The question How German Is It underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s novel, an icy panorama of contemporary. The question HOW GERMAN IS IT underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s new novel, an icy panorama of contemporary Germany. The question implicit in the title of Walter Abish’s novel1 immediat alerts us to problems moment in German history, Abish plays with the familiar images such .

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The idea of the modern German identity is an interesting one to me. Feb 20, Azabu rated it really liked it. To ask other readers questions about How German Is Itplease sign up. People out for a stroll, affably greeting their neighbours. The book captures so well a snapshot of one community’s struggle to progress in democratic style while still hampered by entrenched class issues and lingering fascist mindsets.

Sebald or The Good Soldier: All I’m saying is, remember that you’ve read it so you don’t get sucked into the vacuum that erases your memory of the thing. Abish is amazing – this book unfolds so slowly and carefully, so much discipline and control.

How German Is It is perhaps his most celebrated novel, and certainly his most complex. Helmuthmust reconcile their private pasts with that of their history as a whole.

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It was surprising and strong. In the entire history of a culture, a culture in which Jews were a vital and important part, “How German” is one fifteen year period of time?

And, until later in the book, we don’t get confirmation of this, but when we do it’s welcome and pleasing as a reading experience. However it was a real yawn and took strength to press through and finish. I did learn some about Germany as the book was educational at times.


How German is ‘it’ — meaning: I need to apply for a drivers’ license because there is no recirpocity between Germany and my home US state, despite the fact that I have been driving for 25 years. On his return from Paris to his home city of Wurtenburg, Ulrich Gdrman, whose father was executed for his involvement in the plot against Hitler, is compelled to ask himself, “How German am I?

Vie Hpw Ist Es? His brother, Helmuth, a successful architect who designed the police station in Brumholdstein only to see it blown up by the terrorist group operating in the areabegins to suffer from similar concerns. In the seventies and eighties there remained a certain hostility towards German and Germany and not just among the older generations, so a novel centred on present day well, s Germans’ relationship to Germany’s Nazi past interested me from the POV of gaining insight abiah the ‘other side’ although we are talking about more than a generation ago now, which matters more in Germany than most nations, I suspect.


Uow actually really loved the pace and tone of this book. It is too clever and too shallow, T. Penguin Modern Classics, pp.

It took me much longer than expected to finish this book. In comparison to her, Gisela was by far more agile, more inventive. Retrieved from ” https: Aug 07, Cerisaye is currently reading it.

This is the introduction to the German Sontag. But what I think might be the real topic at hand here is not Germany, but America. People out for a stroll, affably greeting their neighbours.

This act forces Ulrich to face up to his responsibility and to himself, and leads to the devastatingly satirical end. A mesmeric peep into the postwar German psyche.

Gemran the end it seems that nothing is what it seems and that the familiar can pave over deep secrets β€” just as the paving stones outside the familiar bakery conceal a mass grave β€” and just as the familiarity of marriage can hide seething resentments. In he published Double Vision: About half way through this novel teacher Anna Heller is discussing with her primary school students the concept of familiarity.