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Klein, Olaf Georg (Translated by Margot Bettauer Dembo). AFTERTIME. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 115 pages. As New/As New.

The author's first novel to be translated into English. One of the finest literary works of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "In Klein's haunting account of a life destroyed by the aftermath of nuclear disaster, a young German woman studying in the USSR is exposed to radiation when a nearby nuclear reactor explodes, contaminating Kiev and its surroundings. Forced to take an oath of silence by Soviet officials who recommend she wait several years before having children, the young woman returns to Germany, where she is reunited with her high-school sweetheart. After she becomes pregnant and miscarries, however, she is gripped by an obsession to carry a baby to term to prove to herself that she was not affected by radiation exposure. Eventually, unable to avoid a second miscarriage, she attempts suicide rather than face the looming specter of slow, painful death. Alternately hopeful and bitter, 'Aftertime' delves convincingly into the psyche of a woman clinging desperately to denial. Klein's nameless heroine movingly recounts her effort to hold back the horrible fate that circumstances have decreed for her" (Publisher's blurb). A masterpiece, this is a "must-have" title for Georg Olaf Klein collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for some time and is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First English-language Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. One of the finest writers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. . ISBN 0810115042. $20.00

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