Midsummer Night by Uwe TimmMidsummer Night by Uwe Timm

Midsummer Night

byUwe TimmTranslated byPeter Tegel

Paperback | February 22, 2000

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If this, Uwe Timm's enchanting novel, were a cautionary tale, the tag line would go something like this: Should you plan to be in Berlin on Midsummer Night, the time of the summer solstice – Watch Out! The narrator of Timm's story is a writer who simply can't get started on his next book. So he accepts a commission to write an article about potatoes. He has some interest in the subject because of an uncle who could, remarkably, from taste alone, differentiate one species of potato from another. Since one of the authorities on the subject worked in East Berlin, our hero takes off to do some research. Rushing around the newly united city, he becomes involved in a series of madcap adventures, strange entanglements, and odd, sometimes threatening encounters. Uwe Timm spins a fascinating tale here, one filled with surprise, magic, comedy, and hope.
Peter Tegel fled Sudetenland, a region of the former Czechoslovakia, at the age of six with his Czech-German family. He escaped to Britain to avoid the Nazis and then graduated from Balliol College, Oxford. He has produced translations of German, French and Russian literature. Currently, Tegel is co-chair of the Pushkin Club, a nonpoli...
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Title:Midsummer NightFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.75 inPublished:February 22, 2000Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0811214206

ISBN - 13:9780811214209

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Presented as an irresistible, deceptively light narrative, this novel follows the plight of a struggling writer. Unable to find inspiration for his next book, the narrator in this tale agrees to write an article about potatoes. As the narrator rushes between the East and West sectors of Berlin in Midsummer Night, he becomes involved in a series of odd, sometimes threatening encounters with all sorts of people and strange elements.