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Prize-winning German writer Ingo Schulze's first novel, Simple Stories, is a marvel of storytelling and craft. Set in the East German town of Altenburg after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it deftly leaps among an array of confused characters caught in the crossroads of their countrys history: a lovelorn waitress who falls for a visiting West German investor; an art historian turned traveling salesman; a former Communist official plagued by his past; an unsuccessful writer who asks his neighbor to break his leg so that he can continue to live on welfare.

Schulze skillfully intercuts an assortment of moving and comic vignettes about seemingly unconnected people, gradually linking them into an exhilarating whole of tidal unity and emotional force, until we see that all the time we have been reading a novel in glittering fragments, spun by a master. With a piercing eye for detail and a magical ear for dialogue, Schulze portrays the tragi-comedy of ordinary people caught up in the last great historical upheaval of the century.

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With his award-winning story collection, 33 Moments of Happiness, Ingo Shulze established himself as a vital new voice of German fiction. With his first novel he enhances his status as a writer of singular ability.<P>Simple Stories is a wry and poignant narrative set in the East German town of Altenburg after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Jumping among an array of confused characters caught in the crossroads of their country's history, Schulze masterfully intercuts various enigmatic vignettes, gradually linking them into an exhilarating whole of tidal emotional force. With his piercing eye for detail and magical ear for dialogue, Schulze reveals the tragi-comedy of ordinary people caught up in the last great historical upheaval of the century.

About the Author

Ingo Schulze lives in Dresden, Germany

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375705120
Author:
Schulze, Ingo
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.03x5.18x.68 in. .48 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , With his award-winning story collection, 33 Moments of Happiness, Ingo Shulze established himself as a vital new voice of German fiction. With his first novel he enhances his status as a writer of singular ability.<P>Simple Stories is a wry and poignant narrative set in the East German town of Altenburg after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Jumping among an array of confused characters caught in the crossroads of their country's history, Schulze masterfully intercuts various enigmatic vignettes, gradually linking them into an exhilarating whole of tidal emotional force. With his piercing eye for detail and magical ear for dialogue, Schulze reveals the tragi-comedy of ordinary people caught up in the last great historical upheaval of the century.
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