Funeral for a Dog

Funeral for a Dog

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Funeral for a Dog by Thomas Pletzinger

“The kind of writing that makes us want to read the whole book as soon as possible; a shot of adrenaline that immediately takes us to a new world.”—David Varno, Words Without Borders
Journalist Daniel Mandelkern leaves Hamburg on assignment to interview Dirk Svensson, a reclusive children's book author who lives alone on the Italian side of Lake Lugano with his three-legged dog. Mandelkern has been quarreling with his wife (who is also his editor); he suspects she has other reasons for sending him away.After stumbling on a manuscript of Svensson's about a complicated ménage a trois, Mandelkern is plunged into mysteries past and present. Rich with anthropological and literary allusion, this prize-winning debut set in Europe, Brazil, and New York, tells the parallel stories of two writers struggling with the burden of the past and the uncertainties of the future. Funeral for a Dog won the prestigious Uwe-Johnson Prize, and critics raved: "Pletzinger's debut is a real smash hit. It's been a long time since a young German writer has thrown himself into the hurly-burly of life and literature with so much intelligence and bravado" (Wolfgang Hobel, Der Spiegel).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393337259
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2011
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Born in 1975, Thomas Pletzinger has won several awards for his writing, including fellowships and teaching positions at the University of Iowa, New York University, and Grinnell College. He lives in Berlin.

Ross Benjaminis an acclaimed German-language translator. He lives in Nyack, New York.

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David Varno

“The kind of writing that makes us want to read the whole book as soon as possible; a shot of adrenaline that immediately takes us to a new world.”—David Varno, Words Without Borders

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Funeral for a Dog 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally fell in love with this book and all the simple symbolism. It is hard to read at first but once you dive into the authors psyche you experience more then just a plot you feel his soul. Its deff a good read for a more intuitive feeling based individual. Anyway, i though the book was really good.  
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
It is hard for me to describe Funeral For A Dog since I haven't never read something like this. A journalist is sent out to interview a reclusive children's book author. Daniel (the journalist) tells his story as though they are journal entries and sometimes goes off on tangents. The author's story is told as though he is writing a book. And somehow these two meet and write about the same things differently. Does that make sense? It was not an easy read and certainly not for everyone, including myself.