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How German Is It Paperback – November 17, 1980
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The setting of this story is a town that was once the site of a concentration camp. For posterity the camp has been leveled and a modern town has been built and named after Germany's most celebrated contemporary philosopher. The story surrounds a writer who is the son of a former high ranking German military officer executed for his role in the 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler. While not a military story, this novel weaves through the daily activities of this man and the constantly reminders of the events past due to relationships both professional and personal, and a small band of terrorists, a very interesting plot.
Although written in 1980, terrorism is explored as a form of expression for the disgruntled.Read more ›
The central character is Ulrich a writer who is the son of a former high ranking German military officer executed for his role in the 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler. He and his brother a modernist architect are from the aristocratic elite who supported Hitler's anti-communist stance as a political necessity. We first meet Ulrich having returned to the new post war town and discover that he had been caught up with a terrorist cell who were imprisoned based on his evidence so he and his wife are free. This has serious consequences as it clear that his wife who leaves him believes in the terrorist cause as may one of his girl friends. His brother, Helmuth is helping to build the new Germany and is in cahoots with the Mayor and has a chaotic sex life causing his marriage to fall about. This again ripples through the novel and helps to shape the climax of the story.
A servant who saved the family in the fall of Nazi Germany lives in the new town and serves in the best restaurant and is known and loved by the two brothers. But it's clear in the web of relationships that build up that not all is as it seems. As the character's relationships build up a picture of who Ulrich is and why he must react in the final count in the way he does, we also start to discover that the new town is built on the ruins of a concentration camp and a willingness to try and ignore the past.Read more ›
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This is a story about a German family in the 1970s, and backwards to Nazi times. Father was a Stauffenberg co-conspirator and was executed in 1944. Read morePublished on August 22, 2010 by H. Schneider
Not sure if this book is devilishly funny or just devilish. Anyway, it got me laughing out loud. Don't know what that says about me, because the novel seems to be an attempt to... Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by Ronald Scheer
Ulrich returns to Germany after laying low in France having played his part in the conviction of a terrorist gang his ex wife is a major player in. Read morePublished on September 8, 2009 by An admirer of Saul
I finally finished How German Is It? and admit that I found it challenging, and maybe not very enjoyable. Read morePublished on December 23, 2008 by Michael P. McCullough
This unconventional novel is about German society after WWII. It is unconventional in the way it tells the story and some of the quirky devices such as the lack of use of quotation... Read morePublished on January 6, 2007 by Reader in Virginia
Story begun to unravel itself quite interesting, yet somehow familiar. We see a character with unknown (to us) but troubling past who is returning to his homeplace from Paris. Read morePublished on April 7, 2005 by Matko Vladanovic
Noticing a photographer's ever-handy camera, Ulrich, the not so subtly Musilian main character of this novel, is led "to question this fixation, this need or necessity to... Read morePublished on April 5, 2004
Wow, when I first read this book it actually made me THINK about the characters when I was away from the book. Read morePublished on June 21, 2000 by Aviva Dream