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German Comedy: Scenes of Life after the Wall

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A tour of Germany after reunification provides anecdotes of the West German people, an East German baker, Bavarian yodelers, Stalinist functionaries, and Western capitalists
Paperback, 228 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published October 1991)
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My favorite quote in the book, using the adjustment of the Eastern German Shephards as a metaphor for the integration of the people from the East:

"The dispute has now died down. Almost all the border dogs have been successfully adopted, and there's little talk of problems of integration. Many of the new arrivals who first reacted to canned food in all its Western variety with upturned noses or even diarrhea have successfully adjusted. They are no longer afraid of unknown canine species and have
My daughter or my brother in law recommended this to me. It was a wonderful way to understand the stories of how the fall of the wall affected peoples lives.
This was a very interesting and occasionally humorous commentary of life after the Berlin wall came down.
Essays primarily addressing identity and unification, penned when the events were current.
Courtney Kane
"But perhaps this story is only a legend--like the Wall itself."
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Peter Schneider is a German novelist. His novel Lenz, published in 1973, had become a cult text for the Left, capturing the feelings of those disappointed by the failure of their utopian revolt. Since then, Peter Schneider has written novels, short stories and film scripts, that often deal with the fate of members of his generation. Other works deal with the situation of Berlin before and after Ge ...more
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