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Slow Fire

Slow Fire

by Susan Neiman
     
 

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Berlin—"East" and "West," day and of course night—throughout the 80s before the Wall came down. In the eyes of an American philosophy student. And Jewish, which makes for moments at once awkward, poignant, resonant, unspoken, crass, funny, and always lurking.

Most of all, Susan Neiman can write, as borne out again by her books to follow this debut. Here

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Berlin—"East" and "West," day and of course night—throughout the 80s before the Wall came down. In the eyes of an American philosophy student. And Jewish, which makes for moments at once awkward, poignant, resonant, unspoken, crass, funny, and always lurking.

Most of all, Susan Neiman can write, as borne out again by her books to follow this debut. Here, we live the Reagan years with her—when a city was divided, America the occupier, and the cigarettes not named "Salem" because it sounds too Jewish.

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Peter Becker folded an easel in the corner to make a table. He brought cold cuts and bread and asked me what I thought of his paintings. Later I would learn that people here always ask you what you think of their paintings, and that it's wrong just to say you find them interesting, but perfectly alright to say you find them awful. . . . You come from a Jewish family, don't you?" asked Becker. "Yes," I said. "It doesn't matter," said the other painter. Doesn't matter? To whom?

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In 1982, philosophy student Neiman set off for Berlin to study at the Free University. This entertaining memoir, strongly colored by the author's inquiring mind, bohemian inclinations, and Jewish background, recounts her six-year stay in the formerly divided city. Somewhat misleadingly titled, Neiman's reminiscences are not strictly limited to Jewish questions; rather her scope encompasses a wide range of Berlin-related subjects from life in the East to the byzantine characters that keep popping up. Of the many personal accounts of Berlin that have appeared in recent years (John Borneman's After the Wall and Hsi-Huey Liang's Berlin Before the Wall , both LJ 2/15/91; Robert Darnton's Berlin Journal, 1989-1990 , LJ 5/1/91), this is one of the liveliest and most captivating. However, it remains to be seen whether a unified Berlin will continue to provide such enthralling material for talented writers.--Ian Wallace, Agriculture Canada Lib., St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610270311
Publisher:
Quid Pro, LLC
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Meet the Author

Director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany, and former professor of philosophy at Yale and Tel Aviv University. Her 2008 book "Moral Clarity" was named one of the year's Notable Books by the New York Times. She holds her Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard.

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