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My Father, the Germans and I: Essays, Lectures, Interviews (German List)


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Jürek Becker (1937-97) is best known for his novel Jacob the Liar, which follows the life of a man, who, like Becker, lived in the Lódz ghetto during the German occupation of Poland in World War II. Throughout his career, Becker also wrote nonfiction, and the essays, lectures, and interviews collected in My Father, the Germans and I share a common thread in that they each speak to Beckers interactions with and opinions on the social, political, and cultural conditions of twentieth-century Germany.

Becker, who had lived in both German states and in unified Germany, was passionately and humorously active in the political debates of his time. Becker never directly aligned himself with either the political ideology of East Germany or the capitalist market forces of West Germany. The remains of fascism in postwar Germany, and the demise of Socialism, as well as racism and xenophobic violence, were topics that perpetually interested Becker. However, his writings, as evidenced in this collection, were never pedantic, but always entertaining, retaining the sense of humor that made his novels so admired.

My Father, the Germans and I gives expression to an exceptional authors perception of himself and the world and to his tireless attempt to bring his own unique tone of linguistic brevity, irony, and balance to German relations.


About the Author

Jürek Becker (1937-1997) was a Holocaust survivor and one of the few novelists of Jewish heritage in post-World War II Germany. He was the author of many acclaimed novels, including Jacob the Liar, Sleepless Days, and Bronsteins Children. Christine Becker grew up in a notable German publishing family and studied German literature and publishing at the Freie University in Berlin. In 2004, Becker edited the published collection of letters written by her husband between 1969-96, entitled Your Nonpareils, followed by a collection of essays, interviews and lectures, entitled My Father, the Germans and I, in 2007; both are published by Suhrkamp. She lives in Berlin.

Table of Contents



My Way of Being a Jew

Writers East and West

Resistance in Jakob der Lügner

On the Decline of Culture in Our Times

On the Value of Civil Rights

This is Unreliable Information

Marianna D. Birnbaum, University of California, in conversation with Jurek Becker


Is Socialism Over and Done With?


The State of Europe


The Invisible City


It Tales Two to Spy:  On the Way We Deal With the GDR Past


On the Tools of Writers


On Germany


The Centipede


It Is Like a Thunderstorm


Herlinde Koelbl in conversation with Jurek Becker




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Becker, Jurek
Seagull Books
Becker, Christine
Becker, Juler
Becker, Christine
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