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Star 111

Star 111

by Lutz Seiler, translated from the German by Tess Lewis

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November 1989. The Berlin Wall has just fallen when the East German couple Inge and Walter, following a secret dream they’ve harbored all their lives, set out for life in the West.

Carl, their son, refuses to keep watch over the family home and instead heads to Berlin, where he lives in his father’s car until he is taken in by a group of squatters. Led by a shepherd and his goat, the pack of squatters sets up the first alternative bar in East Berlin and are involved in guerrilla occupations. And it’s with them that Carl, trained as a bricklayer, finds himself an initiate of anarchy, of love, and above all, of poetry.

Winner of the prestigious Leipzig Book Fair Prize and a bestseller in its original German, Star 111, musical and incantatory, tells of the search for authentic existence and also of a family exploded by political change which must find its way back together.

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Series: New York Review Books
ISBN: 9781681378534
Pages: 592
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It took Lutz Seiler, born in East Germany, thirty years to give to the moment [of the Fall of the Berlin Wall] the full richness of fertile and ambiguous human experience. With its ample narrative and powerful imagination, Star 111 is the Wenderoman par excellence, the great novel of the turn, as German reunification is called.
—Christine Lecerf, Le Monde des livres

Lutz Seiler talks about a city and a time that seemed to have been exhausted in fiction. But he creates a new fascination.
—Jona Nietfeld, Der Tagesspiegel

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