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Landscape in Concrete (1963) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Sergeant Gauthier Bachmann is the perfect Nazi soldier. But after a horrifying defeat at Voroshenko, where most of his Eighth Hessian Infantry Regiment was slaughtered in a single instant, Bachmann was declared mentally unfit to serve. Incapable of accepting this judgment, and of returning to his girlfriend and a quiet life as a gold- and silversmith, Bachmann wanders the war-ravaged countryside, trying to find a way to rejoin his regiment, or any regiment, and return to the front.

While trying to find his regiment and come to terms with the horrors he has seen and committed, the increasingly unstable Bachmann is manipulated by a series of figures from the underbelly of war’s underbelly—deserters and collaborators, corrupt officers and sexual predators—who induce him to carry out their venal missions, which they’ve justified against the background of institutionalized murder going on all around them.

Original title: Landschaft in Beton
Original languages: German


Genre: FictionHistoricalWorld War II

Edition #1: Landscape in Concrete

Landscape in Concrete (1966)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Ralph Manheim
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Landscape in Concrete (March 30, 2009)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Open Letter Books
ISBN: 9781934824146
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.6 in
Pages: 190

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