Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in the Guardian
Reunion is a little-known but perfect novel with fans including Ian McEwan, John Boyne, Deborah Moggach, David Nicholls, Meg Rosoff and Sarah Perry.
On a grey afternoon in 1932, a Stuttgart classroom is stirred by the arrival of a newcomer. Middle-class Hans is intrigued by the aristocratic new boy, Konradin, and before long they become best friends. It's a friendship of the greatest kind, of shared interests and long conversations, of hikes in the German hills and growing up together. But the boys live in a changing Germany. Powerful, delicate and daring, Reunion is a story of the fragility, and strength, of the bonds between friends.
'I loved Reunion and found it very moving' John Boyne
WITH AN AFTERWORD BY RACHEL SEIFFERT
Fred Uhlman, born in Stuttgart in 1901, claimed that his South-West German homeland of Wurttemberg, made him a 'romantic' for life and formed the essence of his sensibilities as a poet. Understandable since it was also the home of Schiller, Hoelderlin, Moerike, Weiland, Uhland, Schlegel, Hegel, Schelling and Herman Hesse. Uhlman's name is not out of place among these, and the beauty of that birthplace illuminates every line of his stunning fictional memoir Reunion. He died in 1985.