|Strange Traffic (1995) [Collection]|
by Irene Dische
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(From the publisher):
The stories of Irene Dische deal in the emotional contraband people inadvertently smuggle - guilt, love, loyalty, deceit, disappointment: A staid and affluent American Jew returns to Germany to claim an ambiguous patrimony. A homosexual restaurateur gets the chance to cook another meal for his first lover. Ghosts haunt the New York apartment of a retired Viennese scientist whose past has been obscured by time and self-delusion. With biting humor, Dische recounts the small tragedies of people condemned by the vagaries of modern existence to a restless mobility: the Polish maid in Berlin; the Irish nanny in New York; the American hippie in Tripoli; the East German defector born in Mongolia, bred in Shanghai, and with mistresses and bank accounts in three countries. Defectors, tourists, refugees - wishful travelers all - expect freedom and change to lift their spirits, only to stumble under the weight of nostalgia. But what they miss are not the predictable objects of consolation - the gold wedding ring, the fading love letter, the home left behind - but their lifelong habits of paranoia.
- A Prior Engagement
- An Innocent Vacation
- Portrait of a Defection
- The Passion of Nanny Jackie
- My Most Memorable Character
- The Smuggled Wedding Ring
- The Doctor Needs a Home
- Mr. Lustgarten Falls in Love
- Letters from a Father
- An Aesthetic Compromise of Small Importance
- Strange Traffic
Original title: Strange Traffic
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
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