Invention of the Curried Sausage

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An ingenious, revealing, and charming tale about the invention of a popular German sidewalk food by a woman who met, seduced, and held captive a deserter in April, 1945, just before the war's end.The Invention of Curried Sausage is an ingenious, revealing, and delightful novel about the invention of a popular German sidewalk food. Uwe Timm has heard claims that currywurst first appeared in Berlin in the 1950s, but he seems to recall having eaten it much earlier, as a boy in his native Hamburg, at a stand owned ...
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Overview

An ingenious, revealing, and charming tale about the invention of a popular German sidewalk food by a woman who met, seduced, and held captive a deserter in April, 1945, just before the war's end.The Invention of Curried Sausage is an ingenious, revealing, and delightful novel about the invention of a popular German sidewalk food. Uwe Timm has heard claims that currywurst first appeared in Berlin in the 1950s, but he seems to recall having eaten it much earlier, as a boy in his native Hamburg, at a stand owned and operated by Lena Brücker. He decides to check it out. Although the discovery of curried sausage is eventually explained, it is its prehistory - about how Lena Brücker met, seduced and held captive a German deserter in Hamburg, in April, 1945, just before the war's end-that is the tastiest part. Timm draws gorgeous details from Lena's fine-grained recollections, and the pleasure these provide her and the reader supply the tale's real charm.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“A best-seller in Germany, this highly entertaining, powerful work will dazzle American readers.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The ubiquitous German curbside fare is found to have origins in a furtive romance. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811213684
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Uwe Timm was born in Hamburg, Germany. His first novel, Hot Summer, was published in 1974. New Directions publishes five of his novels, including the German best selling, The Invention of Curried Sausage, and the award winning, Morenga. After apprenticing as a furrier, Timm studied philosophy and philology in Paris and Munich. He is the 1989 winner of the Munich Literary Prize. He has been called an "extraordinary story teller" (The New Yorker) and "one of the best living German Writers" (Kirkus Reviews).

Leila Vennewitz was the distinguished translator of Heinrich Böll and other postwar German writers, including Jurek Becker and Martin Walser. She won numerous awards for her translations. She died in 2007.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    Curried sausage: unexpected treasure

    My book club read this in the context of our "food" theme of the year after boredom was beginning to creep in from reading too many recipes and biographies of food critics. We all loved this book and highly recommend it. While curried sausage triggers the author's memory, it serves to track an WWII story not often told, one that draws you in quietly but certainly. As the main character barters all aspects of her life, readers keep negotiating with themselves,to have dinner or keep reading?

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