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Fiction Literary

The Brummstein

by (author) Peter Adolphsen

read by John Lee

translated by Charlotte Barslund

Brilliance Audio
Initial publish date
Sep 2015
Literary, Magical Realism
  • CD-Audio

    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
    List Price

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This astonishing novel begins in 1907, when Josef Siedler, a science-fiction devotee, ventures deep into a series of caves in search of an entrance to the underworld. Disappointed in his quest, he nonetheless returns with a peculiar souvenir: a small rock sample that emits a strange humming sound. Upon Siedler’s death, the rock is bequeathed to his nephew, a significant step in what will become an extraordinary journey through the arc of history. For as the stone passes through the hands of a series of owners, it collects their experiences: from pre-World War I ambitions and inter-war anarchism to conditions during World War II, the bleakness of life in post-war East Germany, the German art scene of the 1960s, and more. These “snapshots” of the twentieth century serve to chronicle the continuity of humanity, with all its strengths and weaknesses, in spare, haunting prose. In The Brummstein, Danish author Peter Adolphsen has spun a mystical—and movingly memorable—exploration of the meaning of life.

About the authors

Peter Adolphsen was born in 1972 and attended the Danish Writers School from 1993-95. At 25, he made his debut as an author with a collection of short prose entitled Small Stories, followed in 2000 by Small Stories 2. His novel Machine was published in English in 2008.

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Charlotte Barslund is a Scandinavian translator. She has translated novels by Karin Fossum, Per Petterson, Carsten Jensen, Sissel-Jo Gazan, Thomas Enger, and Mikkel Birkegaard as well as a wide range of classic and contemporary plays. She translated Peter Adolphsen’s Machine in 2008. She lives in the U.K.

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Editorial Reviews

“Thought-provoking, this is a gem of a little book.” —Historical Novel Society