Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History

Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History

by Simon Winder
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Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History by Simon Winder

Germania is propelled by a wish to reclaim the brilliant, chaotic, endlessly varied German civilization that the Nazis buried and ruined, and that, since 1945, so many Germans have worked to rebuild. A very funny book on serious topics—-how we are misled by history, how we twist history, and how sometimes it is best to know no history at all. It is a book full of curiosities: odd food, castles, mad princes, fairy tales, and horse-mating videos. It is about the limits of language, the meaning of culture, and the pleasure of townscape, and "a book you will return to time and again" (The Florida Times-Union).

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ISBN-13: 9780312680688
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 208,606
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

SIMON WINDER has spent far too much time in Germany, denying himself a lot of sunshine and fresh fruit just to write Germania. He is the author of the highly praised The Man Who Saved Britain (FSG, 2006) and works in publishing in London.

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Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
FTLReviewer More than 1 year ago
I bought and read Germania after having bought and read Danubia, the author's succeeding volume, after having read a positive review. Both are charming, idiosyncratic ventures into the complex histories of the German states, beginning with the Roman settlement of the Rhineland and the wanderings of Germanic tribes outside the empire, and of the Habsburg lands. There is, of course, some overlap between the volumes, as the Habsburgs became the hereditary emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. The books are amusing and make reading complex history a pleasure. I recommend both books without reservation.
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