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Kino is the tragic story of a silent film director in Nazi Germany and his modern-day granddaughter's quest to redeem him. When the long lost, first-ever silent film from legendary director Kino arrives mysteriously on his granddaughter Mina's doorstep, Mina's mission to discover the man she barely knew begins.

As Kino's journals plunge the reader into the depraved glamour and infectious panic of 1920s and '30s Germany, with a cast of characters including Joseph Goebbels, Fritz Lang and Leni Riefenstahl, Mina finds her mission may be more dangerous than she'd imagined.

A quick-moving page turner, Kino raises the questions concerning any artist working today: What is true art? How do art and politics shape one another? And at what cost to his identity, family and sanity should an artist pursue his vision?

"Kino is a fast, complex, exhilarating roadster ride through history and time, a mystery, a documentary, a remarkable remix of reality and imagination. It is the story of a woman who becomes obsessed with her grandfather, a visionary film director in the Germany of the nineteen-twenties through World War II. Tracing the arc of his spectacular decline, she risks a husband and her ordinary life, but uncovers the powerful bindings of family, the sweet, dark loam of loss, and the instant-on high-voltage current of pulp fascism, dirty pictures, propaganda, cultural piracy, art and money.

It's quick but complicated, feverish, trying, speculative, high-minded, and occasionally Goebbels-esque. Everything forced into close and incendiary quarters. Kino is intoxicating Euro-brew, written with enormous skill and dedication." ~ Frederick Barthelme

"A surprising alternative history. Kino brings the golden age of German cinema to light with loving, sometimes gritty, detail and great precision." ~ Neal Pollack, author of Jewball.

"This is an elegant book, wrapping the core of a thriller in ideas that play with literary and semiotic conventions...Jürgen Fauth has a confident touch and is worth watching in the future." ~ David Marshall, reviewer, San Francisco Book Review

"Kino is a fast, complex, exhilarating roadster ride through history and time, a mystery, a documentary, a remarkable remix of reality and imagination. It is the story of a woman who becomes obsessed with her grandfather, a visionary film director in the Germany of the nineteen-twenties through World War II. Tracing the arc of his spectacular decline, she risks a husband and her ordinary life, but uncovers the powerful bindings of family, the sweet, dark loam of loss, and the instant-on high-voltage current of pulp fascism, dirty pictures, propaganda, cultural piracy, art and money. It's quick but complicated, feverish, trying, speculative, high-minded, and occasionally Goebbels-esque. Everything forced into close and incendiary quarters. Kino is intoxicating Euro-brew, written with enormous skill and dedication." ~ Frederick Barthelme

"A delirious melange of conspiracy, magic, sex, history, bad behavior, and cinema, Kino is a stellar entertainment, and Jürgen Fauth is a writer of rare, sinister imagination." - Owen King, author of Reenactment

"Jürgen Fauth's deft mashup of genre and historical period is both a full-throttle literary thriller of ideas and a contemplative examination of film and fascism. Kino is a debut of great intellectual force." - Teddy Wayne, author of Kapitoil

"A light-hearted romp that leads straight into darkness and back through the shadows on the wall." - Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

"Movie nuts arise! With both chase and chaste scenes, Kino teases us with pellmell cinematic revelation. Mina, its ditsy heroine, resists her famous grandfather's mysteries as if she doesn't want them to end. A happy and felicitous debut." -- Terese Svoboda

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