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The New Sorrows of Young W. by Ulrich Plenzdorf

The New Sorrows of Young W.

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The New Sorrows of Young W. by Ulrich Plenzdorf
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Sep 15, 2015 | ISBN 9781782270942

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“Fursland’s exciting new translation of Plenzdorf’s breakout novel (which has been taught in classrooms throughout Germany since its publication in the early 1970s) begins after the body of 17-year-old star pupil Edgar Wibeau is discovered inside a condemned summer home in Berlin. . . Edgar’s voice is reminiscent of Holden Caulfield’s, full of naïveté and and youthful arrogance, thoughtful and self-aware. . . The resulting intertextuality is more than aesthetic, not only advancing the narrative but also presenting a call and response between two celebrated German authors. Plenzdorf’s novel is a touching and tragic coming-of-age tale that utilizes other pieces of art to examine life in East Germany.” — Publishers Weekly

“Not a history lesson but universal portraiture; younger readers will identify, older readers will recall just how Edgar feels.” — Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal Reviews

“Plenzdorf impresses with a collage-type structure and a medley of registers. . . “The New Sorrows of Young W.” is blackly comic and slickly irreverent. . . Pushkin Press deserves praise for giving English readers the chance to discover Plenzdorf’s wonderful little novel — one that is tragic, yet full of ‘zing.'” — Star Tribune

“Now ably translated into English by Romy Fursland and available for an appreciative American readership, ‘The New Sorrows of Young W’ by Ulrich Plenzdorf is a truly extraordinary and very highly recommended addition to community and academic library Literary Fiction collections.” — Midwest Book Review Bookwatch

“The New Sorrows of Young W. belongs to those books… that are important literary documents of their time, because they for the first time articulate something… which has hitherto either not been seen clearly, or not been seen at all.” — Marcel Reich-Ranicki 

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