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Germania

In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History

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Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History by Simon Winder
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A UNIQUE EXPLORATION OF GERMAN CULTURE, FROM SAUSAGE ADVERTISEMENTS TO WAGNER Sitting on a bench at a communal table in a restaurant in Regensburg, his plate loaded with disturbing amounts of bratwurst and sauerkraut made golden by candlelight shining through a massive glass of beer, Simon Winder was happily swinging his legs when a couple from Rottweil politely but awkwardly asked: "So: why are you "here"?"This book is an attempt to answer that question. Why spend time wandering around a country that remains a sort of dead zone for many foreigners, surrounded as it is by a force field of historical, linguistic, climatic, and gastronomic barriers? Winder's book is propelled by a wish to reclaim the brilliant, chaotic, endlessly varied German civilization that the Nazis buried and ruined, and that, since 1945, so many Germans have worked to rebuild."Germania"""is a very funny book on serious topics--how we are misled by history, how we twist history, and how sometimes it is best to know no history at all. It is a book full of curiosities: odd food, castles, mad princes, fairy tales, and horse-mating videos. It is about the limits of language, the meaning of culture, and the pleasure of townscape.

Author Biography

Simon Winder has spent far too much time in Germany, denying himself a lot of sunshine and fresh fruit just to write this book. He is the author of the highly praised "The Man Who Saved Britain "(FSG, 2006) and works in publishing in London.
Release date Australia
March 16th, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
black & white illustrations, maps
Imprint
Farrar Straus Giroux
Pages
466
Dimensions
163x217x37
ISBN-13
9780374254001
Product ID
3806643

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