The Wall Jumper: A Berlin Story

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"Schneider's characters, like Kundera's, are sentient and sophisticated figures at a time when the constraints of Communist rule persist but its energy has entirely vanished."—Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Book Review

When the Berlin Wall was still the most tangible representation of the Cold War, Peter Schneider made this political and ideological symbol into something personal, that could be perceived on a human level, from more than one side. In Schneider's Berlin, real people cross the Wall not to defect but to quarrel with their lovers, see Hollywood movies, and sometimes just because they can't help themselves—the Wall has divided their emotions as much as it has their country.

"An honest, rich book. . . . It is one those rare books that come back at odd moments to intrude on your comfortable conclusions and easy images."—Robert Houston, Nation

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Peter Schneider was born in Luebeck, Germany, in 1940. He is the author of more than 20 books, including novels, short stories and collections of essays, and his writings have been translated into more than 20 languages. Among those in English are The Wall Jumper (1983), Couplings (1996) and his most recent novel, Eduard's Homecoming (2000). As a journalist, he has contributed to Der Spiegel, The New York Times, Time and Le Monde among many others. He has also written several screenplays. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he is Roth Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Georgetown University. Ian McEwan has written two collections of stories, First Love, Last Rites and In Between the Sheets, and ten novels, The Cement Garden, The Comfort of Strangers, The Child in Time, The Innocent, Black Dogs, The Daydreamer, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, Atonement and Saturday. He won the Booker Prize for Amsterdam in 1998.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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