The Hothouse by Wolfgang Koeppen
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Set in Bonn, the capital city of postwar Germany, follows sophisticated idealist Keetenheuve after he returns to Germany following his self-imposed exile, as his entrance into politics leads to his downfall.

About Wolfgang Koeppen

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Wolfgang Koeppen was born in 1906 and died in 1996 in Munich. Michael Hofmann won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize for Roth's The Tale of the 1002nd Night by Joseph Roth.
Published June 1, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But The Hothouse isn’t hermetic: its flexible structure gracefully accommodates flashbacks illuminating its protagonist’s neglect of his weak-willed young wife, equally guilt-ridden love-hate relationship with his culture, and complex relations with colleagues who embody a spectrum of allegiance ...

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As a result, he observes his colleagues with weary detachment, amazed at their ability to recover from dubious wartime activity—"back at the center, eight years previously one had been in Nuremberg, eight years before that one had also been in Nuremberg"—but also with a certain outsider's wistful...

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London Review of Books

Keetenheuve hates the scheme: it was exactly this kind of housing, he believes, that produced an environment in which the everyday became so repellent that ‘many went gladly to fight because they hated the daily grind, because they couldn’t stand their tight lives any more, and because, with all ...

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