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Somewhere in Germany: A Novel
Somewhere in Germany is the sequel to the acclaimed Nowhere in Africa, which was turned into the Oscar-winning film of the same name. This novel traces the return of the Redlich family to Germany after their nine-year exile in Kenya during World War II. In Africa, Walter had longed for his homeland and dreamed of rebuilding his life as a lawyer, yet ultimately he and his f ...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published July 26th 2006 by University of Wisconsin Press
(first published 1996)
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I liked this book immensely. The book explores a deep subject: a Jewish family leaving Africa, where they had sought refuge from Nazism, and returning to post-WW II Germany, to confront not only the horrible fate dealt to them and their families there during those times, but also the extreme hardships of day-to-day life in a destroyed society, where everything was lacking in those years of the late 40s. In ways, it seemed an impossible subject to deal with, but the author succeeded for me, in a ...more
This is a sequel to the book, NOWHERE IN AFRICA, and tells of the Redlichs move from Kenya back to Germany after being Jewish refugees in Kenya for 10 years. It brings out their uneasy relationship with the post-war Germany. While the first book really held my interest, the story line seemed more disjointed and it was harder to follow. The daughter's deep love for her father, her uneasy relationship to Germany, and her deep love for her time in Africa continue in this book.
Didn't love it. I loved the movie "Nowhere in Africa" which is book one. This book picks up where the other book ended. I don't know if it was the translator or what, but I found the thoughts were run-on sentences. The only thing I found of interest was the description of the poverty directly after WW2 in Germany. I also do not understand how any Jew could return to Germany after the war.
Zweig is best known for her autobiographical novel, Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa, 1998), based on her early life in Kenya, which was filmed and won an Oscar in 2002 for "Best Foreign Film". Her family, being Jewish, fled Nazi Germany, for Africa. They went from an urban life in Breslau (now Wrocław) to a farm in Kenya in 1938 when she was five. She attended an English boarding school ...moreMore about Stefanie Zweig...