Hans Keilson, Life Goes On
The first novel by the author of Comedy in a Minor Key
FSG, 2012; translated from German
Published in 1933 and promptly banned by the Nazis, Keilson's autobiographical first novel describes a family
slowly going under in an increasingly bleak economy, and a
young man struggling with the burden of shame as he tries to find his way in the world.
A 2012 Book You Missed But Shouldn't Have: "gloriously translated."
"Stunningly accomplished and self-assured for such a young writer... this book is a wonderful achievement."
—Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
"An important and heartbreaking novel.... The prose is a pleasure. Keilson has a lovely, easy style, a
gentle tone and an analytic mind.... He was so young, and such a natural."
—Judith Shulevitz, NY Times Book Review
"Life Goes On puts a profoundly sympathetic human face on economic hardship.... [A] wise and humane novel...
aided by another strong translation from Mr. Searls."
—Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal
"This is the second of Keilson's books masterfully translated by Damion Searls, and it stays with you long after you've read it.... Eerily prescient."
—Jason Diamond, Bookforum
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