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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 country’s 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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The fall of the Berlin Wall has profound implications on the lives and fortunes of the inhabitants of Altenburg, a deadbeat small town in a newly united Germany, as ordinary people struggle to come to terms with a historical event that transforms the world as they knew it. Reprint.

About the Author

Ingo Schulze, born in Dresden in 1962, studied classical philology at the University of Jena. His first book, 33 Moments of Happiness, won both Germany's prestigious Alfred Döblin Prize and the Ernst Willner Prize for Literature. He lives in Berlin.

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ISBN:
9780307427755
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Schulze, Ingo
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Ingo Schulze
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Literary
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Publication Date:
20020409
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
304

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"Synopsis" by , The fall of the Berlin Wall has profound implications on the lives and fortunes of the inhabitants of Altenburg, a deadbeat small town in a newly united Germany, as ordinary people struggle to come to terms with a historical event that transforms the world as they knew it. Reprint.
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