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Red Love: The Story of an East German Family [Format Kindle]

Maxim Leo , Shaun Whiteside

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"Beautiful and supremely touching… Leo’s memoir was the winner of the European Book Prize, and deservedly so… It is a moving saga of people who love one another but are doomed never to get along, and it is also an unbearably poignant description of a world that no longer exists." – Keith Lowe, Sunday Telegraph Book of the Week, 5-star review
 “[Red Love] gives us extraordinary, intimate access to East Germany when the state was not just in the family apartment but locked within the minds and aspirations of all its citizens.” Sunday Telegraph, Books of the Year
 “A family narrative that is simultaneously gripping and meditative, an engaging and thought-provoking portrait of a disappeared world.” – Natasha Tripney, Observer
 “Compelling ... [Leo] is terrific at elucidating the slow, incremental steps by which people come to lie to themselves... guile, guilt and disappointment drip from these pages and Red Love is all the more affecting for it.” – Marina Benjamin, New Statesman
 “Written without political rancour or historical revisionism… With truthful tenderness and wry humour, Maxim Leo looks back not in anger but in an effort to understand the past.” – Iain Finlayson, The Times
"In a wry, laconic style, [Leo] uses childhood memories to demonstrate how absurd 'grown-up' behaviour can be – and how easily absurdity can morph into tragedy." – Maggie Fergusson, The Economist, “Intelligent Life
 “Honest and sober... a convincing depiction of what everyday life was like and the legacy it has left... illuminating.” Metro
"Leo uses the intimate scope of his family to explore the turbulent political history of East Germany from a perspective that has not been seen before. The result is an absorbing and personal account that gives outsiders an insight into life in the GDR." Shortlist

Présentation de l'éditeur

Now, married with two children and the Wall a distant memory, Maxim decides to find the answers to the questions he couldn't ask. Why did his parents, once passionately in love, grow apart? Why did his father become so angry, and his mother quit her career in journalism? And why did his grandfather Gerhard, the Socialist war hero, turn into a stranger? The story he unearths is, like his country's past, one of hopes, lies, cruelties, betrayals but also love. In Red Love he captures, with warmth and unflinching honesty, why so many dreamed the GDR would be a new world and why, in the end, it fell apart.
Growing up in East Berlin, Maxim Leo knew not to ask questions. All he knew was that his rebellious parents, Wolf and Anne, with their dyed hair, leather jackets and insistence he call them by their first names, were a bit embarrassing. That there were some places you couldn't play; certain things you didn't say. 

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 4496 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 272 pages
  • Editeur : Pushkin Press; Édition : Reprint (12 septembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00E78REBE
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Amazon.com: 4.4 étoiles sur 5  17 commentaires
16 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Fathers and Sons 9 janvier 2014
Par gerardpeter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Maxim Leo is editor of the Berliner Zeitung. He was born in East Berlin in 1970, in in the middle of the GDR’s short life. This memoir covers more than those four decades. It takes us back to the eve of the First World War – to the farm of his greatgreatgrandfather. We pass through the generations – his grandfather Werner and then his own father, Wolf. He traces maternal ancestors to Dagobert and Wilhelm, then Gerhard and then his daughter and Maxim’s mother, Anne. To recover them the book uses published memoirs, unpublished diaries, interviews and even Stasi files.
These people certainly lived through interesting times. The book is certainly readable as you would expect from an established journalist. Some of the “memories” I suspect are, if not invented, then embellished. However, there are bigger issues. Firstly, where are the women? Wolf was brought up entirely by his mother, Sigrid, who receives just a page or two. She fares better than Gerhard’s wife, Norah – who barely gets a mention. Anne is discussed almost entirely through her relationship with her father and his alter ego, the East German state. Secondly, as Maxim does admit, his parents were more privileged than most East Germans, his family not typical. When Anne resigns from her magazine she is funded to do a doctorate on Spanish trade unionism. It is painfully ironic that when Maxim is rejected for the Abitur, his mother is utterly distressed because her son is fated to be a worker. In Maxim’s East Germany we notice the working class but fleetingly – sleep walking their way to the factories with pale faces and distant eyes. Thank God for the intelligentsia!!
The author retails familiar anecdotes [true/false/exaggerated?] set against a standard western view of East Germany – a grey landscape, populated by working class ghosts and the shadows of the informers.
However, between the lines and in the family photographs there is another story, which Maxim has not noticed. The marriage of his parents was clearly unhappy. When the Wall came down Wolf soon enough found a much younger partner, very much like his father had done before him. Anne’s sadness is very clear, but you can't blame Karl Marx for everything.
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Background biographies of family members and why they believed in East Germany 1 mai 2014
Par SYLVIA J R MACANN - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The book tells of the background biographies of the Grandparents (maternal and paternal) and the children's upbringing/ideology which are the author's parents. Because of the diverse events in these peoples lives they all had their own reasons why to see the East German ideology as a positive construction. The author (who has seen the wall fall) can sit back and give objective judgement and can understand what and why made every one of his grandparents the person he or she was. Not everything can be seen as black and white.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Well done look into the rise and demise of East Germany 3 juillet 2014
Par Patricia - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
A well written non-fiction historical review of the development of Eastern Germany, the Socialist movement and its ultimate demise. Told through three generations of German Jews, the grandparents Gerhard and Nora (Anne) and Werner and Sigrid (Wolf), the adult children Wolf and Anne who accept the post war GDR and then later become disillusioned as the promised dream never materializes, and their son and author of the book, Maxim.
The book started a bit slow, but stick with it as the last 2/3 of the book is very interesting. We learn of Gerhard's involvement with the French resistance, the suspicions and spying in East Germany, and the ultimate demise of the Wall and the reunification of Germany.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 IT FEELS TRUE 20 avril 2015
Par JOHN D. PARKINSON - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I loved this book - not only because of the sensitivity of the writing, but because of the wonderful story it tells of
an amazingly diverse family. I had spent a lot of time in (East) Berlin and the DDR in earlier years, and every word of
this book feels authentic to me. It also gives a portrait of the city as it was then in the years before the wall
fell, and what everyday life was like for its citizens. I recommend this book to anyone interested in German
history, of course, but I mostly I recommend it because it's a wonderful human story.
I have no credentials for book-judging, but, in this case, I'm making a recommendation simply because I was
actually very moved by what I read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A real-life story 27 juillet 2014
Par Rosemarie L. Kury - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you've ever wondered how life was in East Germany you'll enjoy this book. Told from the viewpoint of growing up there stories of his partners and grandparents are interwoven with his. One of his family was in the French Resistance. Their views of the war and life afterword in the East are very interesting and how their lives climax at the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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