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Silent Close No. 6

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In this extraordinary, prizewinning novel, Monika Maron says farewell to the East Germany where she grew up as the stepchild of an �lite communist official not unlike retired Professor Beerenbaum, who hires disaffected writer Rosalind Polkowski to transcribe his memoirs.

Shortly after the Berlin Wall, which Maron loathed, fell and her country disappeared, she returned home
Paperback, 186 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Readers International (first published 1991)
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Kathrin Passig
Schöne einzelne Stellen.
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Die Protagonistin ist Historikerin, die die Memoiren eines DDR-Funktionärs aufschreibt. Er diktiert, sie versucht nicht mitzudenken, weil sie sich nicht für das Denken bezahlen lassen will. Der Gute hat natürlich, obwohl guter Kommunist, Dreck am stecken. Weshalb er dann auch sehr verdient stirbt.
Liest sich ganz gut.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.5 stars
Stephan Frank
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wieder mal ein Blick in das fuer mich eigentlich gaenzlich ausserhalb meines Erfahrungsbereiches liegende Leben in einem Regime wie der DDR.
Und zudem aus einer sehr weiblichen Perspektive.

Anstrengende Lektuere, jedoch hervorragend in Worte gekleidet. Die kleinen surrealen Einsprengsel sind exzellente Beispiele fuer Realitaetsflucht und Sehnsuechte. Das Problem des "Opfer werden Taeter" wird hier ganz anschaulich demonstriert.

Matthew Lawrence
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Frosty but eventually likeable story of an East German woman disillusioned by Communism. Picked this up on a whim at a used bookstore the other day. Quick read, though of course there were lots of cultural referents that went over my head.
May 15, 2007 rated it liked it
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A good story of a woman who is hired to transcribe an East German's officials memoirs.
Collin Rogowski
Nettes Buch über "den Osten".
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Read it in German: Stille Zeile Sechs
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Monika Maron is a German author, formerly of the German Democratic Republic.

She moved in 1951 from West to East Berlin with her stepfather, Karl Maron, the GDR Minister of the Interior.

She studied theatre and spent time as a directing assistant and as a journalist. In the late 1970s, she began writing full-time in East Berlin. She left the GDR in 1988 with a three-year visa. After living in Hamb

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