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A Child Of All Nations. By Irmgard Keun, Penguin Classics, €22

2nd February, 2008

A Child Of All Nations. By Irmgard Keun, Penguin Classics, €22

‘I get funny looks from hotel managers, but that’s not because I’m naughty; it’s the fault of my father. Everyone says: that man ought never to have got married.”

This is the world according to Kully, a precocious, tell-it-like-it-is, German child living a bohemian existence with her parents at the dawning of World War II.

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