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My Father, the Germans and I: Essays, Lectures, Interviews

My Father, the Germans and I: Essays, Lectures, Interviews (Hardback)

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Jurek Becker (1937-97) is best known for his novel "Jacob the Liar", which follows the life of a man who, like Becker, lived in the Lodz ghetto during the German occupation of Poland in World War II. Throughout his career, Becker also wrote nonfiction, and the essays, lectures, and interviews collected in My Father, the Germans and I share a common thread in that they each speak to Becker's interactions with and opinions on the social, political, and cultural conditions of twentieth-century Germany. Becker, who lived in both German states and in unified Germany, was passionately and humorously active in the political debates of his time. Becker never directly aligned himself with either the political ideology of East Germany or the capitalist market forces of West Germany. The remains of fascism in postwar Germany, and the demise of Socialism, as well as racism and xenophobic violence, were topics that perpetually interested Becker. However, his writings, as evidenced in this collection, were never pedantic, but always entertaining, retaining the sense of humor that made his novels so admired.

"My Father, the Germans and I" gives expression to an exceptional author's perception of himself and the world and to his tireless attempt to bring his own unique tone of linguistic brevity, irony, and balance to German relations.

Essays & WritingEssays & Journalism Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd Publication Date: 01/12/2010 ISBN-13: 9781906497477  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jurek Becker was one of the few novelists of Jewish heritage in post - World War II Germany. He is the author of many acclaimed novels, including Jacob the Liar, Sleepless Days, and Bronstein's Children. Christine Becker edited her husband's collection of letters Your Nonpareils.

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