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Watch for the story 'Evangeline, or Theories of Childhood Development', upcoming in The Iowa Review.


Kai's full-length play, Paul and Emile, had a first staged reading in February 2018 at Moving Parts Theater, Paris. Contact for further scheduling and information. A ten-minute radio play, Consume by... will be recorded at the same venue on April 22.


Read irregular posts on politics, art, and everyday life from a Euro-perspective at


New stories, essays and poetry translations have appeared recently in the journals Epiphany, Consequence, Agni and Southwest Review.



About Broken Ground

"I have read [Broken Ground] with the greatest admiration. It seems to me extraordinary... a significant contribution to the literature of contemporary Germany."

John Coetzee

Hardcover: 320 pages ; Shoemaker & Hoard; (October 2003); ISBN: 1593760051


Kaethe Schalk was born out of a love affair between an American soldier turned communist sympathizer and a German refugee. Raised by her grandparents, she eventually reunited with her father, a rising bureaucrat in East Germany, and she, too, joined the cause. Upon her later defection to West Berlin, she married into an old but impoverished aristocratic family. As she observed the turmoil of postwar German partition, the protests of the 1960s, the building of the Berlin wall and its eventual destruction, and German unification, she also attempted to raise a family. Now, living an isolated life on the New England farm of her girlhood, she returns to Berlin to seek her daughter, who has gone missing. While she roams, astonished, through the dark underbelly of a newly whole and prosperous Berlin, she is also haunted by her own history. The prose is stupendous as Maristed's entangled layers of plot allow a look at modern Berlin through the eyes of its turbulent past.

Michael Spinella
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