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A late flowering, Peter Russell

Karl Wolfskehl: Three Worlds / Drei Welten: Selected Poems: German and English Friedrich Voit (ed), Andrew Paul Wood (trans) Cold Hub Press, $45.00, ISBN 9780473358679 This book is a triumph: a triumph of the translator’s art, and a triumph in…
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Between dream and dread, Peter Russell

Under New Stars: Poems of the New Zealand Exile: German and English, Friedrich Voit (ed), Andrew Paul Wood, Margot Ruben, Dean and Renate Koch (trans)  Karl Wolfskehl  The Holloway Press, $290.00,  ISBN 978086461828  This book will be welcomed by those…
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Snorts and foamings, Peter Russell

Q and Eh: Questions and Answers on Language with a Kiwi Twist Laurie Bauer, Dianne Bardsley, Janet Holmes and Paul Warren Random House, $39.99, ISBN 9781869793432   This book by four professional linguists at Victoria University aims to explain aspects…
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Rescued by music, Peter Russell

The Violinist: Clare Galambos Winter, Holocaust Survivor Sarah Gaitanos Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780864736451   This book is gripping, valuable and humbling. Gripping, because although it adds to a mountain of reports and memoirs of survivors of Auschwitz, it…
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History with holes, Peter Russell

Promised New Zealand: Fleeing Nazi Persecution Freya Klier, translated by Jenny Rawlings Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781877372766   Born in East Germany in 1950, Freya Klier is a German filmmaker and author with a history of civil rights activism,…
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Reading the score, Peter Russell

Facing the Music: Charles Baeyertz and the Triad Joanna Woods Otago University Press, $45.00,  ISBN 9781877372551 Charles Nalder Baeyertz was born in Melbourne in 1866, his surname inherited from a German who came to England in the 18th century –…
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In the beginning, Peter Russell

Peter Russell looks at his childhood reading through the eyes of Ovid. At the time when the story opens, a little boy named Maui … was playing on the sea-shore. He was so happy, picking up shells and watching the…
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A troubled solitary, Peter Russell

Douglas Lilburn: His Life and Music Philip Norman Canterbury University Press, $55.00, ISBN 1877257176 What serious music-lover can imagine the world without Bach? Yet we might easily not have had him. For Johann Sebastian was the last of eight children,…
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“They all knew”, Peter Russell

Strawberries with the Führer Helga Tiscenko Shoal Bay Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877251038   The first chapters of Helga Tiscenko’s memoir of her life are in large part a tale of the ordinary. Her childhood with her younger sister Sigrid in…
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