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The Bells in Their Silence: Travels through Germany

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Nobody writes travelogues about Germany. The country spurs many anxious volumes of investigative reporting--books that worry away at the "German problem," World War II, the legacy of the Holocaust, the Wall, reunification, and the connections between them. But not travel books, not the free-ranging and impressionistic works of literary nonfiction we associate with V. S. Naipaul and Bruce Chatwin. What is it about Germany and the travel book that puts them seemingly at odds? With one foot in the library and one on the street, Michael Gorra offers both an answer to this question and his own traveler's tale of Germany.Gorra uses Goethe's account of his Italian journey as a model for testing the traveler's response to Germany today, and he subjects the shopping arcades of contemporary German cities to the terms of Benjamin's Arcades project. He reads post-Wende Berlin through the novels of Theodor Fontane, examines the role of figurative language, and enlists W. G. Sebald as a guide to the place of fragments and digressions in travel writing.Replete with the flaneur's chance discoveries--and rich in the delights of the enduring and the ephemeral, of architecture and flood--The Bells in Their Silence offers that rare traveler's tale of Germany while testing the very limits of the travel narrative as a literary form.

Table of Contents

Preface The Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog xi

CHAPTER ONE: Cultural Capital 1

CHAPTER TWO: The Peculiarities of German Travel 25

CHAPTER THREE: Visible Cities 52

CHAPTER FOUR: The Dentist's House 79

CHAPTER FIVE: Fragments and Digressions 107

CHAPTER SIX: Hauptstadt 132

CHAPTER SEVEN: Family Chronicles 160

Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading 191

Acknowledgments 205

Index 207

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400826018
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Subject:
Literary Criticism : European - German
Author:
Gorra, Michael
Author:
Gorra, Michael Edward
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
German
Subject:
Comparative Literature
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Subject:
Germany-General
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
March 2006
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Essays
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General
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Travel » Europe » Germany
Travel » General
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