The Last Shot by Hugo Hamilton

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In a tale that spans two generations, an American living in West Germany travels to Nuremberg, where he meets the man who fired the final--but unrecorded--shot of World War II. By the author of Surrogate City.
 

About Hugo Hamilton

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In his first novel since the bestselling memoir "The Speckled People", Hugo Hamilton has created a truly compelling story of lost identity and a remarkable reflection on the ambiguity of belonging.
 
Published May 1, 1992 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 175 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In his second novel (the first not published here), Dubliner Hamilton cannily interlaces a brace of bittersweet, doomed love affairs four decades apart.

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The long-lost-wartime-father-sought-by-grown-child story is common enough to be its own genre by now, but rarely is it executed with the polish and depth exhibited here. Using a filmic technique of in

Jun 01 1992 | Read Full Review of The Last Shot

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Scenes of war-shattered Germany alternate with accounts of its reunification, and there is well-placed irony as several characters repeat ``how exciting reunification was for Germany.'' This novel stands apart from most of its type not only through its careful contrast of the formation and the un...

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The separateness of the two stories is sometimes awkward, but there is a note of reconciliation in the long conversation at the end between the narrator and the father he had left America to find: Franz, now in his 70s.

Jun 18 1992 | Read Full Review of The Last Shot

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