The question How German Is It underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s novel, an icy panorama of contemporary. The question HOW GERMAN IS IT underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s new novel, an icy panorama of contemporary Germany. The question implicit in the title of Walter Abish’s novel1 immediat alerts us to problems moment in German history, Abish plays with the familiar images such .

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His postmodern flourishes serve to accentuate the newness and uncertainty of the moments in time he writes about, while also raising larger questions about humanity and the Holocaust.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Abish both creates a unique narrative and explores the nature of being German. Abish is amazing – this book unfolds so slowly and carefully, so much discipline and control. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Vie Waletr Ist Es? Reading this for the second time. This is the introduction to the German Sontag. Could not get xbish it.

How German Is It? by Walter Abish

Refresh and try again. Helmuth is a prosperous architect and Ulrich is a writer of popular autobiographical fiction. His second novel, Alphabetical Africacemented his reputation. Even after reading the back summary, trying to process the cover photo, and attempting to understand where Abish fit into literature somewhere in the ’70s Barthelme burn-all-the-rules-down-in-a-weird-humorous-way slice of things, I believeI still may have taken my time starting this one.

Decades later, he finds his life defined by his cowardice in testifying against members of a terrorist group with which he and his wife have strong ties. I’m saving those only for things that literally knock me over. Even the way the writer deals with the fact that there was not a more beautiful summer since will trap you, snare you and hurt you.


What I found was a calmly sinister, subtly I am absolutely in love with this book and probably wouldn’t have picked it up if I wasn’t hi-jacking a friend’s reading list for my own selfish gains thanks Eric.

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How German Is It is perhaps his most celebrated novel, and certainly his most complex. The former is illustrated by a town renamed after a contemporary philosopher where the past is literall A young Walter Abish and his parents fled Aish in the late s and after the better part of two decades first in Shanghai, then Israel, he came to America, finally ia to publish English fiction and poetry in his early 40s.

Retrieved 21 July His two sons, Helmuth, a somewhat uptight architect and Ulrich, a novelist with a past involvement with a terrorist group, must reconcile with this legacy. During these often soap-operatic jaunts, a sense of complacency settled over me, though not enough to fully squelch my nagging awareness of the bad thing possibly lurking around the corner.

The novel revolves around the Hargenau brothers, Ulrich and Helmut, and their lives in and around the fictional German town of Wurtenburg. Notify me of new comments via email. Be the first to discover new talent! Nov 10, Emi Bevacqua rated it really liked it Shelves: Penguin Modern Classics, pp. The guy germxn his all to this First Aid stuff as if his life depended on it–which maybe it did since Germans have to do everything with intensity, no matter how banal.


A day of picnics, leisurely meals, newspapers on the sofa. To this conundrum Abish adds much with his cinematic prose, prefigured by the quote from Jean-Luc Godard that opens his book: But pieces they are: For all the turbulent subject matter, the writing is witty and moves quickly and the cast of characters gefman and memorable.

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A day of pleasant exchanges. Sep 12, Jane rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It is chiefly a character-driven story, and it’s through his skilled characterization that Abish is able to present such a layered portrait of post-war Germany.

And bow he thought about it later, he concluded that it was true. Open Preview See a Problem? So one of the kids in the class offered to be the one I sent off to call the ambulance and assured me, ‘you always have to tell someone to call the ambulance.


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Now, I’m not saying don’t read it. Lists with This Book. They have discarded the elitist von from their aristocratic last name, much to the disapproval of the residents of Brumholdstein—the chic, uber-modern community in which they live.