The Dog King

The Dog King

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The novel is set just after World War Two, in a fictitious Germany. The Allies have decided to punish the country for Nazi war crimes by forcing it to develop back in to a pre-industrial society. All the achievements of technology - railways, streets, power, ships - have been destroyed or suspended, and in the village where The Kitahara Syndrome is set, villagers are forced to farm the land with primative tools and scavenge scrap yards. Memories of German war crimes are kept alive by bizarre rituals of remembrance: villagers are forced to dress as concentration camp inmates and act out the ceremonies of torture. This is the background to the story which focuses on three characters and the strange links that bind them.... tapped his forefinger to his helmet, and climbed back into the jeepa€”its antennas whipped like fly-fishermena#39;s rods. ... The few wreaths of light bulbs still shimmering in treetops and on faAsades seemed dull and powerless against the dazzling light. .... Come with me, a€ Morrison said impatiently and took hold of Beringa#39;s arm and led him out into a narrow entrance hall ... Bering followed each instruction: laid his chin in a metal head-support and pressed his forehead against its cool bar;anbsp;...

Title:The Dog King
Author:Christoph Ransmayr
Publisher:Random House - 2011-02-15


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