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Marzahn, mon amour by Katja Oskamp
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A curious little book, following the author’s mid-life change of career from writer to chiropodist and filled with sketches of her clients from the east Berlin district of Marzahn. It reminded me of the Wes Anderson film The French Dispatch in some ways; whimsical; a story told in fragments.

The picture built up is of a community on the precipice of change, the old guard who have largely lived in the communist-era blocks recounting their lives and health issues. In that sense, it’s quite a sad book, filled with a catalogue of loss and missed chances.

But on the other hand it’s a call to change. The author asks: If not now, when? Perhaps the blossoming of some optimism while there’s still time.

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Reading Progress

January 15, 2022 – Started Reading
January 15, 2022 – Shelved
January 16, 2022 – Finished Reading

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