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The standardization of demoralization procedures / Jennifer Hofmann.

Hofmann, Jennifer, (author.).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Crookston Public Library HOF (Text) 33500013284997 New Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library HOF (Text) 33500013285002 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316426459
  • ISBN: 0316426458
  • Physical Description: 261 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.

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Summary, etc.:
"On November 9, 1989, Bernd Zeiger, a Stasi officer in the twilight of his career, is deteriorating from a mysterious illness. Alarmed by the disappearance of Lara, a young waitress at his regular café with whom he is obsessed, he chases a series of clues throughout Berlin. The details of Lara's vanishing trigger flashbacks to his entanglement with Johannes Held, a physicist who, twenty-five years earlier, infiltrated an American research institute dedicated to weaponizing the paranormal. Now, on the day the Berlin Wall falls and Zeiger's mind begins to crumble, his past transgressions have come back to haunt him. Who is the real Lara, what happened to her, and what is her connection to these events? As the surveiller becomes the surveilled, the mystery is both solved and deepened, with unexpected consequences"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 July #1
    A Stasi agent searches for a missing woman only to be ensnared by the secrets of his dubious past in this seriocomic riff on a Cold War spy novel. Bernd Zeiger made a name for himself by authoring a celebrated interrogation-protocol manual. But now that his health is declining, he builds his days around the office cafeteria menu and plots to report his neighbor for suspicious activity. In a moment of tenderness, he unburdens himself to Lara, a young waitress, about his long-ago involvement with a scientist who worked with the Americans on teleportation technologies. Soon after, she disappears. Meanwhile, the German Democratic Republic is crumbling, and the Stasi's Hermeneutics Department bickers over pop-song lyrics. Hofmann's debut narrative progresses to a Berlin mental institution, and into the Arizona desert, where orphaned Mexican children are involved in ominous paranormal experiments. Despite noirish trappings and some clever plot reversals, Hofmann's novel is noteworthy not for its riff on the espionage-thriller genre, but for using a surreal historical moment to explore broader points about the collapse of ideals and the corrosiveness of secrecy. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jennifer Hofmann was born in Princeton, New Jersey, to an Austrian father and a Colombian mother, and grew up in Germany. She received her MFA from NYU and currently lives in Berlin. This is her first novel.

Subject: Germany (East). Ministerium für Staatssicherheit > Officials and employees > Fiction.
Missing persons > Investigation > Fiction.
Waitresses > Fiction.
Memory > Fiction.
Sick > Fiction.
Secrecy > Fiction.
Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989 > Fiction.
Science > Experiments > Fiction.
Berlin (Germany) > Fiction.
Germany (East) > Fiction.
Genre: Thrillers (Fiction)
Spy stories.
Spy fiction.

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