Morenga

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New Directions Publishing, May 31, 2005 - Fiction - 340 pages
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Uwe Timm (Headhunter, The Invention of Curried Sausage) has been described in The New Yorker as an extraordinary storyteller. In this early novel, he focuses his narrative talents on the historical conflict between German colonists and African tribes under the leadership of the legendary Morenga in the first decade of the 20th century. A daring and brilliant military tactician, Morenga was fluent in several languages and by all reports a man of compassion, intelligence, and integrity, as he led his people towards freedom. Recounted through the eyes of Gottschalk, an engaging fictional military veterinarian, the narrative blends quotations from historical sources with actual accounts of everyday life and military excursions. The parallels between past events and later German history, with its notions of the Untermensch (subhuman beings) and racial inferiortiy, are subtly brought to mind, while significant philosophical, political, and human issues are at play. Morenga is an intriguing novel of scope and significance, and it has been well served by Breon Mitchell's prize-winning translation.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
4
Section 3
22
Section 4
24
Section 5
28
Section 6
33
Section 7
56
Section 8
80
Section 13
213
Section 14
248
Section 15
269
Section 16
277
Section 17
281
Section 18
306
Section 19
313
Section 20
328

Section 9
88
Section 10
120
Section 11
177
Section 12
192
Section 21
331
Section 22
332
Section 23
338
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Breon Mitchell is Professor of Germanic Studies and Comparative Literature at Indiana University, where he is also Director of the Lilly Library. A Rhodes Scholar, he received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Oxford University. His areas of specialization include literary translation, Anglo-German literary relations, literature and the visual arts, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, and Samuel Beckett.

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