9780375706226

Lost: A Novel

Treichel, Hans-Ulrich

ISBN 10: 0375706224 / 0-375-70622-4
ISBN 13: 9780375706226
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Softcover
Editorial Reviews for this title:
Synopsis:
Not since The Reader has a work of fiction so stunningly evoked the guilt and shame that resounds in postwar Germany. In this debut novel of astonishing originality, we bear witness to a family ravaged with regret at the loss of their child.

As a young boy, the narrator learns that his parents lost their firstborn son while fleeing the advancing Russian Army in 1945. Though his family has comfortably settled in Westphalen, the memory of Arnold continues to haunt them. The narrator shares his parents' anguish, but he can't resist feeling resentful, for his brother's absence is the most defining aspect of his life. When his parents learn of a foundling that resembles Arnold, they embark on a horrific quest to claim him as their own, only to endure a series of unanticipated twists that lead to a startling denouement. At turns uncanny, subtle, and perversely amusing, Lost is a chilling novel of mesmerizing power.

Review:
Although Hans-Ulrich Treichel has already published seven volumes of poetry and miscellaneous prose, his first novel has produced the biggest splash yet, both in his native Germany and abroad. Initially this seems a little surprising. Lost is a small book whose expressive resources are constricted on one side by the narrator's youth (he's 8) and on the other by his emotional range (from mild to deep perplexity). Yet Treichel's plot has an elementary and irresistible power. As we learn, the narrator and his parents are beneficiaries of the postwar German boom, now living in East Prussia. There is, however, a missing piece from this family portrait: an older brother, reluctantly abandoned to a bystander during the Russian advance in 1945. The parents are tortured by this fact, while the narrator, forced to study the single remaining photo of his sibling, takes a more laissez-faire approach:
Arnold was dead, which was certainly very sad, but it made it easier for me to deal with his photo. Happy, easygoing Arnold even struck a chord in me, and I was proud to have a brother who was dead and still looked so happy and easygoing. I mourned Arnold and was proud of him, and I shared my room with him and wished him all the milk in the world. I had a dead brother and felt I had been singled out by fate. None of my playmates had a dead brother, let alone one who'd starved to death while fleeing the Russians.
The narrator's pride in this low-impact relation evaporates, however, when his parents discover that Arnold may be alive after all. What follows is an eerie excursion to the Institute of Forensic Anthropology in Heidelberg, where the entire family is poked, prodded, and measured for evidence of consanguinity with "foundling 2307." This nutty procedure is straight out of Kafka, as is the utterly meaningless report that follows on its heels. Yet Treichel's musical, repetitive, unparagraphed prose owes much more to the late Thomas Bernhard, with whom he also shares a taste for black-comic vexation. For this reader, in fact, the comparison leaves Treichel slightly diminished: he lacks the sort of maniacal intensity that was always the true motor of Bernhard's art. Still, there's a great deal to admire in his tormented take on brotherhood--which could easily have been titled From Here to Fraternity--and Carol Brown Janeway's translation captures both the author's meticulous banality and his momentary, moving leaps into the tragic register. --James Marcus

Review

Review:
"A brilliant tragicomic story."-- The New York Times

"Treichel's poetic genius allows the fertile ambiguities that Grass and Heinrich Böll planted so adroitly a generation ago to water the guilt and obsession of this particular...family."-- Los Angeles Times Book Review

From the Back Cover

Editorial reviews may belong to another edition of this title.
 

Lost: A Novel: Search Results

1.

Treichel, Hans-Ulrich
ISBN 10: 0375706224
ISBN 13: 9780375706226
Bookseller: Paperbackshop-US (Secaucus, NJ, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: > 20

Book Description: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US. Bookseller Inventory # VR-9780375706226

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 7.12
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
2.

Treichel, Hans-Ulrich
ISBN 10: 0375706224
ISBN 13: 9780375706226
Bookseller: INDOO (Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: > 20

Book Description: Random House. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0375706224

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 7.62
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
3.

Treichel, Hans-Ulrich
ISBN 10: 0375706224
ISBN 13: 9780375706226
Bookseller: The Book Depository US (Gloucester, ., United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Random House USA Inc, United States, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 198 x 130 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. Lost is a novel set in postwar Germany. It tells the story of a family looking for a lost son, via the Youth service. The search is very unsettling and comes to a devastating conclusion, when perhaps the missing child has been found. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780375706226

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 11.28
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
4.

Treichel, Hans-Ulrich
ISBN 10: 0375706224
ISBN 13: 9780375706226
Bookseller: Nataraj Books, Inc. (Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: > 20

Book Description: Vintage. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0375706224 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI210882260

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 8.55
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
5.

Treichel, Hans-Ulrich
ISBN 10: 0375706224
ISBN 13: 9780375706226
Bookseller: The Book Depository (Gloucester, UK, United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Random House USA Inc, United States, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 198 x 130 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. Lost is a novel set in postwar Germany. It tells the story of a family looking for a lost son, via the Youth service. The search is very unsettling and comes to a devastating conclusion, when perhaps the missing child has been found. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780375706226

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 13.11
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
6.

Treichel, Hans-Ulrich
ISBN 10: 0375706224
ISBN 13: 9780375706226
Bookseller: BargainBookStores (Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 1153437

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 10.99
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
7.

Treichel, Hans-Ulrich
ISBN 10: 0375706224
ISBN 13: 9780375706226
Bookseller: ExtremelyReliable (Richmond, TX, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Vintage. Paperback. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0375706224

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 12.71
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
8.

Treichel, Hans-Ulrich
ISBN 10: 0375706224
ISBN 13: 9780375706226
Bookseller: Grand Eagle Retail (Romulus, MI, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Paperback. Book Condition: New. 133mm x 11mm x 203mm. Paperback. Not since The Reader has a work of fiction so stunningly evoked the guilt and shame that resounds in postwar Germany. In this debut novel of astonishing originality, we bear witness to a .Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 144 pages. 0.177. Bookseller Inventory # 9780375706226

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 17.12
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
9.

Treichel, Hans-Ulrich
ISBN 10: 0375706224
ISBN 13: 9780375706226
Bookseller: BuySomeBooks (Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 3

Book Description: Vintage Books. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. 144 pages. Not since The Reader has a work of fiction so stunningly evoked the guilt and shame that resounds in postwar Germany. In this debut novel of astonishing originality, we bear witness to a family ravaged with regret at the loss of their child. As a young boy, the narrator learns that his parents lost their firstborn son while fleeing the advancing Russian Army in 1945. Though his family has comfortably settled in Westphalen, the memory of Arnold continues to haunt them. The narrator shares his parents anguish, but he cant resist feeling resentful, for his brothers absence is the most defining aspect of his life. When his parents learn of a foundling that resembles Arnold, they embark on a horrific quest to claim him as their own, only to endure a series of unanticipated twists that lead to a startling denouement. At turns uncanny, subtle, and perversely amusing, Lost is a chilling novel of mesmerizing power. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN, Momence,IL, Commerce,GA. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9780375706226

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 14.66
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.50
Within U.S.A.
10.

Treichel, Hans-Ulrich
ISBN 10: 0375706224
ISBN 13: 9780375706226
Bookseller: Castle Rock (Amherst, NS, Canada)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New * All orders are processed and shipped from Las Vegas, NV USA *. Bookseller Inventory # 97803757062261.0

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 16.34
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
From Canada to U.S.A.
View All Listings for this Book