Lost by Hans-Ulrich Treichel
A Novel

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Not since The Reader has a work of fiction so stunningly evoked the guilt and shame that resounds in postwar Germany. In this debut novel of astonishing originality, we bear witness to a family ravaged with regret at the loss of their child.

As a young boy, the narrator learns that his parents lost their firstborn son while fleeing the advancing Russian Army in 1945. Though his family has comfortably settled in Westphalen, the memory of Arnold continues to haunt them. The narrator shares his parents' anguish, but he can't resist feeling resentful, for his brother's absence is the most defining aspect of his life. When his parents learn of a foundling that resembles Arnold, they embark on a horrific quest to claim him as their own, only to endure a series of unanticipated twists that lead to a startling denouement. At turns uncanny, subtle, and perversely amusing, Lost is a chilling novel of mesmerizing power.


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About Hans-Ulrich Treichel

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Hans-Ulrich Treichel is a professor of German literature at the University of Leipzig.Translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published April 7, 2010 by Vintage. 144 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A first novel from Treichel, a well-known German poet and critic, turns a fragmented family's arduous search for its missing son into an eerie and perversely amusing metaphysical puzzle.

Jan 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Lost: A Novel

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A missing child casts a long shadow over his younger brother's existence in this slim, astringent first novel by German poet and professor Treichel, enthusiastically received upon its German publicati

Aug 30 1999 | Read Full Review of Lost: A Novel

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Sometimes authors' best works are their first. The tale of an imaginary universe where elevators are really important and the story of the first giraffe in Europe are among librarian Nancy Pearl's selections of must-read literary debuts.

Mar 31 2006 | Read Full Review of Lost: A Novel

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