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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 326 Seiten
  • Verlag: Farrar, Strauß and Giroux (5. August 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0374254842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374254841
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,5 x 2,8 x 21,5 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
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Praise for Berlin Now:

“Wonderful.” —Simon Kuper, Financial Times

“[Schneider] is right in saying that in recent decades no other city ‘has changed as much—and for the better—as Berlin,’ lauding the sense of openness that has drawn immigrants, revived the shattered Jewish population and made the city a magnet for a creative class that is also luring cutting-edge businesses.” —Ian Johnson, The New York Times

“Illuminating . . . Berlin Now is at its best when Schneider illustrates his findings or perspectives with secondary points of view . . . Often though, Schneider’s impressions are so strong they don’t need any added color. His recollection of arriving in West Berlin for the first time in 1962 stands out due to its fusion of topographical detail . . . and personal opinion, especially regarding the city’s bad food and the natives’ brusque manner. Just as good is his fish-out-of-water account of his visit to Berghain, a nightclub decreed the best in the world by The New York Times. Schneider, in his seventies, is no techno-loving hipster, but in order to cover all bases of contemporary Berlin he ventures out to sample its legendary nightlife, albeit with earplugs. Schneider is thus an authority on Berlin, not simply by virtue of his being a resident but because he fully immerses himself in the place . . . Page after page yields surprising nuggets of wisdom . . . Thanks to Sophie Schlondorff’s expert translation, Schneider’s wry descriptions and private reflections ring true, and he emerges as both an informative and personable guide, and, most crucially, one brimming with enthusiasm for his subject . . . his final picture is a detailed and absorbing portrait of an unfinished city that has all the dynamism of a complete one.” —Malcolm Forbes, The New Criterion

“Berlin Now is stuffed with glorious anecdotes about the rows over architecture, infrastructure, sexuality and morality in a city forced to weld itself together since 1989.” —Peter Millar, The New Statesman

“Schneider deserves plaudits for this engrossing book, which attempts what’s practically impossible—describing the essence of what makes Berlin so Berlin. Applause also is abundantly deserved by translator Sophie Schlondorff, whose masterful skills enable Schneider’s writing to transition seamlessly, and vibrantly, into English.” —David Hugh Smith, The Christian Science Monitor

Berlin Now is a gathering of illuminations, a button box of participant observations, each chapter like a new day, sometimes picking up again on a theme but often shifting gears and taking a turn to go examine something new. Schneider is an old-school flâneur, a psychogeographer who can screw down very close upon a subject—an old Jewish cemetery, a door in the Wall through which East German border police would snatch graffiti artists on the other side, the bust of Nefertiti—then he will step back to take in the genius loci, gestalts both during Wall time and after Wall time, an integration with properties not derivable from the summation of its parts, as Nathaniel Webster might say. Now in his seventies, Schneider seems never to have missed a day under the spell of Berlin . . . Schneider is just this side of a provocateur. He is an investigative journalist/geographer, probing to the point of sticking his finger in the wound, with the best intentions. He is a dark joker and a sensualist; he likes a good jape . . . as much as he appreciates a perfect tomato, a sly appreciation of life’s little pleasures.” —Peter Lewis, Barnes & Noble Review

“In 30-odd short pieces on the city’s architecture, its immigrant communities, its famous night life and its sexual mores, Mr. Schneider tries to answer this question: If Berlin is not beautiful, why is it so beloved? To his credit, he avoids the easy answers . . . Mr. Schneider is at his best when explaining the debates about Berlin’s public architecture and how they inevitably become debates about Germany’s history.” —Nicholas Stang, The Wall Street Journal

“In this enlightening collection of essays, Berlin resident Schneider unearths the city’s charms and hazards. Journalist Schneider (Eduard’s Homecoming; The Wall Jumper) first came to Berlin from Freiburg as a student in 1962 and has since seen enormous changes, the most shattering of which was the tearing down of the Berlin Wall after the earthshaking events of November 1989. Apart from the subsequent building projects that have transformed the city, such as the development of Potsdamer Platz and the shifting of the historic Mitte (middle) toward what was once East Berlin, Schneider is intensely focused on the East-versus-West dynamic. He describes East Berliners as dragging their Communist ideals and Stasi legacy, and resenting Western democratic standards, and he says that East Berlin women are ‘self-confident and divorce-happy,’ as more of them have been forced to work than their Western counterparts. Moreover, the once-ostracized Turkish ‘guest workers’ now make up a largely assimilated minority, with Vietnamese, Russians, and Jews nestled in far-flung neighborhoods, despite lingering episodes of racist violence. Covering the city’s grim history as well as its current night clubbing, these essays reveal an authentic city that does not bother being more lively than beautiful.” —Publishers Weekly

“An intriguing journey through Berlin by a longtime interested observer. Ungainly, amorphous, overrun by armies, clotted by construction, inhabited by uneasy neighborhoods of ethnic niches (including Turks, Russians, Vietnamese and Israelis), and still affordable to starving artists and all-night partiers, Berlin is a wildly attractive tourist spot, not least due to its dark history. In these amusing, knowledgeable essays and dispatches, German novelist and journalist Schneider (Eduard's Homecoming, 2000, etc.), who first came to the city as a student in the early 1960s to claim exemption from serving in the Bundeswehr (German defense forces), unearths much that is fascinating and even beautiful about Berlin. He examines the conversion of various sections of the city and warehouses, industrial ruins and other structures in what was formerly East Berlin—e.g., Potsdamer Platz, the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport and newly gentrified Prenzlauer Berg. Deeply engaged with friends and colleagues both East and West, Schneider has written extensively on the ramifications of the removal of the Berlin Wall, not only in the physical revelation that Berlin’s great historic center and grand buildings were all located in the East, but also in the souls of ‘Ossi’ and ‘Wessi’ remnants, now cohabitating a little like oil and water. In his autobiographical essay ‘West Berlin’ (‘the name . . . refers to a city that no longer exists’), the author reaches back into the student movement of the late 1960s and the building of the ‘wall of the mind’ mentality he wrote about in his novel The Wall Jumper (1984). In ‘The Stasi Legacy,’ he writes poignantly of the poisonous effect the secret police had on even married couples informing on each other. Berlin’s ‘culture of remembrance,’ he writes, has also been transformed—e.g., the multitude of Holocaust commemoration exhibits and memorials paying quiet tribute to a vanished community. A seasoned journalist conveys the charms and perils of this ‘Cinderella of European capitals.’” —Kirkus

Praise for The German Comedy

“Peter Schneider is a masterful guide who wields a wicked blade—one that cuts through cant and pretension with wit and precision.” —Josef Joffe, Los Angeles Times

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Peter Schneider was born in Lübeck, Germany, and has lived in Berlin on and off since the 1960s. He has taught at many American universities—including Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard—and is the author of more than twenty books, including The Wall Jumper and Eduard’s Homecoming (FSG, 2001). He has also written for newspapers, including Der Spiegel, The New York Times, Le Monde, and La Repubblica. Sophie Schlondorff is a translator, editor, and writer. Originally from New York, she grew up bilingual in English and German, and is fluent in French and Italian. She is a graduate of Yale University and has been living abroad for more than a decade in Paris, Rome, and Berlin.


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The complex history, a crucial role in one of humanity's darkest hours, a half century divided in a way no other world capital has been. And yet rising again as a creative center and life destination. This is a deep narrative looking way behind the scenes to vividly explain why things are as they are.
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Berlin After the Wall Came Down 1. November 2014
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This is one of several recent books marking the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Peter Schneider is a long time Berlin resident who has done a nice job here of sharing his personal feelings and observations about the vital city in the center of Europe.

Much of his reporting on Berlin feels second hand, and seems to be rehased newspaper and magazine accounts. I would have expected several compelling characters to emerge from a scene as dynamic as Berlin, but that does not happen. We learn much about partying in Berlin and more about Mr. Schneider himself, as the book details the city's current vibrant nightlife. Unfortunately he is a bit out of place with that culture, as his fellow party goers are often 20-30 years younger than he is, so he is more of an observer than an advocate.

While I enjoyed the book, I feel it could have been much better and more detailed. We get a sense of what it might be like to live in Berlin, not much on its importance to the rest of the world. Certainly street maps would have helped, and photographs as well, particularly as the book often comments on buildings and construction projects.
Funny, witty and entertaining 12. November 2014
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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
In his 1982 novel "The Wall Jumper" Peter Schneider anticipated the opening of the Berlin wall seven years before it actually happened. His new book "Berlin Now" is a sequel to "The Wall Jumper" and to Peter Schneider's Berlin-trilogy which was praised by critics for its unideological approach, a fresh look at the absurdities of a city divided by the Cold War. "Berlin now" draws the conclusions from German reunification 25 years after the wall fell: A fascinating account of life in a multiethnic, multicultural city where Germans and Jews, Arabs and Turks, Russians and Americans peacefully coexist, learning to get along with each other and enjoying different lifestyles instead of being polarized by race, religion or politics. Having lived in Berlin for more than 50 years, Schneider is not only an intimate connoisseur and a reliable guide through German history - his writing is at its best, enlightening and entertaining at the same time, when he presents his hometown to readers who are not yet familiar with the dark aspects of Nazi and Stasi rule.
How Germany's Capitol Ticks 11. November 2014
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25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, “Berlin Now” is an up to date description of the city’s current state. It was written by one of Germany’s premiere authors who has been a “Berliner” by choice for more than 50 years. Accordingly, if you want to know what is happening in the German capitol these days, this is your book.
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Mostly dreary and seamy . . . 4. November 2014
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I found it a dreary book, like picking up the daily paper and
finding all sorts of unsavory behaviors going on. I usually
skip over these things pretty quickly. But here is a book of them.

There are three chapters on the sexual debauch that seems
prevalent in Berlin today. Quite a lot of talk about people not
picking up on their dogs and what that does to your shoes. A lot
of old talk about "the wall," which has been gone for over
two decades. There was on highly interesting chapter on an
educator who has good ideas and methods for working with Muslim
teenagers -- very enlightened.

In general, the book focused on the seamy side of modern
Berlin. Hardly a word about the arts, university learning, faith life,
science. As I said, kind of the stuff you get in the daily newspaper.

While he says that people are moving to Berlin in great numbers,
they must have low life expectations, if the book describes the city.
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