The question How German Is It underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s novel, an icy panorama of contemporary. The question HOW GERMAN IS IT underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s new novel, an icy panorama of contemporary Germany. The question implicit in the title of Walter Abish’s novel1 immediat alerts us to problems moment in German history, Abish plays with the familiar images such .

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How German Is It? by Walter Abish

The question HOW GERMAN IS IT underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s new novel, an icy panorama of contemporary Germany, in which the tradition of order and obedience, the patrimony of the saber and the castle on the Rhine, give way to the present, indiscriminate fascination with all things American. What if I don’t have someone send off for the ambulance? Especially people of German origins. Apparently not so much.

Although this book uow simple German phrases peppered in here and there, it was written in English. In the end it seems that nothing is what it seems and that the familiar can pave over deep walted — just as the paving stones outside the familiar bakery conceal a mass grave — and abiish as the familiarity of marriage can hide seething resentments.

In comparison to walger, Gisela was by far more agile, more inventive. How can a town or a people live past events that are infamous and unforgivable?


But it’s also late and facts on the internet don’t exist anymore. I also read somewhere that Abish hadn’t even been to Germany when he wrote this, though his Austrian descent probably helped.

Decades later, he finds his life defined by his cowardice in testifying against members of a terrorist group with which he and his wife have strong ties. More recent novelists have turned their attention to this question with equally unsure hpw Apr 17, S. Very, as it turns out. But what I think might be the real topic at hand here is not Germany, but America.

I would not rank it among my all-time favorite novels, but I think it is a great read, especially for anyone of German heritage.

Abish gets this across deftly, and with very few brushstrokes.

How German Is It (Wie Deutsch ist es)

Notify me of new comments via email. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. All the more amazing for Aalter having never been to Germany yet so as to not color his titular question one way or another. British tabloid headlines involving anything to do with Germany still referring to ‘Huns’ and ‘Krauts’ and a goose-stepping Basil Fawlty doing a Hitler impersonation could be played for slightly awkward laughs, “Don’t mention the war”.

This is pretty much what one finds in German TV serials. About half way through this novel teacher Anna Heller is discussing with her primary school students the concept of familiarity. Anyway, I am not giving up and will update when done. How German Is It is perhaps his most celebrated novel, and certainly his most complex.


Now I reread it years and years later and I find it devastating Refresh waltsr try again. In German, ‘angst’ actually means fear but, like with many other German words, it’s travelled to all other languages. Now, he is looked upon as a hero as Germany has shifted its identity to turn against its Nazi past.

How does one cope with the fact that your ancestors were Nazis? Vie Deutsch Ist Es?

How German Is It by Walter Abish

Part of the book’s structure reminded me of Life: That being said, it’s not an wapter, and therefore, I’m hesitant to give it 5 stars. They have this obsessive, compulsive, at times all-consuming need agish control everything. I laughed through all the talk about the weather, and the German words used to describe it. I’ve studied just enough deutsch to get the German asides, and having recently moved to Berlin I laughed out loud in agreement with Abish’s insights i.

This is the introduction to the German Sontag. A warehouse, so to speak, of history.