Theirs is a tender love

story of a time, and yet speaks to any time; it isactually through

death that their love is transformed.

The sparseness of Siegfried Lenz's narrative is reminiscent of the

existential stringency of ErnestHemingway. Only a master stylist of

his standing could compose such a story that is equally modest and

powerful, a work that leaves a lasting authentic impression, and that

strives to comply withW.H. Auden's famous request, Tell me the truth about love.

Synopsis:

Siegfried Lenz, born in Lyck in East Prussia in 1926, is one of the most important

and widely read writers in postwar and present-day literature. He has published

twelve novels, including The German Lesson, and produced several collections

of short stories, essays, and plays. His works have been published since 1951 by

Hoffmann und Campe, and he has won numerous prizes, including the Goethe Prize

and the German Booksellers’ Peace Prize.

 

Anthea Bell is a freelance translator from German and French, specializing in

fiction. She has won a number of translation awards in the UK, the USA, and Europe.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590513873
Publisher:
Other Press
Subject:
Love stories
Translator:
Bell, Anthea
Author:
Lenz, Siegfried
Subject:
English teachers
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Classics
Subject:
Fiction : Coming of Age
Publication Date:
August 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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Product details pages Other Press - English 9781590513873 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Siegfried Lenz, born in Lyck in East Prussia in 1926, is one of the most important

and widely read writers in postwar and present-day literature. He has published

twelve novels, including The German Lesson, and produced several collections

of short stories, essays, and plays. His works have been published since 1951 by

Hoffmann und Campe, and he has won numerous prizes, including the Goethe Prize

and the German Booksellers’ Peace Prize.

 

Anthea Bell is a freelance translator from German and French, specializing in

fiction. She has won a number of translation awards in the UK, the USA, and Europe.

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