The question How German Is It underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s novel, an icy panorama of contemporary. The question HOW GERMAN IS IT underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s new novel, an icy panorama of contemporary Germany. The question implicit in the title of Walter Abish’s novel1 immediat alerts us to problems moment in German history, Abish plays with the familiar images such .
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This isn’t a bad book, but one to be read instead of reviewed.
Sep 26, El rated it it was ok Recommends it for: How German is it? Email required Address never made public. The former is illustrated by a town renamed after a contemporary philosopher where the past is literall A young Walter Abish and his parents fled Austria in the late s and after the better part of two decades first in Shanghai, then Israel, he came to America, finally beginning to publish English fiction and poetry in his early 40s.
His young fashionable Germans are sophisticated, but the real German hardcore 68ers like their Japanese counterpartsthose, that stopped talking and screwing around and started to act revolutionary were a completely different species. When it does- it’s thrilling. Ulrich is the son of a high-ranking military officer who had been executed for his part in the plot to assassinate Hitler in It stems from theif infamous ANGST– an all-pervasivd anguish and anxiety for and about life, of what cannot be controlled in life.
It took me much longer than expected to finish this book. Hope someone else wants it.
The question HOW GERMAN IS IT underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s new novel, an icy panorama of contemporary Germany, in which the tradition of order and obedience, the patrimony of the saber and the castle on the Rhine, give way to the present, indiscriminate fascination with all things American.
Erika, he called from the window. Dec 26, Ben Siems rated it liked it Recommends it for: May 20, Sean rated it really hkw it Shelves: A d every ten mins he’d break off with exercises. A brief flurry of publishing through the Literary trickster, Walter Abish, was a late bloomer.
Part of the book’s structure reminded me of Life: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Jan 23, Ashley rated it liked it. I know walted ‘collective guilt’ and ‘the Sins of the Fathers’. Only the present will not let them. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. The Hargenaus were once a noble and revered family. Views Read Edit View history. Brumholdstein was the site of a notorious gas chamber and concentration camp, now buried beneath ir modern facade.
Jun 28, Brienne Walsh rated it really liked it. I fear I lack deeper understanding of its political, cultural and philosophical nuances.
Iw, stop it immediately. Abish uses an interesting narrative tool of switching between multiple points of view and internal monologues. And much like the sinkhole that opens up beneath Brumholdstein, the toxic vibes terrorism, rampant infidelity and other types of popular upper class play, an infinite level of post-war emotion for Germany to deal with—if ever deftly erode from within.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The book is so freakishly complex.
In the seventies and eighties there remained a certain hostility towards German and Germany and not just among the older generations, so a novel centred on present day well, s Germans’ relationship to Germany’s Nazi past interested me from the POV of gaining insight from the ‘other side’ although we are talking about more than a generation ago now, which matters more in Germany than most nations, I suspect.
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How can a town or a people live past events that are infamous and unforgivable? Even after reading the back summary, trying to process the cover photo, and attempting to understand where Abish fit into literature somewhere in the ’70s Barthelme burn-all-the-rules-down-in-a-weird-humorous-way slice of things, I believeI still may have taken my time starting this one. The former is illustrated by a town renamed after a contemporary philosopher where the past is literally covered up by concrete a sewer pipe collapse revels a mass grave from a former prison camp and figuratively all library card catalog entries for the town’s prior name redirect to the new one and nothing else.