In his novel “Königsallee”, Hans Pleschinski catapults us back to the summer of 1954. (…) Those who love Thomas Mann will have a ball with “Königsallee”. Pleschinski quotes, caricatures, parodies. He plays with the Nobel laureate’s language, studding his novel with literary allusions. He describes a Latin American woman who takes such pleasure in slamming doors shut as if she had learnt to do so from the Russian woman Chauchat on the magic mountain. But above all, Pleschinski paints a loud, candy-coloured panorama of the fifties. The microcosm of a luxury hotel reflects the tension between new departures and previous history, world war trauma and economic miracle.
Carmen Eller: „Ein Fest für Thomas Mann“
© Literaturen, autumn 2013
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