End of the World in Breslau
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The city of Breslau, which was the atmospheric heart of the first of Marek Krajewski’s novels in English, Death in Breslau, is as a Georg Grosz backcloth to the second of Criminal Counsellor Eberhard Mock’s investigations into a series of seemingly unrelated murders in the late 1920s. While Mock searches for the key to the mystery which afflicts his department in records of crimes committed in the past, his young wife, neglected by his obsessive work, falls among perverse and shocking companions and into contact with a sect that preaches the imminent end of the world. Krajewski’s novels are as original as they are disturbing.
As noir as they get. Steeped in a rank air of cynicism and fear … this complex and atmospheric thriller will find many fans – Independent.
The city of Breslau is as much a character in this thriller as the parade of gothic loons that inhabit it … This addictive soup has an air of the burlesque about it – Daily Telegraph.
A stylish, intelligent and original addition to the canon – Financial Times.
Krajewski carved out a new niche, Polish noir. And what a neat niche it is: sweaty with decadent aristocrats, fleshy with prostitutes and pimps and corpulent with corpses … a bawdy, black-humoured and a unique police tale’ RTE Guide.
The Polish author Marek Krajewski sets readers a knotty challenge in his rich and idiosyncratic Breslau novels. Atmosphere and piquant period detail saturate the pages, and push these books into the upper echelons of literary crime. Krajewski’s lacerating narrative, as before, performs the key function of the skilful novelist: providing an entre into a world far from our own’ Independent.
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