Friday, October 31, 2008

Name a prize, win a prize: "The Spoke" – Now with a new, improved question!

Friedrich Glauser was one of the best and most distinctive crime writers ever: low-key, compassionate, witty, deadpan. Publishing this great Swiss author's work in English is Bitter Lemon Press' highest accomplishment and one that warrants the gratitude of crime readers everywhere. Now you can win one of his books and see what the fuss is about, if you haven't done so already.

Here's part of what I wrote about The Spoke, the fifth and, alas, final of Glauser's five novels about the stolid, humorous, empathetic Sgt. Studer to be translated:

"The delightful, sometimes low humor from the other four Studer books is here, as is the tender, almost heartbreaking empathy with downtrodden characters that was especially strong in The Chinaman and In Matto's Realm. The scorn for the predator/villains is especially righteous in this novel, and the denouement is especially merry. Troubled though he may have been, I suspect that Friedrich Glauser must always have been capable of a wry grin."
It appears that my original question was phrased ambiguously (Oh, hell, who am I kidding? It was a bad question.) So, with apologies to several of you who sent in answers, here is a new question:

The German Crime Writers’ Association, or Das Syndikat, awards one of the top prizes for German-language crime fiction. Name this prize.

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The winner is: A reader from Colorado was the first with the correct answer that Das Syndikat awards the Friedrich-Glauser-Preis each year for the best German-language crime fiction. Congratulations, enjoy The Spoke, and when you're done with it, read the rest of Glauser.

© Peter Rozovsky 2008

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2 Comments:

Blogger petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Off point, Peter. Just saw the videos on the rioting in Philly after the World Series win. I'm not even shocked. Good or bad? Such behavior at sports events has become so commonplace. Sad.

October 31, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Almost nothing is off point here. I don't know where you saw the videos, but I posted some here along with some stills. One of the auto overturnings happened right outside the front door of the building where I work. You can follow a discussion of this unpleasant subject at that link as well.

October 31, 2008  

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