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Lagerfeuer
Julia Franck
publisher: , 2003

translated as:
Campfire
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, not yet available in English
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Nelly Senff leaves the GDR with her two children, hoping to leave behind her past. The family is brought to a 'reception camp' in West Berlin, and Nelly has to submit to interrogation by the CIA, while the children struggle for acceptance at school. There is no privacy and no independence.
Nelly meets Hans Pischke, who has not left the camp for some time. For the unemployed actor, this temporary solution has become a state of being. Krystyna Jablonowska, a Polish refugee and former cellist, is continually trying to find a way out of the social confines of the camp life. And then there is John Bird, who works for the American
secret service and, despite his efforts to remain indifferent, falls under Nelly's spell. All four characters are linked by their disillusionment: life is very different than they had ever expected it to be.
Campfire tells of a chapter in Germany's recent history that, up until now, has been neglected.
NB: This book has not yet been published in English, but an excerpt from the work has been translated specially for The Ledge by Chantal Wright. Click the 'open book icon' to read the translation and hear Franck reading aloud in her native German.

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ON JULIA FRANCK'S BOOKSHELF

WORKS BY NATALIA GINZBURG
All Our Yesterdays
Natalia Ginzburg, 1952

The Dry Heart
Natalia Ginzburg, 1947

BOOKS BY JULIA FRANCK:

Campfire
2003
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Four people are uprooted from their past, but denied access to their future.

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Melania Mazzucco, 2003

Call it Sleep
Henry Roth, 1934

[Der neue Koch]
1997

[Liebediener]
1999

[Bauchlandung]
2000

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