Film Director’s Fall From Grace in Nazi Germany Is the Focus of Debut Novel by German-American Writer

Publication Date: April 17, 2012

Kino by Jürgen Fauth

Kino is a fast, complex, exhilarating roadster ride through history and time. It is the story of a woman who becomes obsessed with her grandfather, a visionary film director, [and] the powerful bindings of family, the sweet, dark loam of loss, and the high-voltage current of pulp fascism. Kino is an intoxicating Euro-brew, written with enormous skill and dedication.”
– FREDERICK BARTHELME, author of Elroy Nights


KENSINGTON, MD — In gripping debut literary thriller Kino (Atticus Books, $14.95), film critic and Fictionaut co-founder Jürgen Fauth traverses themes of art, family and history during the Weimar Republic and post-9/11 U.S.

Writing a novel about a silent film director’s fall from grace in Nazi Germany “involved many nights spent watching silent films and [reading] stacks of books about the 1920s and 30s in Berlin,” says Fauth, a German-American author who was born and grew up in Wiesbaden, Germany and now lives with his family in Astoria, NY. “They were fascinating, fertile periods that were a pleasure to research in-depth.”

Kino’s postmodern manipulation of genre tackles thorny questions of artistic responsibility and the personal price artists pay in pursuit of their vision. History buffs and film aficionados will appreciate a cast of characters that includes Joseph Goebbels, Fritz Lang and Leni Riefenstahl. A tragic, galvanizing story of discovery and loss set amidst the depraved glamour and infectious panic of Germany between the wars and the United States during George W. Bush’s administration, Kino asks if the search for truth and happiness is worth the price of admission.


JÜRGEN FAUTH is a writer, film critic, and co-founder of the literary community Fictionaut. His short stories have been published in a number of journals including Chiron Review, La Petite Zine, and Berkeley Review. He is a long-time film critic for and has written for Huffington Post, New York Newsday, and Flavorpill. A native of Wiesbaden, Germany, he lives in Astoria, N.Y., with his wife, the writer Marcy Dermansky, and their daughter, Nina.


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