Selected Stories of Siegfried Lenz

Fiction by Siegfried Lenz

Siegfried Lenz is one of West Germany’s foremost writers, ranking in popularity as well as critical esteem with Günter Grass and Heinrich Böll. In the United States, his stature is based primarily on the novel The German Lesson—a modern classic reissued by New Directions in 1986—but he is also considered a master of the short story, perhaps the best of his postwar generation. The Selected Stories of Siegfried Lenz, edited and translated by Breon Mitchell, is the first comprehensive gathering of the writer’s short fiction ever to appear in English.…
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The German Lesson

Fiction by Siegfried Lenz

Siggi Jepsen, incarcerated as a juvenile delinquent, is one day assigned to write a routine German lesson on the “The Joys of Duty.” Overfamiliar with these “joys,” Siggi sets down his life since 1943, a decade earlier, when as a boy he watched his father, constable of the northernmost police station in Germany, doggedly carry out orders from Berlin to stop a well-known Expressionist, their neighbor, from painting and to seize all his “degenerate” work.…
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