The Excursion of the Dead Young Girls is a collection of four stories of Nazi Germany which examine what happens when a country goes mad and what it means to be in exile. The extraordinary title story, perhaps the strongest piece of fiction written during the Nazi years by "one of the most important German writers of the twentieth century", is the story of a young German woman in exile in Mexico. The narrator and her family have escaped the Nazis and are trying to create a home in a new land. One day, she hears the name she was called at school in Germany. She turns to see her old schoolmates. She knows that they are all dead (tortured and murdered by Nazis) but friendship has brought them to her, even in death. Ably translated by Alberto Manguel, these are four memorable stories written by Anna Seghers (1900-1983) a survivor of the Nazi persecution who went on to become an award winning writer. -- Midwest Book Review
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