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Eduard Hoffman is a microbiologist with an interest in relationships. He believes he's found "a strain of separation virus" raging in West Berlin in 1983, which terminates every relationship within three years, 167 days, and 2 hours. As Eduard attempts to evade the virus, he tangles with Germany's Nazi guilt, memories of his father, a wayward mouse, and other threats to hi ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published 1992)
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I described it to my wife as a cross between "Don Giovanni/Don Juan" and "As You Like It." The things I would have found interesting, namely a deeper understanding of the female characters in this book, were glossed over. I was left with a triad of male personalities, the Kirk/Spock/Bones of Teutonic Literature, which left me saying 'so what?' There are moments of beauty in this book - the author's description of Jenny was so vivid I can still see her in my mind's eye. Those moments are rare, ho ...more
I had read The Wall Jumper a few years before and managed elevated expectations. My friend Roger had selected this one for our book platform during the spring of 2000 - a particularly low period of my adult life. I read and soured, almost by the page.
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 ...moreMore about Peter Schneider...