When I Was Five I Killed Myself. (Lernmaterialien) by Howard Buten, Ernst Kemmer

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When I Was Five I Killed Myself. (Lernmaterialien)
When I Was Five I Killed Myself. (Lernmaterialien)
Howard Buten, Ernst Kemmer
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Reclam, Ditzingen (November 1, 2002)
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Burton Rembrandt has the sort of perspective on life that is impossible for most adults to even begin to comprehend: the perspective of an 8-year-old boy. And to Burt, his parents and teachers seem to be speaking a language he cannot understand. When Burt meets Jessica, a classmate, he finds solace from the problems of growing up, of dealing with parents and teachers and adults in general. But when he expresses the ardent love he feels for Jessica--an adult love dwelling in his child's mind--he is placed in an institution with autistic, mentally retarded, sociopathic, and generally "disturbed" children. This is Burt's story as written in pencil on the walls of the Quiet Room in The Children's Trust Residence Center. It begins: When I was five I killed myself.

First published in the U.S. as a Young Adult novel by Holt in 1981, Buten's bittersweet portrayal of childhood received wide acclaim but never crossed the line that separates adolescent and adult fiction. In France it has come to be considered a modern classic for children and adults alike. Not since John Irving's Owen Meany has a little boy's particular frame of mind been so indelibly set down on the page, and with this new edition of When I Was Five I Killed Myself, Buten's classic novel is certain to touch readers of all ages.

"Novelist Howard Buten is one of France's best-loved contemporary writers. . . .When I Was Five I Killed Myself has sold more than a million copies in France."--Time

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