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Roads to Berlin
     

Roads to Berlin

by Cees Nooteboom, Laura Watkinson
 

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ISBN-10: 1623650976

ISBN-13: 9781623650971

Pub. Date: 10/01/2013

Publisher: Quercus

The winner of numerous literary awards including the Anne Frank Prize and Goethe Prize, Cees Nooteboom, novelist, poet and journalist, "is a careful prose stylist of a notably philosophical bent." (J.M. Coetzee, The New York Review of Books)

In Roads to Berlin, Nooteboom's reportage, "from a 1963 Khrushchev rally in East Berlin to the tearing down

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The winner of numerous literary awards including the Anne Frank Prize and Goethe Prize, Cees Nooteboom, novelist, poet and journalist, "is a careful prose stylist of a notably philosophical bent." (J.M. Coetzee, The New York Review of Books)

In Roads to Berlin, Nooteboom's reportage, "from a 1963 Khrushchev rally in East Berlin to the tearing down of the Palast der Republik, brilliantly captures the intensity of the capital and its -associated layers of memory,'" The Economist said. The book maps the changing landscape of post-World-War-II Germany, from the period before the fall of the Berlin Wall to the present. Written and updated over the course of several decades, an eyewitness account of the pivotal events of 1989 gives way to a perceptive appreciation of its difficult passage to reunification. Nooteboom's writings on politics, people, architecture, and culture are as digressive as they are eloquent; his innate curiosity takes him through the landscapes of Heine and Goethe, steeped in Romanticism and mythology, and to Germany's baroque cities. With an outsider's objectivity he has crafted an intimate portrait of the country to its present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623650971
Publisher:
Quercus
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Part I 1

Prologue: Crossing the Border 3

Intermezzo in the Third Person: Vestigia pedis 123

Second Intermezzo: Ancient Times 141

Part II 257

Berlin Suite 259

Dead Aeroplanes and Eagles Everywhere 273

Village within the Wall 285

Rheinsberg: An Intermezzo 289

Return to Berlin 301

Part III 323

Part IV 381

A Visit to the Chancellor 383

Epilogue 395

Glossary including biographical and other explanatory notes 403

Afterword to Part I 417

Notes on this Edition 419

Index 421

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