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Comedy in a Minor Key by Hans Keilson.. Grotesque and fascinating, this study of a WWII hideaway who dies in hiding while in the care of a Dutch couple is tough and brilliant. A classic of Holocaust lit that reads a little like an Escher staircase.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"A brisk, engaging work of Holocaust literature that deserves to be better known."


"This first-ever English translation of Keilson's gripping 1947 novel about a Dutch couple hiding a Jewish perfume merchant in their home during WWII marks a welcome reintroduction to the author's unfortunately obscure oeuvre."

Publisher’s Weekly

Author bio: Hans Alex Keilson (pronounced /hɑns kɛilsɔn/; 12 December 1909 – 31 May 2011) was a Jewish German/Dutch novelist, poet, psychoanalyst, and child psychologist. He was best known for his novels set during the Second World War, during which he was an active member of the Dutch resistance. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (144 pp. Searing: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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