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‘Squeezed’ paints a vivid portrait of struggling professionals

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The debut from Germany’s most celebrated playwright is a brilliant multi-layered fable

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A novel about prison life revels in the characters fighting against a system designed to smother individuality

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An otherwise erudite selection of foreign fiction misses out many female authors

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