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Die Entdeckung der Currywurst

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  1,092 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Eine wunderbare Liebesgeschichte im Hamburg der letzten Kriegstage. In Erinnerung an seine Kindheit macht sich der Erzähler auf die Suche nach der ehemaligen Besitzerin einer Imbissbude am Hamburger Großneumarkt. Er findet die hochbetagte Lena Brücker in einem Altersheim und erfährt die Geschichte ihrer »schönsten Jahre« und wie es zur Entdeckung der Currywurst kam. Der Bo ...more
Hardcover, 161 pages
Published October 2nd 2009 by Hamburger Abendblat (first published 1993)
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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 10, 2014 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2008-2012)
Shelves: 1001-core, war, german
Curried sausage, anyone? I like chicken curry be it Indian curry or Thai curry. I especially like it when it is served with nan that Indian unleavened bread and eaten by hands. A gastronomical delight: with the red and green pepper, the aroma of coconut and the thick yellowish sauce... chicken curry is definitely a mouth- or even soul-satisfying food!

But German curry? Curried sausage, invented in German? That's news to me.

This 1001 book, The Invention of Curried Sausage tells the story of how c
Friederike Knabe
Lena Brücker is the heroine of Uwe Timm's 1993 novella, The Invention of Curried Sausage or Die Entdeckung der Currywurst in German. A kind of sausage any German has enjoyed in their youth and beyond. Now old and blind, living in a nursing home, Lena shares her memories of the last weeks in Hamburg in April/early May 1945 with the much younger narrator. For decades, Lena owned one of the food stalls in downtown Hamburg, and her specialty was "curried sausage". One of the many customers was young ...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Curried sausage was accidentally invented when love had at last brought the pain it had promised. It was salvation disguised as food. Who knows where she would have ended up, dead maybe, had she not stumbled, eyes blinded by tears, spilling the curry powder? Against the backdrop of an ending war they found each other. Their love was illicit, but true nonetheless. Years after, eyes blinded by old age, she remembers everything. A man in search of the inventor of curried sausage finds her in a nurs ...more
Although fairly unknown and relatively obscure in the United States, this novella by Uwe Timm was a best-seller in Germany in the mid 1990s, and it is a remarkable piece of literature. The translator, Leila Vennewitz, deserves a word of praise too--even in translation this story unfolds in a lyrical, captivating manner.

A fellow living in Munich sometimes debates with friends where his favorite German specialty snack, curried sausage, originated, and he maintains it began with a woman who lived i
Thing Two
This novella snuck up on me. Uwe Timm writes a story about an old woman recalling a wartime relationship and how it lead to the invention of the German take-out dish curried sausage. This story sucked me in until I got to the point I couldn't put it down -- not even for a currywurst! Beautiful, poignant, and powerfully written, this story begs to be heard -- I may read it aloud next time.
An odd, charming little German novella. Can't say what made me pick it up, but it was a tasty morsel.
The story within the story (double narrator device) is set in Hamburg, Germany at the end of WWII. The protagonist, a young man who used to eat curried sausage at Mrs. Brücker’s stand sets out to find out how she came to invent curried sausage. Mrs. Brücker begins a long story which really is the story of her life at the end of WWII. A young naval officer, Bremer, is assigned to go to the front line to stop British tanks instead of returning to his map room in Oslo. He spends the night with Lena ...more
I haven't read the translation but I do feel the need to make absolutely clear that Currywurst is not curried sausage. The Wurst is never curried, it may be served in a curried tomato sauce, or in tomato sauce with a dusting of curry powder on top but the Wurst is uncurried, a plain, traditional Wurst chopped into slices. I know that translation is the art of failure, but the translator went too far in this case.
Currywurst is one of those weird results of the post-war era: the most teutonic of foods, the sausage, fried up in Indian curry (or rather a European version of it). As Timm puts it, it's the sort of food that could only be a hit in a country where grey must occasionally be offset by splats of red. It started turning up in hot dog stands in the 50s and became a staple of German fast food. Trying to pinpoint exactly when and by whom it was invented is like trying to decide who invented the hambur ...more
A short fictional story set in post-WWII Germany about how curried sausage was invented. Though initially the subject didn't seem all that interesting to me frankly, I ended up being charmed by the technical merits of this book (as well as the sense of nostalgia it evokes). This is one of the rare books I've read that successfully manages to leave the war in the background, and instead focus on the story it sets out to tell, while never letting the reader forget the post-war context that clearly ...more
Kris McCracken
A cracking little book by Uwe Timm. It’s a beautiful mediation on women, men, circumstances, knitting and curried sausage.

It’s a lovely capture of a specific time and place, and reflection on what are really universal human relations. As the title indicates, at its heart is the search for the inventor of the Currywurst, a popular German fast-food consisting of hot pork sausage (cut into slices and seasoned with curry sauce (regularly consisting of tomato paste blended with curry) and generous am
Some of the greatest things are discovered by accident and by simple twists of fate. Well, that's this book in a nutshell. Sorry foodie fans of curried sausage, but this book isn't really about the invention of spicy meat in tube form. Not specifically anyways. It's really about living in Nazi Germany as the war ends and the influence of paths that cross unexpectedly in dire situations. I absolutely loved the pages were the curried sausage inventor, Lena Brücker, was forced by the constraints of ...more
Die Entdeckung der Currywurst is a book that, as a teacher of German, I feel I should have read long ago since it shows up on so many people's syllabi in upper-level content courses. It has never really seemed interesting to me (a story of an older woman who takes in a soldier hiding from being sent to the front and tricks him into staying in hiding with her even after the war ends), but after reading Uwe Timm's novel Vogelweide: Roman and loving it so much, I finally decided to read this book. ...more
Jim Coughenour
As its title suggests, this is a tasty morsel of a book, a quick read with a twist of piquant melancholy. Set in Hamburg in 1989, where the narrator interviews an old neighbor who claims to have invented curried sausage (only a German could make this sound good), most of the story actually takes place at the very end of WWII. Unlike most European novels set at that time, Timm's novella is light – the word "droll" comes to mind. Recommended as a snack.

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The author Uwe Timm sets out to prove that the German dish of curried sausage was not invented as Berlin as popular belief would have it but in his native Hamburg by a woman he knew Lena Brucker.

When he finds Lena he discovers that the invention of curried sausage was not a simple accident with flavours or a clever design but the result of Lenas life experiences.

The novella covers the issues of desertion, infidelity, black market trade, love and determination.

While ultimately Curried Sausage did
เราคงขอใหคุณบรึคเคอรเลารวบรัดตัดความแคเฉพาะวินาทีทีเธอคนพบไสกรอกทอดผงกะหรีได ถาทีมาทีไปของการคนพบนันไมไดผูกพันแนบแนนอยูกับความรักของเธอกับทหารหนุมหนีทัพคนหนึงทีเกิดขึนและจบลงในชวงเวลาสัน ๆ กอนสงครามจะสินสุด ดังนันแลวเธอจึงตังใจเลามันออกมาอยางหมดจดตังแตตนจนจบ ราวกับวามันเปนเรืองทีเธอรอจะเลาใหใครสักคนทีพรอมจะฟัง กอนทีมันจะตายจากไปพรอมกับตัวเธอ

จริงอยูวาแกนหลักของเรืองอยูทีความรักระหวางเธอกับทหารหนุมคนนัน ความรักระหวางมายสาวใหญกับเดกหนุม แตกแปลกดีทีคนเขียนไมยอมขยีจุดนี (อานไปนีผมยังแอบคิดเลยวามันจะ
There's something about "The Invention of Curried Sausage." It's a short novel that I've read many times. A book like no other.
Jeffrey Marciano
The style of writing the author used for this book didn't quite work for me.
Having not looked this up I'm honestly not sure whether to call this a "fiction," "non-fiction," or "creative non-fiction." The author claims to be telling a true story that's (ultimately) about curried sausage, as told to him by the woman who invented the stuff. Certainly he could be. But how could he know everything that was going on, what the characters were thinking, etc.? Hmm.

Yet I don't really have to know.

In any case, it's a compelling story: a short, sweet love affair in Hamburg in 1945,
No question that this is a fascinating novella about the interlocking movements of individual stories that make up the grand scheme of history. Sharply drawn characters swing between passivity and commotion.

I haven't seen the English translation, but I find it dubious just on the basis of the title. The obvious translation of the German title is "The Discovery of Curried Sausage". And this slightly absurd designation is crucial to the spirit of the book, the way it balances the sense of fate in
Giovaennchen Lozano
Este libro también tiene una versión en español, se llama "el descubrimiento de la salchica al curry". Hay una serie de leyendas acerca del origen de esta forma tan singular de preparar las salchichas en Alemania, y su autor, Uwe Timm explora una de ellas. A partir de ahí escribe una historia de amor y dolor, de desesperanza y solidaridad. Un soldado deserta del ejército y se esconde, anda a "salto de mata", hasta que llega a donde una mujer le da refugio y lo esconde. Ella tiene que luchar muy ...more
Wendy Carlyle
Now that is spooky! I've just started to write my review with exactly the opening sentence my daughter has used about it! I guess that means it must be 100% appropriate so I will use it again - this is a little joy of a book! The story is quirky and original in the way it unfolds set against the end of the Second World War and describing an ordinary life touched by those events and totally believable.
หยิบมาอาน เพราะนานๆ ไดอานวรรณกรรมเยอรมันสักที เปนเรืองเลาของทีมาของไสกรอกกะหรี ณ เมืองฮัมบวรก เหตุการณในชวงสงครามโลกครังที 2 เปนเรืองเลา ซอนเรืองเลาอีกที ไดมุมมองในมุมของคนเยอรมันทีไมไดชอบสงคราม ไมไดฝักไฝในฮิตเลอร แตอยูในฐานะนำทวมปาก เทานันเอง

หนังสือดำเนินเรืองเรียบงาย ตังแตตนจนจบ ไวอานเบาๆ คลายเครียดได
เรืองเลาหรือเรืองจริง บางทีกสลับไปสลับมา และสงสัย
จากไสกรอกกะหรี ยอนหวนกลับไปชวงปลายสงครามโลกครังที 2
คืนวันทีผูคนไมรูสึกรูสากับความตาย เสียงระเบิด ชาชินกับการเดินไปลงหลุมหลบภัย
หญิงทีสามีไปออกรบ ลูกชายไปเปนทหาร ลูกสาวอยูเมืองอืน
ทหารเรืออายุคราวลูก เขามาในชีวิตโดยบังเอิญ
ติดกับ หนีทหาร หวาดระแวง
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I just think it's quite good.
I normally dislike the books which written around with no end and I group this type of books together, so I gathered Murakami Haruki in this too.
However, I think this book is better than the famous Murakami. I think this book gave more emotional depth and smoother written and not too long for no-end book.
1.5/5 stars.
I don't understand why my teacher wanted us to read this book. It is written poorly with bad punctuation. One person in the book is there for many pages but brings nothing to the story. The whole "invention" was something so stupid that a child could have thought of it. I had to force myself so much to read it. The ending was ok. I am so disappointed because I could have read something else instead of this. If you want to learn or you speak German: don't read it.
Bin meiner Tradition treu geblieben und habe - wie bei jeder Schullektüre - das letzte Kapitel nicht gelesen, einfach, weil man die letzten Kapitel immer auf einen Haufen als Hausaufgabe zu lesen bekommt und ich es natürlich dann abends lese, demnach beim letzten Kapitel einfach einschlafe. Trotzdem annehmbar, es war nicht so schlimm wie Andorra. (Von Wilhelm Tell bin ich durch längere Krankheit in der 8. Klasse ja, Gott sei Dank, verschont geblieben, daher kann ich damit nicht vergleichen.)
Colleen Clark
I lived in Germany for a year on two separate occasions and keep an interest, so I picked this up when I saw it in my local bookstore.

It's written as a reminiscence by a man from Hamburg who goes back to visit his home city and talks to a woman, now elderly, whom he knew from his childhood. For many years she ran a curry wurst stand in Hamburg. She tells him how it came to be by way of a tale about her life at the very end of WW II - April 1945 - and how a young soldier wandered into her life an
Currywurst as madeleine. And coffee instead of tea. Speaking of coffee, I was watching a movie recently in which Clark Gable instructs his breakfast partner in the proper way of dunking a doughnut into a cup of coffee. It was a very proto-Twin Peaks moment. I don't do coffee and I don't do doughnuts anymore. I can't dunk. Nor do I eat currywurst, so what I'm saying is that I can only read about these things in books or watch them in movies. It's enjoyment twice removed (I figure first removed wo ...more
A wonderful novella with echoes of Greek myth, although told from Kalypso's point of view instead of Odysseus'. But that's only really a starting point. I'm used to reading about World War II from the Allied side, so it's another reversal to consider the war from the pov of ordinary Germans. Timm comes at it from all sides. If food is life, and war is death, he's continually circling around, while his protagonist, Lena Brucker, tries to steal some happiness and love out of the miserable chaos. I ...more
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Uwe Timm was the youngest son in his family. His brother, 16 years his senior, was a soldier in the Waffen SS and died in Ukraine in 1943. Decades later, Uwe Timm approached his relationship with his father and brother in the critically acclaimed novel In my brother's shadow.

After working as a furrier, Timm studied Philosophy and German in Munich and Paris, achieving a PhD in German literature in
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