Collection of short stories explores unusual behavior of people who lived, suffered through 20th century’s troubled history

Peter Freund’s “Tales in a Minor Key” highlights the often pernicious aftereffects of modern-day evils: world wars, fascism and communism
(PR NewsChannel) / February 15, 2012 / CHICAGO  

Tales in a Minor Key

Tales in a Minor Key by Peter Freund

“Tales in a Minor Key” (ISBN 1468040383), a collection of short stories by Peter Freund, explores the powerful, lasting aftereffects of two world wars and the twin evils of fascism and communism on the behavior of many Central European Jews who lived through the traumatic events of the 20th century. Freund infuses a vivid sense of humor into his sad stories.

“Much literary work has been devoted to the horrible fate of Jews in World War II and under communism,” Freund says. “What makes this collection different is that in these stories I deal with the often subtle, if sometimes quite bizarre, ways in which the survivors’ behavior has been affected by what they experienced.”

His stories speak about issues ranging from intense and deep-seated, if not quite rational, fears and the meaning of honorable behavior to fraudulent self-identities and desperate decisions that lead to unintended consequences. Freund’s book brings his stories to life through a matching of substance and style.

 “Tales in a Minor Key” is available for sale online at and other channels.

 About the Author: Peter Freund was born and raised in Romania. As a student, he participated in an anti-Soviet demonstration which resulted in his arrest by the Romanian counterpart of the KGB, and he was placed in front of an armored firing squad. Obviously they didn’t shoot. Three years later, Freund was able to leave for the West, where he received his doctorate from the University of Vienna in Austria. He is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Chicago and, in addition to his scientific contributions, has also previously published works of literary fiction. Freund lives in Chicago.

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