Originally published in 1962, Franz Fuhmann's autobiographical story cycle "The Jew Car" is a classic of German short fiction and an unparalleled examination of the psychology of National Socialism. Each story presents a snapshot of a personal and historical turning point in the life of the narrator, beginning with childhood anti-Semitism and moving to a youthful embrace - and an ultimate rejection - of Nazi ideology. With scathing irony and hallucinatory intensity, reflections on the nature of memory, and the individual experience of history, the cycle acquires the weight of a novel.
Franz Fuhmann (1922-84) is one of modern Germany's most fascinating literary figures, and the author of dozens of novels, short stories, essays, poems, ballets, and children's books. Isabel Fargo Cole's translations include Hermann Ungar's Boys and Murderers and Annemarie Schwarzenbach's All the Roads Are Open.