The Wall Jumper: A Berlin Story by Peter SchneiderThe Wall Jumper: A Berlin Story by Peter Schneider

The Wall Jumper: A Berlin Story

byPeter Schneider

Paperback | November 1, 1998

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"Schneider's characters, like Kundera's, are sentient and sophisticated figures at a time when the constraints of Communist rule persist but its energy has entirely vanished."—Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Book Review

When the Berlin Wall was still the most tangible representation of the Cold War, Peter Schneider made this political and ideological symbol into something personal, that could be perceived on a human level, from more than one side. In Schneider's Berlin, real people cross the Wall not to defect but to quarrel with their lovers, see Hollywood movies, and sometimes just because they can't help themselves—the Wall has divided their emotions as much as it has their country.

"An honest, rich book. . . . It is one those rare books that come back at odd moments to intrude on your comfortable conclusions and easy images."—Robert Houston, Nation
Title:The Wall Jumper: A Berlin StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226739414

ISBN - 13:9780226739410

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A German Classic This book is at the heart and soul of German literature. This story takes a modern approach to the German storytelling technique; that is, a story within a story, within a story. Brilliantly written, this book pulls the reader in to the realities of the Democratic German Republic, and the tales and fables attributed to the life and times of the land. This book also pulls away from the epistemological approach to communist literature, and instead, presents the very human realities of East Germany. This is overall a fun read, and a well rounded way of getting a diverse perspective of what life was like in the Eastern Bloc.
Date published: 2017-06-02

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“Schneider’s description of the Berlin Wall from both sides . . . is the ultimate depiction of this structure. Nothing more need be said.”