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A novel set in postwar Germany in which a young American counterintelligence agent named Harry Brace, who is charged with watching over security at an underground nuclear storage site, tries to protect a nomadic shepherd, setting off a chain reaction of events that causes a furor of resentment among the residents of a German town, and nearly resulting in his own downfall.

“This novel about contemporary Germany must be ranked with the best.”

Saturday Review

“A triumph of invention…[Brodeur] has written a taut and impressive novel.”

Times Literary Supplement (London)

“In narrative power, in lucidity, and in richness of meaning, Mr. Brodeur is nearer to Kafka than to most of his imitators.”