Editorial Reviews. Review. “A lush tapestry of characters, composed of a thousand scenes and The Tower: Tales from a Lost Country – Kindle edition by Uwe Tellkamp. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. German title: Der Turm; Tales from a Lost Country; Translated by Mike Mitchell “Die drei Protagonisten, deren Weg Tellkamp in den letzten DDR-Jahren. Der Turm. Geschichte aus einem versunkenen Land (The Tower: Tale from a But this wealth of material by no means overwhelms the reader, as Tellkamp.

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The Tower – Uwe Tellkamp

Geschichte aus einem versunkenen Land The Tower: Tale from a Sunken Country. Suhrkamp Verlag, Septemberpp. Another novel about life in the GDR, already a favourite both with writers and film-makers.

But this one is different. Already it is being hailed for both its style and its derr, and as for its length of nearly a thousand pages, this turns out to be an advantage rather than a drawback, given the variety of the characters it portrays and the number of events it describes. Take first the three main characters, all related and all from Dresden.


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There is the son, Christian Hoffmann, an intelligent, musical, but introverted and unprepossessing young man, whose difficulties are exacerbated as he comes up against the harsh realities of life in the Volksarmee. He is aiming for medicine, but after being sentenced to twelve months imprisonment for reading subversive literature and criticising the regime ends up in the chemical industry instead. His father, Richard, is made of sterner stuff.

A successful surgeon, he has long conducted an affair on the side which has produced at least one child.

He and his wife try to keep in with the authorities without too much loss of integrity, and Richard does his best to resist pressure from Stasi officials to inform on colleagues at the hospital. Round this main family a great number of events and characters spin, until the book concludes with the peaceful demonstrations in Dresden and the fall of the Wall.

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What this novel offers, in fact, is a panoramic view of life in the German Democratic Republic between and But this wealth of material by no means overwhelms the reader, as Tellkamp weaves the different narrative strands and styles seamlessly.

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German reviews so far rightly suggest comparisons with Walter Kempowski and Thomas Mann. We over here now await with eagerness access to this major novel.

Long-listed for the German Book Prize. Uwe Tellkamp was born in in Dresden. After graduation he turj as a surgeon in an accident and emergency clinic in Dresden.

He now lives in Freiburg and writes full-time. In he won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in Klagenfurt. Suhrkamp focuses on both contemporary literature and the humanities. Its distinguished list includes leading writers from Germany, Switzerland and Austria, many of whom made their debuts with the firm, besides major international authors of both fiction and non-fiction, including several Nobel Prize winners.

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