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The Pegnitz Junction by Mavis Gallant

Pegnitz

The Pegnitz Junction depicts the lives of ordinary people swept up in the upheaval and displacement that followed in the wake of the Second World War. A woman prepares for what promises to be another disastrous Christmas with her mother, her aunt, and her would-be war-hero uncle. A woman travels to Paris with her older lover and his young son. A wife recollects her complicated relationship with the refugee woman who had an affair with her husband. Small mercies form the backbone of a friendship between an actress and a police commissioner. A career soldier, now discharged and stranded in France, makes his first adjustments to life as a civilian. In these stories, Mavis Gallant distils the vanities, absurdities, and contradictions that lie at the heart of human behaviour and fashions stories of rare power and insight.

English

Fiction

Random House

1973

208

softcover