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FREE EPUB ï Zonenkinder (German Edition) Ø Ein Bericht aus einem Land, fremder als der Mond Elke Heidenreich Jana Hensel war dreizehn, als die Mauer fiel Von einem Tag auf den anderen war ihre Kindheit zu Ende Die vertrauten Dinge des DDR Alltags verschwanden gleichsam ber Nacht pl tzlich war berall Westen, die Grenze offen, die Geschichte auch Eine ganze Generation machte sich daran, das ver nderte Land neu zu erkunden Jana Hensel erz hlt von ihrem Leben in der Schwebe zwischen Ost und West Jana Hensel hat der ersten gesamtdeutschen Generation schon jetzt ein kleines Denkmal gesetzt mit sprachlicher Lakonie, Leichtigkeit und einer Transparenz, die leuchtet Der Spiegel Eine Kindheit vor dem Verschwinden zu retten und somit das kollektive Ged chtnis der Wendekinder zu archivieren, das ist die gro e Leistung dieses Buches Eindringlich und poetisch, mit k hlem Kopf und warmem Herzen geschrieben Emma Das Buch schafft etwas, was zum berwinden eines gro en Missverst ndnisses der deutschen Einheit beitragen k nnte Angela Merkel What will you do if your country chase to exist and everything that was known to you from one day to another is not there any What would you feel if your new country is full of people that despise you or try to help you and you do not want to be helped Life after the fall of the wall is different for whom was behind the wall GDR life described by a girl that was thirteen when her world comes to an end and from her parents on, no adults are able to teach her how to live or survive in the What will you do if your country chase to exist and everything that was known to you from one day to another is not there any What would you feel if your new country is full of people that despise you or try to help you and you do not want to be helped Life after the fall of the wall is different for whom was behind the wall GDR life described by a girl that was thirteen when her world comes to an end and from her parents on, no adults are able to teach her how to live or survive in the new world Fascinating and well written.Cosa faresti se il tuo paese cessasse di esistere da un momento all altro e tutto quello che conosci scompare Come ti sentiresti se il tuo nuovo paese fosse pieno di gente che non ti calcola o ritiene di doverti aiutare anche contro la tua volont La vita dopo la caduta del muro in quella che era la GDR completamente diversa da quella che conosceva questa ragazza che a 13 anni vede cadere il muro, e da quel momento in poi nessun adulto in grado di aiutarla a vivere o a sopravvivere nel nuovo mondo che la ingloba Affascinante e ben scritto Reread this in translation, it seems far less interesting now than when I first read it A brief book, I came across it, either as a review or excerpts, or both in some news magazine or other way back towards the beginning of the century.The author was then a young woman looking on entering into puberty just as the DDR GDR came to an end It was written I think as Ostalgie was trending after the abandonment of everything associated with the DDR in the immediate post Wende period Hensel recalls Reread this in translation, it seems far less interesting now than when I first read it A brief book, I came across it, either as a review or excerpts, or both in some news magazine or other way back towards the beginning of the century.The author was then a young woman looking on entering into puberty just as the DDR GDR came to an end It was written I think as Ostalgie was trending after the abandonment of everything associated with the DDR in the immediate post Wende period Hensel recalls the particularities of her youth before 1989 It seems to me to be Leipzig centric and I don t imagine it was entirely typical, but still very readable and sympathetic On the reread her sense of alienation from her own past, but also from her peers and family merges into a sense of colonialism, her experience of the end of one way of life was of being colonised by West Germany, which is interesting, because formally one might look at it or expect to have seen elements of decolonisation too, but such as they might have been they were washed away by the flood from the West.The voice is a slight problem as it is both a personal account but also aspires to being representative, a book about we and us , but this is a young woman who was writing for serious news magazines in her 20s and had this book published while she was still young so an unusual person in her generation, quite apart from how typical or particular her suburban Leipzig upbringing was.There was an instant in which she becomes aware of the Nazi past of a west German boyfriend s grandfather that her experience of an abruptly lost past which can t be defended and maybe can t even be spoken about is not unique but has parallels in recent German history But she doesn t explore it Funnily the translation works against the sense of alienation and a particular way of life that was lost because everything is homogenised in to conventional US English so there are Grade schools, High Schools, sneakers and cookies, so even the word choice represents colonisation by a dominant culture view spoiler indeed the implication of the word choice is that everywhere is like the USA really, which in the context of a book about the permanent loss of a culture is a bit odd hide spoiler Utterly bizarrely there is the technically correct machine translation of Sanssouci castle which is a bit shocking as a display of cultural ignorance from a translator allegedly based in Berlin view spoiler though I suppose travelling as far out as Potsdam might be a challenge for somebody extremely lazy hide spoiler Presumably the translator is or was so trendy as not to be interested in anythingthan five minutes oldThe translator felt the need to add a note explaining that Communism was bad and that there are lots of BAD things not mentioned in the book that the reader has to be reminded of because they happenedthan five minutes ago and there is a risk that the typical American reader might have forgotten that Communism is VERY BAD.Anyhow A Zeitgeisty gust of Zeitgeist It has certainly and definitely been both enlightening and also engagingly enjoyable to read in Jana Hensel s Zonenkinder the English translation of which is titled After the Wall memoirs and remembrances of the author s childhood and young teenager hood in the former GDR prior to and immediately post the 1989 collapse and fall of the Berlin Wall and which have felt both delightfully and informatively educational, personal and also thankfully and fortunately not just a negatively angry rant ag It has certainly and definitely been both enlightening and also engagingly enjoyable to read in Jana Hensel s Zonenkinder the English translation of which is titled After the Wall memoirs and remembrances of the author s childhood and young teenager hood in the former GDR prior to and immediately post the 1989 collapse and fall of the Berlin Wall and which have felt both delightfully and informatively educational, personal and also thankfully and fortunately not just a negatively angry rant against anything even remotely East German in thematics and thus of course by necessity also supposedly and somehow inherently Communist in EVERY SINGLE way and indeed coming from the pen of someone who was both born and raised in the GDR, and whose childhood was, as Jana Hensel was born in 1976 near Leipzig, totally determined by the GDR and its government, but yes of course also by its often unique culture, language and by thethan 40 years of forced separation between East Germany and West Germany And indeed and with absolutely no contrition and apologies on my part either , I can and do also totally and utterly understand and relate on an emotional and personal level to Jana Hensel s obvious and palpable feelings of alienation, sadness and yes equally to her often frustrated annoyance, for I appreciate how in Zonenkinder the author so evocatively and heart feelingly describes being suddenly and yes in my opinion also rather heavy handedly, even at times seemingly viciously and almost from one day to the next so to speak totally torn from her past, from her life in the GDR prior to 1989, and which suddenly Jana Hensel is obviously also meant to just discard, forget and at best only remember with anger, shame and yes, that any feelings of regret, of sadness and even a bit of nostalgia are generally and all encompassingly seemingly to be seen as something to be not only critical of but also something not acceptable in and of itself, that in particular any nostalgia towards anything East German was often and still is often considered and approached as being akin to somehow one hundred percent supporting the former s regime and Soviet style Communism and this even with cases where individuals are obviously just regretting that their favourite television shows have changed and that suddenly, GDR common vocabulary even if not all that or inherently political in scope is considered unacceptable and not to be used any But still and my general appreciation of Zonenkidner notwithstanding and even though I do in fact get and am able to very much totally personally relate to Jana Hensel s philosophies and especially to her taking back at least those parts of her East German childhood that are or that at least should be considered as unproblematic and as not political, as apolitical, I also tend to think that she should not have used the personal pronouns we and us in Zonenkidner but simply utilised I and me in her presented text As while I do in fact and strongly agree with Jana Hensel s narrative and her musings on East Germany and her childhood in East Germany, Zonenkinder is still and nevertheless but a personal take on the GDR and what are the author s, what are Jana Hensel s personal remembrances and her own attitudes towards the former East Germany are not necessarily those of everyone else and this of course also includes East Germans And thus, that royal we, it does rather bother me enough to consider not five stars but only four stars for Zonenkidner for albeit that I do tend to very strongly agree with Jana Hensel s take on especially many West Germans sporting an at times rather arrogant and patronising attitude towards not only the former GDR as a country but in fact also and equally towards East Germans in general, I also do find it a trifle arrogant in itself that Jana Hensel often does seem to categorically assume that she speaks not only for herself but for each and every East German, which would have been much better for her to have avoided as it does leave behind a bit of a potentially problematic aftertaste of entitlement Communism, Pink Floyd, the Cold War, Gorbachev these and other terms come to mind when thinking about the Berlin Wall that once encircled West Berlin Hensel s book does touch on some of them However, After the Wall is neither a political manifesto nor the attempt of a historian to explain the time from 1945 to 1989 Rather, the book is a very personal walk down memory lane In eight chapters, the author summons the GDR of her childhood, leading the reader from her classroom to her life as Communism, Pink Floyd, the Cold War, Gorbachev these and other terms come to mind when thinking about the Berlin Wall that once encircled West Berlin Hensel s book does touch on some of them However, After the Wall is neither a political manifesto nor the attempt of a historian to explain the time from 1945 to 1989 Rather, the book is a very personal walk down memory lane In eight chapters, the author summons the GDR of her childhood, leading the reader from her classroom to her life as daughter and Young Pioneer to the Wall and its fall Both the table of contents and the timeline at the beginning of the book reveal much about After the Wall This is not a novel but a documentary of a life from past Germany Chapter one is titled On Growing Up in the GDR, and chapters five and seven educate the reader about the educational system during the communist years On Searching for Home, On Dealing with Our Parents, and On Our Battles with Bad Taste teach the reader about the struggles that followed the fall of the GDR So, a quick overview of the topics being discussed in the book help to understand the overall theme of it What were the events and experiences that burned themselves into the memory of a girl who grew up in East Germany The book is promoted as being a bestseller in Germany, but the claim would have to be researched Is After the Wall a bestseller because it is required reading for every high school student in Germany The topic is certainly an important one and fits any world history course However, the author s style is a bit exhausting There is some rambling going on, and one does not necessarily develop a personal connection to the protagonist After the Wall is certainly not mawkish like other autobiographies In fact, the opposite is true The writings style is very matter of fact, maybe even a bit antiseptic Still, this book is worth the time it takes to read it because it provides a much needed personal perspective about life under an oppressive communist regime