The Beneficiary by Barbara Konig

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Herr Mommsen's life was spared thirty-five years ago during World War II when a priest voluntarily took his place before a firing squad. Now, when the incident is suddenly revealed, he finds himself bombarded with questions about how it felt to be the beneficiary of such a sacrifice. Barbara König's delicate novel reveals what happens when the unremarkable Mommsen is forced to examine his ordinary existence in the context of this extraordinary event.

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Barbara, Born in Reichenberg, Germany, Began Her Career as a Journalist Before Turning to Fiction. the Author of Six Novels, She is the Recipient of Several National Literary Awards. Her Book, Our House, is Also Published by Northwestern Univ. Press. Roslyn Has Translated Works by Botho Strauss and Lisa Fittko, Among Others
Published September 29, 1993 by Northwestern University Press. 117 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But Mommsen, busy building the success of his real estate firm, never gave much thought at all to the chaplain's sacrifice, having seen himself less as a beneficiary, perhaps, than as ``the man who made another man a hero.'' Mommsen does eventually do his share of soul-searching but the Czech-bor...

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