The Spectacle Salesman’s Family. By Viola Roggenkamp, Virago, €22.20
Published as Familienlieben in 2004, this debut novel by a former Die Zeit journalist is set in her birthplace, Hamburg, but the location is irrelevant.
What is presented vividly for examination is Jewish family life, as led within a rented flat by the 13-year-old narrator, Fania Schiefer; her older sister Vera; her mother, who is a survivor of the death camps, their grandmother and –...
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