To the end, he defends Heiko and his own practice of cheating at soccer by identifying and then manipulating acquiescent players. It is a show-stopping passage in this dramatic monologue. He does not qualify for re-training, or new educational opportunities e. Somehow Brussig manages to communicate this profound sense of injury—to which we all can presumably relate—in the sovereign-sounding voice of an entertaining wit.
Negatively, to be sure, but perhaps for this reason all the more powerfully, this play strongly evokes Marxist ideals of overcoming alienation and economic exploitation. Thus far I have been examining the ostensible role of history in a handful of core works of contemporary German culture that unambiguously foreground the historical Wende, but more importantly ask us to consider the more enduring question of what Marxist-inspired social values should survive the collapse of the GDR.
wordbridtinkbi.tk While critics understandably insist on applying the measuring stick of historical veracity, we have seen that historical veracity, while recurrent at least as a claim, is in fact secondary in a whole variety of ways. The Wenderoman can afford to be partisan in the service of social ideals in a way that historiography cannot or can not overtly avow. It will use just enough history and just enough fiction to make its point, but remains in the end pseudo-historical.
One could even argue that in the immediate or still proximate wake of , we are in a better position to reevaluate not the last twenty-plus years, but the more distant past we know relatively better. Paradoxically, the Wenderoman becomes in a sense a postwar novel par excellence.
Das war die Frage. Hatte das was mit neunzehnhundertvierzig zu tun?
Mit jener Zeit, in der deutsche Soldaten die Osterbrodgade entlangmarschierten, und man hatte sie doch gar nicht gerufen? Sowtschick can only see the U. He harbors a deep resentment toward the United States alongside an equally powerful fascination for it—after all, he eagerly accepts the invitation for the month-long visit, even while he worries that others may have been asked first and declined the offer before the Goethe Institute finally got down to his name on their list.
In the following excerpt rendered in free indirect speech erlebte Rede Sowtschick hits upon many of the themes that will recur throughout his adventures across America. LG He chafes at the idea that a culturally inferior country such as the United States enjoys a geo-political position that allows it to push the culturally superior Germany around. He doggedly seeks out American bombardiers of German cities to ask how they feel about what they did.
Sowtschick is not, however, in a particularly righteous position to be making this criticism: indeed, he seems to have been involved in some nasty business during the war.
So his pursuit may well constitute an effort to deflect attention from his own past. In any case, his experience of the American preoccupation with the Nazi period of German history—something he encounters at virtually every US university German department he visits—may not be totally misplaced. He may, in other words, deserve some of the myopic and prejudicial treatment he receives at the hands of Americans who nurture stereotypical views of Germans as Nazis.
He is of that generation that makes him suspect in the eyes of a number of his hosts.
In addition to a questionable past, he has an uncertain career in the present: he seems not to be much of a writer, despite the commercial success that allows him and his wife to live in considerable comfort. Like Diogenes with his lamp, but without his virtue, Sowtschick looks for these ex-pilots every place he stops—but he never finds a single one. Even readers who know that Nazi Germany pursued a suicidal policy of defending its cities to the bitter end, even when there was no hope of military success Bessel, op. What must it feel like, what should it feel like, to have dropped bombs on so many defenseless citizens?
And why is this question so systematically suppressed in American public culture? Americans as terrorists? Only the boozy, has-been German author Sowtschick, hardly known in the US even to Germanists, could get away with this. In fact, it is incredibly funny, with barbed and sophisticated humor.
Germanists of a certain age those old enough to have studied or taught during the Cold War will enjoy the delicious depiction of US departments of German, where writers like Sowtschick so often gave their readings. All the other FRG-sponsored authors quite agree that the GDR is the superior state, though of course none of them lives there, and all are quite content to have their bread buttered in the West.
He shows a modicum of interest of what must be the occupation of the German embassy in Hungary, but the reference is not overt. For though he watches the television news, he fails to report to us what he is seeing, and probably does not understand the English well enough. The unfolding collapse of the GDR does not quite rise to the level of importance of his other concerns, chief of which is his desire to be paid in cash for every reading, even when his appearance is cancelled.
What kind of Wenderoman is this? Kempowski presents in this ostensibly light-hearted picaresque novel of pages a humorous and bitingly critical view on a world order that was about to disappear. Particularly the relationship of the US to Germany was about to change. The Cold War era, which cast West Germany as a kind of vassal state, was about to melt away. For one feels that Kempowski is not only describing what fell away, but also actively suggesting what still might come to be. All entirely duped? Does someone with the Nazi past of Sowtschick get to occupy the moral high ground?
Simply by evoking them, he raises the question of their viability within the new capitalist-triumphalist dispensation. The Wenderoman is only truly impossible if we fail to take the broader view. Looking backward, so to speak, the past provides a rich archive of potential works: the reprise of any number of previously unknown DEFA films continues to expand the oeuvre.
This renders any generalization—any attempt at characterizing a set that itself remains open-ended—provisional at best. Nevertheless, we can ascertain—even if only in the negative—a common aspiration toward reconciliation with potentially viable or at least truly lamentable aspects of the GDR Marxist vision of a more just, egalitarian society. None of these works has an overt political program; none has a revanchist or specifically ideological agenda. Implicitly, suggestively, however, they hold before our minds vestiges of a past society that persist, sometimes naggingly and irritatingly, into the present.
The only thing that distinguishes him in this respect is his interest in cities other than Dresden. In a no doubt curious manner, he opens the door to re-writing history, to reconsidering postwar verities, and to recovering suppressed truths. But this, too, is a near impossible task. These are all to some extent or other pleasing fictions that may simply remain in the realm of the imagination, or worse, stand in for real social change.
It is simply impossible to tell. I thank the principal organizers, Karen Hagemann and Konrad Jarausch. This essay is a revised version of that talk. Why Literature Matters in the 21 st Century.
New Haven: Yale UP, Chicago: Northwestern, Kleine Literaturgeschichte der DDR. Berlin: Aufbau, , and Wehdeking, Volker. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, See also Fischer, Gerhard, and David Roberts. Schreiben nach der Wende. Indeed, the key role Hector attributes to the Stasi receives repeated attention throughout her study. See in addition pp. Schriften zur mecklenburgischen Landesgeschichte. Daneben werden Jennys Orgasmusprobleme konstatiert, analysiert und therapiert.
This, along with the gradual ascendancy of the so-called second and third generations in Germany, has led to palpably more relaxed treatment and reception of the Holocaust. Indeed, it has largely ceased to be traumatic—if it ever really was—and has become incorporated into German and world history. The New Republic Online. Band 1: Untersuchungen. Band 2: Bibliographie. The GDR Remembered.
Representations of the East German State since Rochester, NY: Camden House, In chronicling the stultifying assembly-line work of these women, the film also offers—as unlikely as it may seem—a critique of the quintessentially e. For an informative discussion of the film, see Hodgin, Nick. Paul Cooke, and Chris Homewood.
Tauris, Public domain; cinematic trailer. Accessed May 11, Special issue of German Politics and Society Public domain. In These Times 18 May : n. This is actually a discussion that needs to be broken down to specific scenes, narrative strands, or themes, rather than rendered as a judgment on the film as a whole.
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She repeatedly affirmed its faithfulness to history, but always with reference to the interrogation scenes, not with regard to the redemption of the Stasi captain. Da viele ihr Geschichtsbild aus solchen Streifen beziehen. Good Bye, Lenin! Though you may want to take my work with a grain of salt today. Abteilung, at least and prior, was used to refer to battalions, as in Panzerabteilung.
It could also refer to detachments. It seems to have stimulated a more episodic style, kind of half way between novel and short story. I understand the rumor is that the space ships look like Star Furies. The tidal forces on that planet must be insane. Did you write a Clone Wars book?