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On Books: 'Transit' By Rachel Cusk

May 4, 2017
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Life is like a construction site that can never be finished. In Rachel Cusk's newest, bitingly funny novel Transit, this piece of worldly wisdom becomes literally true when its heroine returns to a familiar place to start over.

On Books: 'Winter's Bone' By Daniel Woodrell

Dec 15, 2016
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At last, Christmas time is upon us and Berlin has given us its first crispy-cold days. What better time to stay in altogether with a dark American thriller depicting the icy hinterland of Missouri? Daniel Woodrell's "Winter's Bone" from 2006 is the story of a family struggling to survive and makes your blood freeze in more than one sense.

On Books: 'Wild Pork And Watercress' By Barry Crump

Nov 17, 2016
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Taika Waititi's 2016 film Hunt for the Wilderpeople has been an astonishing success from the other side of the world. Already now it is celebrated in New Zealand as the most successful movie of all times. And while it certainly is an amusing adventure well-worth watching, the 1986 novel by Barry Crump that it is based upon is no less entertaining: Wild Pork and Watercress is the story of two outsiders that find another through the overwhelming nature of New Zealand.

On Books: 'The Outrun' By Amy Liptrot

Sep 15, 2016
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On Books is a new literature review series by NPR Berlin made possible in part by Shakespeare & Sons. This review will air on NPR Berlin 104,1 FM during Morning Edition on Friday, September 16th at 11:49 AM.

On Books: 'Satin Island' By Tom McCarthy

Aug 5, 2016
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On Books is a new literature review series by NPR Berlin made possible in part by Shakespeare & Sons.

What is the meaning of it all – of life, of being alive, of living in the here and now? It is these large, philosophical questions that have accompanied humankind ever since its beginnings. Tom McCarthy's Satin Island tries to solve them – but not in the way that one might expect.