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The Giraffe's Neck (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 12/03/2015
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Longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015 Adaption is everything, something Frau Lohmark is well aware of as the biology teacher at the Charles Darwin High School in a country backwater of the former East Germany. A strict devotee of Darwin's evolution principle, Lohmark views education as survival of the fittest: classifying her pupils as biological specimens and scorning her colleagues for indulging in `favourites'. However, as people move West in search of work and opportunities, the school's future is in jeopardy and the Lohmark is forced to face her most fundamental lesson: she must adapt or she cannot survive.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408837795
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 189 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Remarkable" is too small a word. It is very funny, desperately sad and real, and ultimately, shocking * Eileen Battersby, Irish Times *
An unusual, distinctive novel that informs as well as entertains * Independent *
A beautiful novel spotted with wondrous sketches * New Statesman *
A relentless and darkly humorous internal monologue that links ideas in evolutionary biology and genetics to socialist and capitalist notions of progress * New Yorker *
A subtle, understated book, tension, emotion and dark humour bubbling under the surface, with a melancholic air of retrospection * Big Issue *
Beyond the agony, Mike Leigh-style, there's deep, dark laughter here * Independent *

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