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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. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Olaf Georg Klein's "Aftertime" in a felicitous English translation. Apocalypse Now. "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). An absolute "must-have" title for Georg Olaf Klein collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (American) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. One of the finest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN 0810115042. $20.00

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