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Boehm, Philip

Works: 36 works in 165 publications in 2 languages and 8,160 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Novels  Records and correspondence  Personal narratives‡vGerman  History  Political fiction  Historical fiction  Biography  Novelizations  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Translator, Other, Author
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Philip Boehm
A woman in Berlin : eight weeks in the conquered city : a diary by Anonymous( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and held by 1,648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Friday, 11 pm, by the light of an oil lamp, my notebook on my knees. Around 10 pm there was a series of bombs. The siren started right in screaming. Apparently it has to be worked by hand now. No light. Running downstairs in the dark, we slip and stumble. Finally we're in our cellar, behind an iron door that weighs a hundred pounds. The official term is air-raid shelter. We call it cave, underworld, catacomb of fear
The hunger angel : a novel by Herta Müller( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

January 1945, the war is not yet over : the Soviets begin the deportation of the German minority from the labor camps in Ukraine. This is the story of seventeen year old Leo Auberge, who went to the camp with the naive unawareness of the boy eager to escape provincial life. The last five years however he experienced daily hunger and cold, extreme fatigue and death
The appointment : a novel by Herta Müller( Book )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the winner of the IMPAC Award and the Nobel Prize, a fierce novel about a young Romanian woman's discovery of betrayal in the most intimate reaches of her life "I've been summoned. Thursday, ten sharp." Thus begins one day in the life of a young clothing-factory worker during Ceaucescu's totalitarian regime. She has been questioned before; this time, she believes, will be worse. Her crime' Sewing notes into the linings of men's suits bound for Italy. "Marry me," the notes say, with her name and address. Anything to get out of the country. As she rides the tram to her interrogation, her thoughts stray to her friend Lilli, shot trying to flee to Hungary, to her grandparents, deported after her first husband informed on them, to Major Albu, her interrogator, who begins each session with a wet kiss on her fingers, and to Paul, her lover, her one source of trust, despite his constant drunkenness. In her distraction, she misses her stop to find herself on an unfamiliar street. And what she discovers there makes her fear of the appointment pale by comparison. Herta MUller pitilessly renders the humiliating terrors of a crushing regime. Bone-spare and intense, The Appointment confirms her standing as one of Europe's greatest writers
The fox was ever the hunter : a novel by Herta Müller( Book )

9 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and German and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An early masterpiece from the winner of the Nobel Prize hailed as the laureate of life under totalitarianism. Romania--the last months of the Ceausescu regime. Adina is a young schoolteacher. Paul is a musician. Clara works in a wire factory. Pavel is Clara's lover. But one of them works for the secret police and is reporting on all of the group. One day Adina returns home to discover that her fox fur rug has had its tail cut off. On another occasion it's the hindleg. Then a foreleg. The mutilated fur is a sign that she is being tracked by the secret police--the fox was ever the hunter. Images of photographic precision combine into a kaleidoscope of terror as Adina and her friends struggle to keep mind and body intact in a world pervaded by complicity and permeated with fear, where it's hard to tell victim from perpetrator. In The Fox Was Always a Hunter, Herta Müller once again uses language that displays the "concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose"--As the Swedish Academy noted upon awarding her the Nobel Prize--to create a hauntingly cinematic portrayal of the corruption of the soul under totalitarianism"--
Damascus nights by Rafik Schami( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Upon this enchanting frame of tales told in the fragrant Arabian night, Rafik Schami weaves a strikingly original, sophisticated, and contemporary novel. For this is Damascus, 1959: the words of the past are growing fainter; ancient customs are yielding to modern turmoil. As the hairdresser, the teacher, the wife of the locksmith sip their tea and pass the waterpipe, they trade stories not just about djinns and princesses but also about some unlovely trends in Middle Eastern politics and the insurmountable difficulties of bargaining in a New York department store. And as one tale leads to another ... and another ... all of Damascus appears before our eyes, along with a vision of storytelling - and talk - as the essence of friendship, of community, of life
Settlement : a novel by Christoph Hein( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provincial Guldenberg is still reeling from World War II when a flood of German refugees arrives from the east, Bernhard Haber's family among them. Life is hard enough--Bernhard's father has lost an arm and his carpenter's income. But added to this injury comes an accumulation of insults, as the upright town turns hostile toward the newcomers. After a string of mysterious losses--from the killing of the boy's dog to the unexplained death of his father--Bernhard is set on extracting revenge
Chasing the king of hearts by Hanna Krall( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This canonical work of Polish reportage is a terse, unexpected human lesson born of an occupation-era love story. Based on a true story, the raw interplay of history and fictionalization spans the Warsaw Ghetto, the war-torn countryside, and the nightmare of Auschwitz. This is the book's first US publication. Hanna Krall was born in 1935 in Poland and survived the Holocaust by hiding in a cupboard. She has received numerous Polish and international awards, such as the Polish PEN Club Prize and the German Wurth Preis for European Literature 2012, and has been translated into seventeen languages"--
Letters to Milena by Franz Kafka( Book )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In no other work does Franz Kafka reeal himself as in Letters to Milena, which begins as a business correspondence but soon develops into a passionate but doomed epistolary love affair. Kafka's Czech translator, Milena Jesenska was a gifted and charismatic twenty-three-year-old who was uniquely able to recognize Kafka's complex genius and his even more complex character. For the thrity-six-year-old Kafka, she was "a living fire, such as I have never seen." It was to Milena that he revealed his most intimate self and, eventually, entrusted his diaries for safekeeping. "The voice of Kafka in Letters to Milena is more personal, more pure, and more painful than in his fiction: a testimony to human existence and to our eternal wait for the impossible. A marvelous new edition of a classic text." 'Jan Kott
Death in Danzig by Stefan Chwin( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Germans flee the besieged city of Danzig in 1945, Poles driven out of eastern regions by the Russians move into the homes hastily abandoned by their previous inhabitants. The novel is a moving portrait of people in transition - between old and new, life and death
The flower ball by Sigrid Laube( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Even though they are not invited, Cauliflower and Carrot decide to attend the Flower Ball
An ermine in Czernopol by Gregor von Rezzori( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set just after World War I, An Ermine in Czernopol centers on the tragicomic fate of Tildy, an erstwhile officer in the army of the now-defunct Austro-Hungarian Empire, determined to defend the virtue of his cheating wife at any cost. Rezzori surrounds Tildy with a host of fantastic characters, engaging us in a kaleidoscopic experience of a city where nothing is as it appears--a city of discordant voices, of wild ugliness and heartbreaking disappointment, in which, however, 'laughter was everywhere, part of the air we breathed, a crackling tension in the atmosphere, always ready to erupt in showers of sparks or discharge itself in thunderous peals.'"--Page 4 of cover
Willenbrock : Roman by Christoph Hein( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and German and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Only recently freed from communism, an East German businessman enjoys the delights of capitalism as a used car dealer, until a string of seemingly unrelated accidents begins to cause his new life to unravel
The Lamentations of Zeno by Ilija Trojanow( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bavarian glaciologist Zeno Hintermeier is taking his last voyage to the Antarctic as a lecturer on board an international cruise ship. He attends to the curiosity of a privileged few as they marvel at the least explored continent and pay witness to its rapid degradation. In his early sixties, Zeno mourns the loss of his beloved glaciers, the disintegration of his loveless marriage, and the crumbling of his increasingly irrelevant career (he compares giving lectures on glaciers to "teaching veterinarians who had specialized in the subject of dinosaurs.") The desperate Zeno hatches a horrifying plan, and driven to the brink, he is convinced that his only option is to shake his fellow passengers out of their complacency and send a wake-up call to the world. With poignant, playful prose, The Lamentations of Zeno is a portrait of a man in extremis, a haunting tale that looks at the greatest challenge of our age from a uniquely human angle"--
Ein Regenschirm für diesen Tag : Roman by Wilhelm Genazino( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This brief and poignant novel by Wilhelm Genazino explores existential questions as its 46-year-old narrator reflects on broken relationships and other failures and struggles to come to terms with life." "Employed by a high-end shoe manufacturer to test new products, the narrator spends his days wandering through his native city, encountering faces from his past (many of them female) and reflecting on the mystery of life. In the grand tradition of literary flaneurs, he assembles his surroundings, from the significant to the mundane, into a sort of mental collage that is at once self-portrait and cityscape."--Jacket
A woman in Berlin : diary 20 April 1945 to 22 June 1945( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Begun on the day when Berlin first saw the face of war until 22nd June 1945, the anonymous author describes life within the falling city as it was sacked by the Russian Army. This is an astonishing and deeply affecting account of a woman fighting for survival amidst the horror and inhumanity of war
Loose screws : nine new plays from Poland( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tango player by Christoph Hein( Book )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leipzig 1968: Der Historiker Dallow wird nach 21 Monaten Haft aus dem Gefängnis entlassen. Sein Vergehen: Er war als Klavierspieler in einem Studentenkabarett eingesprungen, und der Text, den er mit einem Tango begleiten sollte, hatte Anstoß erregt. "Vergiß die dumme Geschichte", wird ihm nun geraten. Dallow vergisst nicht, aber er ist gefühllos geworden und wie gelähmt. Selbst das Eingeständnis seiner Umwelt, dass ihm Unrecht geschehen ist, lässt ihn gleichgültig, zumal seine immer dringlicher werdende Suche nach Arbeit erfolglos zu bleiben scheint
Malina : a novel by Ingeborg Bachmann( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Malina, tells the story of the triangle that forms between herself, the shadowy Malina, and Ivan, the man with whom she is involved. Plunging toward its riveting finale, Malina lays bare the struggle for love and the limits of discourse between women and men. A masterpiece of contemporary fiction, Malina has been translated into ten languages
The fox was ever the hunter : a novel by Herta Müller( )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Nobel prize winning author, Herta Muller, comes a story of a story of Romania in the last months of the Ceausescu regime. Adina is a young schoolteacher. Paul is a musician. Clara works in a wire factory. Pavel is Clara's lover. But one of them works for the secret police and is reporting on all of the group
Couplings by Peter Schneider( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A trio of couples test the validity of a treatise by one of their group, a molecular biologist. The treatise is that a love relationship in Berlin has a life expectancy of only three years, 167 days and two hours. A witty look at love by the author of the non-fiction, The German Comedy
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A woman in Berlin : eight weeks in the conquered city : a diary
The appointment : a novelDamascus nightsSettlement : a novelLetters to MilenaDeath in DanzigThe flower ballAn ermine in CzernopolWillenbrock : Roman
Alternative Names
Philip Boehm American playwright

Philip Boehm Amerikaans vertaler

Philip Boehm dramaturgo estadounidense

Philip Boehm US-amerikanischer Übersetzer

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