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Der Mauerspringer von Peter Schneider
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Der Mauerspringer (Original 1982; 1995. Auflage)

von Peter Schneider (Autor)

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Berlin before the fall of the Wall is a city divided, yet its ordinary residents find ways to live and survive on both sides. There is Robert, teller of bar room anecdotes over beer and vodka, adjusting to a new life in the west; Pommerer, trying to outwit the system in the east; the unnamed narrator, who 'escapes' back-and-forth to collect stories; his beguiling, exiled lover Lena; the three boys who defect to watch Hollywood films; and the man who leaps across the Wall again and again - simply because he cannot help himself. All are, in their different ways, wall jumpers, trying to lose themselves but still trapped wherever they go. Ultimately, the walls inside their heads prove to be more powerful than any man-made barrier . . .… (mehr)
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Titel:Der Mauerspringer
Autoren:Peter Schneider (Autor)
Info:Rowohlt Taschenbuch (1995), Edition: 8., 128 pages
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An interesting exploration of the absurdity of a city and more so a country that is divided against itself. The basic synopsis of the story is that the narrator constantly travels back and forth between West and East Berlin collecting stories about people who have jumped the Berlin Wall. What the author seems to find is that the people on each side inevitably become mouth peaces or their prospective government. The best example of this can be seen at the end of the book when the narrator and his east German friend are watching the Olympic Hockey game between the USA and Russia when there is a referee call. The man from East Germany sees a bogus call stating that the American player pushed the Russian player pining the goalie. While the narrator who is from West Germany sees an acceptable goal for the USA. There’s also an interesting concept about how in the west we re-innovate while in the east they build. The writing is a little hard to get into at first as it's written almost like a journal or a collection of newspaper clippings but once you get past that it flows rather well. Each chapter is set with the narrator on one side of the wall or the other (ie ch1 in the east ch2 west ch3 east ect). Overall an interesting little novel about how people can change in a short span of time and how people are shaped by where they grow up as well as how trying to isolate a population has its own troubles. ( )
  bakabaka84 | Feb 7, 2013 |
In this interesting book, published in 1984 five years before the Berlin Wall came down, Schneider explores the social, political and intellectual differences and similarities between the inhabitants of East and West Berlin. While some differences are apparent, little is black and white, and Schneider remarks that he is surprised at how quickly and how deeply attitudes have changed following the division of the two states: time, propaganda, repression, inculcation, education, psychology have all had their influences and effects and often inhibit dialogue and understanding:

“At first Pommerer was curious about the responses my foreign gaze on his surrounding would elicit. Since then, his curiosity has increasingly given way to the need to protect his routine from the impudence, even the stupidity of my first impressions. I am shocked by certain restrictions on his life which he has long since accepted. My shock inescapably reminds him of his initial feelings, which he has rejected as pointless. More and more often, he counters my reactions by referring to parallel phenomena in the West.”

Schneider and another of his friends argue because they interpret exactly the same news item or broadcast or picture in a paper or incident through entirely different lenses: “…I take what I see at face value; Robert has been trained to read between the lines. Where I perceive merely an event, maybe an accident, Robert perceives a plan that he has to decipher.”

The ambiguity of the situation of an East and West Germany is summed up nicely:

“I turned forty last year. The two states which bear the word “German” in their initials have just celebrated their thirtieth birthday. So I am ten years older than the state that has grown up around me and in me. On the basis of age alone, I can’t call it my fatherland. What’s more, this state represents only a part of the country that would be my fatherland. If my fatherland exists, it isn’t a state, and the state of which I am a citizen is not a fatherland. If I respond to queries about my nationality by saying without hesitation that I’m German, I am clearly opting not for a state, but for a people that no longer has a state identity. At the same time, however, I assert that my national identity does not depend on either of the German states.”

A book of interesting and insightful considerations, echoes of which are probably still apparent after the physical re-unification of the two Germanies.
1 abstimmen John | Dec 12, 2009 |
A precious insight into a world being quickly forgotten, Schneider’s novel elucidates the banal insanity of the Berlin Wall, and the complexity of the human responses to it. The wall jumper, who constantly leaps across the border from West to East (to the confusion of all) “because it’s there”, is one extroverted symptom of a wider, creeping malady. The inhabitants of each society voice their views about the world in the terminology of their home republic, and become by that means mouthpieces for their respective governments. This contrast between states that share a language and a history is exhibited endlessly, from conversations in bars to news coverage of terrorists/freedom fighters in Mozambique (according to taste). The Wall Jumper is a startling book that has an enormous amount to contribute to our understanding of our selves, as well as an invaluable history lesson for students of German politics who want to understand why, in many ways, the Wall still stands. ( )
  roblong | Mar 19, 2008 |
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Berlin before the fall of the Wall is a city divided, yet its ordinary residents find ways to live and survive on both sides. There is Robert, teller of bar room anecdotes over beer and vodka, adjusting to a new life in the west; Pommerer, trying to outwit the system in the east; the unnamed narrator, who 'escapes' back-and-forth to collect stories; his beguiling, exiled lover Lena; the three boys who defect to watch Hollywood films; and the man who leaps across the Wall again and again - simply because he cannot help himself. All are, in their different ways, wall jumpers, trying to lose themselves but still trapped wherever they go. Ultimately, the walls inside their heads prove to be more powerful than any man-made barrier . . .

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