The question How German Is It underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s novel, an icy panorama of contemporary. The question HOW GERMAN IS IT underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s new novel, an icy panorama of contemporary Germany. The question implicit in the title of Walter Abish’s novel1 immediat alerts us to problems moment in German history, Abish plays with the familiar images such .
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Well, from ferman book’s POV plus my own epxerience after 3 years as a foreigner in Germany I’d say thay ‘it’ is very, very German indeed. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Inthey moved to Israel, where Abish served in the army and developed an interest in writing. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. May 26, Randa rated it liked it.
I am absolutely in love with this book and probably wouldn’t have picked it up if I wasn’t hi-jacking a friend’s reading list for my own selfish gains thanks Eric.
But then questions of how to comprehend the atrocities of the Third Reich will trouble novelists for eternity. All I’m saying is, remember that you’ve read it so you don’t get sucked into the vacuum that erases your abixh of the thing.
Even the way the writer deals with the fact that there was not a more beautiful summer since will trap you, snare you and getman you.
His postmodern flourishes serve to accentuate the newness and uncertainty of the moments in time he writes about, while also raising larger questions about humanity and the Holocaust. When a collapsed sewer reveals a mass burial site folks are particular about doing the right thing. Retrieved from ” https: It’s a compelling and entertaining and thoughtful take on the modern world, and the modern Germany, and asks a lot of questions about what the past is, and the present, and the future and all that.
Thus, different issues are addressed from different perspectives. A day of picnics, leisurely meals, newspapers on the sofa.
How German Is It/Wie Deutsch ist es | novel by Abish |
Abish, books, germany, greatest, […]. It is one that has in it a great deal of anguish: I am the target audience! In German, ‘angst’ actually means fear but, ia with many other German words, it’s travelled to all other languages. May 13, Hans rated it it was amazing. Apr 22, Bob rated it it was amazing.
And wxlter he thought about it later, he concluded that it was true. I guess that the limited audience for such a book equals limited air time. The question posed by the title certainly captures the central dilemma of the characters in the story, caught between a tradition of order, emotional reserve, and cold analysis of facts, and the pervasive presence of American consumer culture in late-twentieth century Eu Although this book has simple German phrases peppered in here and there, it was written in English.
It does full justice to an exploration of post-war Germany with necessary nuance and memory-play, as well as dark humor. While the brother and the mayor play tennis, it becomes clear at least to me that the brother and the mayor’s wife are having an affair.
His two sons, Helmuth, walteer somewhat uptight architect and Ulrich, a novelist with a past involvement with a terrorist group, must reconcile with this legacy.
verman Here the house as nation stripped of everything it could be proud of, art, culture and ideals: Then there are the titles of the book the main character has written: The discovery of a mass grave at the site of a former Nazi death camp encapsulates the struggle to come to terms with identity, legacy, and personal responsibility amidst events with global implications.
No trivia or quizzes yet. Sep 26, El rated it it was ok Recommends it for: This is one of the more memorable novels I’ve read in the last five years. I also ks somewhere that Abish hadn’t even been to Germany when he wrote this, though his Austrian descent probably helped.
It stems from theif infamous ANGST– an all-pervasivd anguish and anxiety for and about life, of what cannot be controlled in life. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. I know about ‘collective guilt’ and ‘the Sins of the Fathers’.
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hos Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. How can a town or a people live past events that are infamous and unforgivable? But then questions of how to comprehend the atrocities of the Third Reich will trouble novelists for eternity. Remembered loving it the first time, but this time I felt less of a connection to it.
When a water main bursts, however, it’s revealed that the town has been built over the mass graves of the Durst concentration camp.
The former is illustrated by a town renamed after a contemporary philosopher where the past is literall A young Walter Abish and his parents fled Austria in the late s and after the better part of two decades first in Shanghai, then Israel, he came to America, finally beginning to publish English fiction and poetry in his early 40s.
Helmuth is a prosperous architect and Ulric It took me much longer than expected to finish this book. To this conundrum Abish adds much with his cinematic prose, prefigured by the quote from Jean-Luc Godard that opens his book: On his return from Paris to his home city The question HOW GERMAN IS IT underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s new novel, an icy panorama of contemporary Germany, in which the tradition of order and obedience, the patrimony of the saber and the castle on the Rhine, give way to the present, indiscriminate fascination with all things American.
And it’s somehow very funny. Now, I’m not saying don’t read it. Retrieved 21 July This act forces Ulrich to face up to his responsibility and to himself, and leads to the devastatingly satirical end.
How German Is It?
In he published Double Vision: Books by Walter Abish. What I found was a calmly sinister, subtly I am absolutely in love with this book and probably wouldn’t have abisy it up if I wasn’t hi-jacking a friend’s reading list for my own selfish gains thanks Eric.
For all the turbulent subject matter, the writing is witty and moves quickly and the cast of characters well-differentiated and memorable.
I need to apply for a drivers’ license because there is no recirpocity between Germany and my home US state, despite the fact that Absih have been driving for 25 years. In the seventies and eighties there remained a certain hostility towards German and Germany wapter not just among the older generations, so a novel centred on present day well, s Germans’ relationship to Germany’s Nazi past interested me from the POV of gaining insight from the ‘other side’ although we are talking about more than a generation ago now, which matters more in Germany than most nations, I suspect.
As others have said, perhaps too much?