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A Small Revolution in Germany

Philip Hensher

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HARPER360
19 February 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Historical fiction
A Small Revolution in Germany is about growing up, or refusing to accept what growing up means; it's about the small dishonest pacts that people make with their own futures; and it's about the rare and joyous refusal to be disillusioned.

Everyone remembers what it's like to be seventeen. The conversations you have; the ideas that burst on you; the kiss that transforms you. And then you grow up, and make a deal with adulthood. A Small Revolution in Germany is about that rapturous moment when ideas, and ideals, and passion crash over one boy's head. And what happens in the decades afterwards? When you see the overwhelming truth when you are seventeen, why should you ever abandon that truth?

Spike is brought into a small, clever group of friends, bursting with a passion for ideas, and the wish to change the world. They smash up political meetings; they paint slogans on walls; they long for armed revolution; they argue, exuberantly, until dawn. In the years to follow, they all change their minds, and go into the world. They become writers, politicians, public figures. One of them becomes famous when she dies. They all change their minds, and make sensible compromises. Only Spike stays exactly as he is, going on with the burning desire for change, in the safe embrace of unconditional love. Alone from the old group, he is the only one who has achieved nothing, and who has never deviated from the impractical shining path of revolution he saw as a teenager. Thirty years on, photographs of the teenage group look like a bunch of celebrated individuals, with only one unknown face in it - Spike.
By:   Philip Hensher
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 204mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   380g
ISBN:   9780008323073
ISBN 10:   0008323070
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   19 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Philip Hensher has written nine novels, including The Mulberry Empire, the Booker-shortlisted The Northern Clemency, King of the Badgers and Scenes from Early Life, which won the Ondaatje Prize in 2012. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Bath Spa and lives in south London and Geneva.

Reviews for A Small Revolution in Germany

Hensher is one of our most gifted novelists' Guardian 'Hensher has a pitch-perfect way with language and invented detail' Sunday Times 'Hensher sneaks into a life like a cat burglar, pads around to survey the scene and slips out again, leaving everything quietly disturbed' Literary Review 'Hensher is gifted with a great virtuosity and a relentless intelligence' Ian Sansom


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