An Ordinary Youth by Walter Kempowski

An Ordinary Youth by Walter Kempowski | 1.28 MB
English | N/A Pages

Title: An Ordinary Youth
Author: Walter Kempowski
Year: 1978

An Ordinary Youth is a novel drawn directly from the author’s boyhood in Nazi Germany. Nine-year-old Walter’s family is moving house when the novel opens, but Walter’s main concerns are his tin soldiers and his older brother’s jazz records, his father’s fluctuating moods, and his mother’s ministrations and anxieties. While Walter is absorbed by his private life, the extraordinary accumulation of contemporary idioms that accompany his point of view-dialogue, song, literary quotations, commercials, and political slogans-tell a different story. Through this echo chamber of voices, Kempowski shows a hugely turbulent and murderously intolerant nation racing toward disaster. An immediate bestseller when it was first published in Germany in 1971 (as Tadellöser & Wolff) and the best known of Kempowski’s novels in Germany, An Ordinary Youth is now available in English for the first time.


Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *