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The Dark Meadow

by Andrea Maria Schenkel

You do not have to be a crime genre fan to enjoy this book. It is well written and expertly translated by Anthea Bell. The story is set in Germany at the end of the second World War. The narrative moves smoothly between the past and the present by means of the accounts of the different protagonists as they revisit the crime after eighteen years. A slim book but packs a real punch.

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If it hadn't been for Albert, she would never have
wasted another thought on him, just as you forgot the
dream you had in the night even before you woke up next
morning. But Albert was here, and their situation in the
house became more intolerable every day.
Translated by Anthea Bell

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