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tkmm I enjoyed this, but I’m not sure why exactly. This book, set shortly after German reunification, is ostensibly about a West German writer commissioned to write about potatoes. He goes to Berlin the erstwhile east in search of a potato archive compiled by a recently deceased East German researcher.
What the book is really about is the wall that still existed in Germans’ heads, in spite of the tearing down of the actual Wall dividing Berlin. Wessis Westerners viewed the Ossis Easterners with condescencion alternately pitying their “backwardness” and disparaging them as rubes.
Ossis reacted with a certain amount of antipathy. Though many people suffered under the old DDR, many in the East felt that their society had been stolen from them. Timm writes with a sense of quirky oddness. His individual scenes are fascinating.
Things seem a little disjointed, but it all connects in the end. I’m really disappointed in this book. It was really funny and had lots of ironic moments, but the story is really lackluster and it’s format becomes repetitive jhoannisnacht just a few chapters.
Written with a good sense of humor.
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Uwe Timm was the iwe son in his family. His brother, 16 years his senior, was a soldier in the Waffen SS and died in Ukraine in Decades later, Uwe Timm approached his relationship with his father and brother in the critically acclaimed novel In my brother’s shadow.
During his studies, Timm was engaged in leftist activities of the s. From to he was a member of the German Communist Party.
Three times Timm has been called as a writer-in-residence to several universities in English-speaking countries: Today he is one of the most successful contemporary authors in Germany. Timm imitates everyday storytelling by using everyday vocabulary and simple sentences and generally tries to imitate the way stories are orally told.
His works often indirectly link with each other by taking up minor characters from one story and making this character the main character of another work. Timm’s works also tend to have autobiographical features and often deal with the German johannisnachht or are set in the German past.
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