Thursday, April 14, 2022

Top ten novels about postwar Germany

Martin Goodman has written eleven books, fiction and nonfiction. A theme common to much of his fiction is the exploration of war guilt: his first novel On Bended Knees, set in England and Berlin, examined how the effects of war are passed from one generation to the next, and was shortlisted for the Whitbread (now the Costa) First Novel Award. His latest novel J SS Bach picks up that thread and considers the themes of Music and the Holocaust.

At the Guardian Goodman tagged ten novels that "explore how the guilt and traumas of war are passed down to succeeding generations," including:
The One from the Other by Philip Kerr (2006)

In 1949, Bernie Gunther re-establishes himself as a private detective in Munich. In true noir mode, a femme fatale sets him on a manhunt – but Bernie’s got some SS history of his own and soon finds that he’s the hunted one. Who’s an ally in this Germany, who’s an enemy - and how do you tell the one from the other?
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue