Ferdinand, the Man With the Kind Heart

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Ferdinand, the Man With the Kind Heart

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Author :   Irmgard Keun
Publisher :   Penguin Classics
Published :   01/04/2021
ISBN :   9780241441336
Format :   Paperback
Pages :   160
Size (mm) :   196x129x10
Weight (g) :   143

Bombed-out Cologne after the war is a strange place to be. The black market in jam and corsets is booming, half-destroyed houses offer opportunities for stealing doors and eggcups, and de-Nazification parties are all the rage. Recently released from a... Read more
 
Bombed-out Cologne after the war is a strange place to be. The black market in jam and corsets is booming, half-destroyed houses offer opportunities for stealing doors and eggcups, and de-Nazification parties are all the rage. Recently released from a prisoner-of-war camp, Ferdinand drifts around the city, strenuously avoiding his fiancé and drinking brandy with his fabulous cousin. But is this any way to go on? Told with Keun's characteristic humour, irony and generosity of spirit, this is a wry portrait of a man, a city and a nation that asks how we go on living even in the face of total defeat.