First published in East Germany in 1982 and in West Germany four years later, this collection of short prose firmly established Gabriele Eckart in German literary circles (her poetry had earlier won the critics' praise). Eckart's stories offer a panorama of East German life: sharply drawn vignettes in which "the familiar, the all-too-familiar, takes place alongside the surprising and the bizarre. . . . Authentic sketches with delicate strokes, concise, to the point."—(Aschaffenburg) Main-Echo.
Although East Germany disappeared from the map in 1990, the experiences of the people who endured, evaded, challenged, and thwarted the socialist regime will long affect a reunified Germany. These stories are powerful and moving reminders of what conditions were like not so long ago.
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Gabriele Eckart was born in East Germany in 1954 and earned a master's-level degree in philosophy and aesthetics in 1976. The first of her three major collections of poetry appeared in 1979. She has also published a collection of interviews with workers (which was banned by East German censors) and a novella. She immigrated to the United States in 1987 and now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Wayne Kvam is a professor of English at Kent State University. His most recent book is a translation and edition, Conjurations: The Poems of Sarah Kirsch (1985).Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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Book Description University of Nebraska Press, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0803267223