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In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield
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Jul 27, 10

bookshelves: new-zealand, short-story-or-novella, 20thcentury
Read in December, 2003

When I belatedly realised that I had been neglecting New Zealand fiction on this blog, the first author I thought of to redress this neglect was Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923). She died very young of TB but she left behind some unforgettable short stories, of which In a German Pension was the first collection to be published. I read it in December 2003, and this (edited a little after this re-reading) is what I wrote in my journal at the time:

Whoo!! This author has a barbed pen indeed! It’s a collection of satirical vignettes that Mansfield wrote aged just nineteen, and her dislike of the German bourgeoise is fierce…
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Cynthia I didn't know Mansfield was a New Zealander!

Lisa Oh yes, she was born there. She went to England as ayoung woman, went home briefly but found it a bit dull, and so returned to London. Then she got TB and couldn't travel and never went home again.

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