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THE PEGNITZ JUNCTION

Mavis Gallant.

Toronto, Gage Publishing, c1963, 1982.
193pp, paper, $7.95.
ISBN 0-7715-9709-6.


Grades 12 and up.
Reviewed by Joan Kerrigan.

Volume 10 Number 4.
1982 November.


Originally published in 1973, The Pegnitz Junction contains a novella and five short stories. The underlying theme is the experiences of Germans shortly after World War II.

The Pegnitz Junction is the novella in which a number of characters drift in and out of the story during a train ride to the Pegnitz Junction. At this place there is "an infinity of tracks meeting, merging, and sliding away"ójust as the characters themselves do. It is a clever stylistic technique, worthy of Mavis Gallant's talent.

The short stories are also excellent, but the overwhelming mood is one of near despair, inevitable for a country that has endured the agony of war and defeat.

Macmillan is to be congratulated for the re-issue of this fine collection and also Fiction for the dramatic cover for a worthy addition to the Laurentian Library series. Recommended.


Joan Kerrigan, Toronto, Board of Education, Toronto, ON.
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