The Tango Player by Christopher Hein

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Set in 1968 Leipzig, Christoph Hein's novel is the story of Dallow, an apolitical academic who has just returned to civilian life after serving twenty-one months in prison. His crime: he was the substitute piano player in a student cabaret in which seditious verses were sung. Dallow returns to a life in of loveless sex, police harassment, and brutality, revealing how a corrupt system perverts all human interaction, and how lives are ruined by malicious caprice.

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As a poet, playwright, essayist, and novelist, Christoph Hein is considered one of the most important and respected literary voices in Germany today. Widely acclaimed in Germany and abroad, Hein's works have been translated into 17 languages. The Tango Player, Hein's second novel to appear in English, was acclaimed as an ingenious and provocative novel by the Times Literary Supplement. The Tango Player gives the reader an insight into life in East Germany. Other novels by Hein include The Distant Lover and Death of Horn. Hein was awarded the prestigious Heinrich Mann Prize and the West German Kritikerpreis in 1983 and was the first recipient of the Erich Fried Prize in 1990.
Published November 1, 1991 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 219 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Completely uninterested in developments in Prague, Dallow uses the fact that beds are scarce to accommodate a succession of young women, dallying until word arrives that his nemesis at the Institute has been politically incorrect in rejecting news reports of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia,...

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One of East Germany's leading writers, Hein ( The Distant Lover ) critiques the political corruption and patronage system that marked his country's brand of communism during the 1960s.

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