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Simple Stories: A Novel from the East German Provinces / Edition 1
     

Simple Stories: A Novel from the East German Provinces / Edition 1

by Ingo Schulze
 

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ISBN-10: 0375705120

ISBN-13: 2900375705129

Pub. Date: 04/28/2002

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group



With the publication of his award—winning story collection, 33 Moments of Happiness, Ingo Shulze established himself as a vital new voice of German fiction. With this, his first novel, he enhances his international status as a writer of daring innovation and singular storytelling ability.

Simple Stories is a wry and poignant

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With the publication of his award—winning story collection, 33 Moments of Happiness, Ingo Shulze established himself as a vital new voice of German fiction. With this, his first novel, he enhances his international status as a writer of daring innovation and singular storytelling ability.

Simple Stories is a wry and poignant narrative set in the East German town of Altenburg after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Jumping among an array of confused characters caught in the crossroads of their country’s history, Schulze masterfully intercuts various enigmatic vignettes, gradually linking them into an exhilarating whole of tidal emotional force. With his piercing eye for detail and magical ear for dialogue, Shulze reveals the tragi-comedy of ordinary people caught up in the last great historical upheaval of the century.

Translated from German by John E. Woods.

“Ingo Schulze is our new epic storyteller.”–Günter Grass

“[Simple Stories] explores the aftermath of living in what was perhaps the most spied-on society in history…with snapshots of the confusion, insecurity and sorrow that accompany freedom.”–Chicago Tribune

“Wonderful…. Schulze is a baroquely expansive comic.”–The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900375705129
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304

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