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THE BENEFICIARY - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

Konig, Barbara (Translated by Roslyn Theobald)

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ISBN 10: 0810111055 / ISBN 13: 9780810111059
Published by Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1993
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1st Printing. 116 pages. Published in 1993. The author's first novel to be translated into English. One of the finest literary works of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Barbara Konig's "The Beneficiary" in a felicitous English translation. Widely acknowledged to be her masterpiece. "Have you been able to exist for 35 years knowing that you aren't really living your own life but someone else's? That's the real question in German writer Konig's thought-provoking novel. Toward the end of the Second World War, a man named Mommsen, an unwilling accomplice in a plot to blow up a bridge, was condemned to be executed. Unbeknownst to him, another prisoner, a chaplain, takes his place in front of the firing squad. Now 35 years later, the chaplain's sacrifice is being memorialized, and reporters, citizens, and even Mommsen's wife want to know: Was it worth it? But Mommsen, busy building the success of his real-estate firm, never gave much thought at all to the chaplain's sacrifice, having seen himself less as a beneficiary than as the man who made another man a hero. Mommsen does eventually do his share of soul-searching but Konig has an ironic touch, neatly steering her terse, episodic narrative away from the maudlin and the simplistic. Readers willing to spend a little time and effort thinking about what makes a life worthwhile will be intrigued" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Barbara Konig collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the finest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BARBARA KONIG TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0810111055. Bookseller Inventory # 4226

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Title: THE BENEFICIARY - Scarce Pristine Copy of ...

Publisher: Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Herr Mommsen's life was spared thirty-five years ago during World War II when a priest voluntarily took his place before a firing squad. Now, when the incident is suddenly revealed, he finds himself bombarded with questions about how it felt to be the beneficiary of such a sacrifice. Barbara König's delicate novel reveals what happens when the unremarkable Mommsen is forced to examine his ordinary existence in the context of this extraordinary event.

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How have you been able to exist for thirty-five years knowing that you aren't really living your own life, but someone else's? Mommsen's life was spared thirty-five years ago in World War II when a priest voluntarily took his place before a military firing squad. Now, at a commemoration of the incident, he finds himself bombarded with questions from journalists and others about "how it felt" to be the beneficiary of this sacrifice and about the difference it has made to his life. Barbara Konig's delicately ironic novel reveals what happens when the unremarkable Mommsen, who has never considered these issues or his life very closely, is forced to examine his ordinary existence in the context of this extraordinary event. You didn't ask why, you just let it happen? The priest's act of pure altruism has left Mommsen selfless as well; his passivity in the face of the priest's sacrifice has informed his entire life. His fulfilling career, loving wife, comfortable home suddenly seem as random and arbitrary, as inexplicable as the priest's act: "Still he cannot seem to discover a chronology in the course of his life". And if Chaplain Schorr were suddenly standing in front of you and asked: I gave you thirty-five years and what have done with them? How would you answer him? Searching for answers to these new and increasingly compelling questions, Mommsen loses interest in his work and grows alienated from his wife of twenty-two years as he struggles to comprehend the meaning of the priest's sacrifice, the burden of his role as beneficiary, and the significance of both their lives.

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