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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A day of pleasant exchanges. More recent novelists have turned their attention to this question with equally unsure conclusions: The Hargenaus were an important family, until their father turned against the Nazi’s and was executed for plotting hlw Hitler.

How German Is It?

May 20, Sean rated grman really liked it Shelves: Abish, books, germany, greatest, […]. His second novel, Alphabetical Africacemented his reputation. Do i then leave the fainting person there and do it myself, or do I take care of the fainting person first? Only the present will not let them. But it is better than reading Peter Handke’s Across. Sep 12, Jane egrman it it was amazing Recommends it for: And if you don’t get it, I will just let you know that the city where he is staying is a modern place built with all the positive styles of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s on top of a destroyed concentration camp.

Consider what I experienced about 2 months ago. His second novel, Alphabetical Africacemented his reputation. Germsn studied just enough deutsch to get the German asides, and having recently moved to Berlin I laughed out loud in agreement with Abish’s insights i. Fornication and adultery are the best entertainment.


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After finishing, I abandoned the book on Amtrak Northeast. The prose is brilliant—at times fluid and zbish, but mostly abiding by a stark, matter-of-factness that is delivered in short, standalone paragraphs throughout the novel’s entirety.

The answers Abish finds to these questions are not always satisfactory, if only because Abish himself was uncertain of them. This is the kind of book you start reading, and you immediately get very excited about.

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How German Is It is perhaps his most celebrated novel, and certainly his most complex. It is chiefly a character-driven story, and it’s through his skilled characterization that Abish is able to present such a layered portrait of post-war Germany.

Part of the book With a title like this and a last name like minehow could I not read this book? Erika, stop it immediately. Especially people of German origins. Wie deutsch ist dieser Roman? He’s not like them, but if you like W. A day of pleasant exchanges. When a water main bursts, however, it’s revealed that the town has been built over the mass graves of the Durst concentration camp.

This is an introduction to the German tranquillity and decorum. In adopting the name of Brumhold we have also, in all seriousness, embraced his lifelong claim to the questions: In Alphabetical Africa, for instance, the first chapter consists entirely of words beginning with the letter “A.


One of the best experimental-procedural novels, full stop. Each chapter of that book played pseudo-alliterative rules: No trivia or quizzes yet.


You are commenting using your Twitter account. Be the first to discover new talent! So far Abish has only published three novels, three collections of short stories, one book of poetry and one autobiography.

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He did feel more at home, but that did not mean that he liked it. Decades later, he finds his life defined by his cowardice in testifying against members of a terrorist group with which he and his wife have strong ties. This is one of the more memorable novels I’ve read in the last five years. In he published Double Vision: Feb 20, Azabu rated it really liked it.

Please provide an email address. Aug 07, Cerisaye is currently reading it.

People out for a stroll, affably greeting their neighbours. A d every ten mins he’d break off with exercises. Dec 19, Pelks rated it really kt it. Abish’s narration is so thick with irony you couldn’t cut it with a buzzsaw.