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Young Light

English · Paperback / Softback

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Paints a delicate portrait of a twelve-year-old boy named Julian growing up in a mining community in 1960s Germany.

First Light covers only a few summer weeks, following young Julian's gradual social and sexual awakening amidst his parent's financial and marital problems. Avoiding any overt drama in the description of his predicaments and observations, Rothmann instead creates a quiet sense of hope and new beginnings. His subtle, restrained prose captures the unarticulated, yet increasingly conscious feelings of the boy as he approaches the end of childhood, but still remains very remote from the adult world he sees around him. From his stressed, exhausted mother to their suspicious neighbor Herr Gorny, the adult characters remind him of his own powerlessness rather than offering encouragement; but his little sister Sophie proves his most devoted ally, gently standing up to their mother's fits of rage. As the novel progresses, Julian becomes increasingly aware of the weaknesses and failures of the adults; despite his difficulties in understanding what goes on around him, one senses a wisdom and integrity that sets him apart from many of the other characters in his life. Rothmann's refreshingly unpretentious style offers the perfect medium for this portrait of ambivalent youthful consciousness.

Product details

Authors Wieland Hoban, Ralf Rothmann
Assisted by Wieland Hoban (Translation)
Publisher Seagull Books London Ltd
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 11.05.2023
EAN 9781803091860
ISBN 978-1-80309-186-0
No. of pages 298
Dimensions 204 mm x 128 mm x 17 mm
Weight 272 g
Series The Seagull Library of German
The Seagull Library of German Literature
Subjects Fiction > Narrative literature
Humanities, art, music > Linguistics and literary studies > General and comparative literary studies

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