Feb 15, 2012 — Under the impending threat of Nazi invasion, a tiny Jewish town in 1939 Austria decides to reinvent its past. Ramona Ausubel's debut novel, No One Is Here Except All of Us, contains echoes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Land of Green Plums by Herta Muller and Michael Hofmann. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Druggist of Auschwitz: A Documentary Novel by Dieter Schlesak and John Hargraves. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 12, 2011 — Dieter Schlesak's "documentary novel," translated from German, puts Auschwitz's pharmacist on trial. The book employs interviews with concentration camp survivors, letters and camp records, and testimony and evidence from the druggist's actual trial, which took place in the 1960s.
Nov 23, 2010 — In fiction, Herta Mueller, winner of 2009's literature Nobel, writes poetically about life under totalitarianism, and Elizabeth Berg crafts an entertaining account of a 40th high school reunion. In nonfiction — John Adams' letters, America's tacky Christmas traditions, and the sequel to Stuff White People Like.
Mar 23, 2010 — When Paula Butturini's husband was shot, he almost died of his injuries. But physical wounds turned into deep psychological scars. Butturini talks to Linda Wertheimer about her memoir, Keeping the Feast, and how food helped set the stage for recovery.
Oct 8, 2009 — Herta Mueller, a member of Romania's ethnic German minority who was persecuted for her critical depictions of life behind the Iron Curtain, began writing as a young intellectual under the regime of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.