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Strange Traffic (1995) [Collection]
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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
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

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Strange Traffic (1995)
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Language: English

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Strange Traffic (1997)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
ISBN: 0805041737
Pages: 256

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