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Eine Familiengeschichte aus dem Nachkriegs-Wien, voll Komik und Tragik. Eine Pulverlandgeschichte, die wirklich passiert ist. Sie handelt von sehr verschiedenen Menschen, aber auch von Trümmerbergen, in der Hauptsache aber von der Freundschaft, die ein neunjähriges Mädchen mit einem russischen Koch verbindet. Cohn, der Soldatenkoch aus Leningrad, wird zum Symbol der Mensch ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Beltz (first published 1974)
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I couldn't find this in German and had to read it in translation (Fly Away Home). Loved it. An 8-year-old girl moves with her family from the city to the suburbs of Vienna near the end of the war, and Russian soldiers move in. Really great, unique style, and I loved the abrupt ending. I also read another Nöstlinger book around this time, Ein Mann für Mama (Marrying off Mother in English, I believe), but can't find it on here to review. Sue, age 10, tries to set up her separated mother while livi ...more
I liked that book so much but of course I read it in German
Interesting look at teen-life in occupied Berlin.
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Christine Nöstlinger is an Austrian writer.

By her own admission, Nöstlinger was a wild and angry child. After finishing high school, she wanted to become an artist, and studied graphic arts at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna. She worked as a graphic artist for a few years, before marrying a journalist, Ernst Nöstlinger, with whom she had two daughters. Today she alternates between her home i
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