In the difficult times of  #Brexit, writers from other European cultures bring perspective to borders and minorities. In her novel, The Angel of Oblivion Maja Haderlap explores some of the history of the Slovenian minority in Carinthia. Tensions around minority language and culture in German-speaking Austria are implicit in Maja’s novel written in German. Her characters remind us of the memory mines of the past lurking in consciousness and ready to explode unexpectedly. The character of the grandmother who was imprisoned in Ravensbrueck concentration camp near Berlin reminds me of the research for my novel Bone and Blood: A Berlin novel.

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