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Germania In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History

ISBN-10: 0312680686
ISBN-13: 9780312680688
Edition: N/A
Authors: Simon Winder
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Description: Germaniais 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. A very funny book on serious topics---how we are  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 3/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 1.034

Germaniais 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. 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, and "a book you will return to time and again" (The Florida Times-Union).

Simon Winder is the author of the highly praised The Man Who Saved Britain and the Sunday Times top-ten bestseller Germania. He works in publishing and lives in Wandsworth Town.

Maps
Introduction
'Bound with chains of flowers'
A note on Germany and German
From the land of gloomy forests
Roman Germans
An alligator far from home
I'll have some green sauce with that
The medieval car park
Ancient palaces
Charles the Great
Pious, Bald or Fat
A very small town
Spreading the Word
In search of a bit of sunshine
Thrust to the east
Walled towns
Other superiority complexes
A brief note on political structures
German tribes
Famine and plague
Where a million diamonds shine
The tideless sea
The curse of Burgundy
Happy families
Rampant folk costume
Imperial circles
Habsburgs
Spires, turrets and towers
A birthplace and a death-house
The devil's bagpipes
The ruler of the world
The New Jerusalem
An unhappy wine merchant
The Golden City of the Faithful
The land where lemon blossom grows
Black armour
The King of Sweden's horse
A Surprise visit from an asteroid
Hourglasses and bird-eating spiders
'Music to Escort the Dead from this Life'
In the time of powdered wigs
Damascened yataghans
'Burn the Palatinate!'
Catholicism goes for broke
The descendants of Cyrus the Great
Drinking chocolate with ostriches
More competitive tomb-building
Chromatic fantasia and fugue
The Strong and the Fat
Little Sophie Zerbst
Parks and follies
In the footsteps of Goethe
A glass pyramid filled with robin eggs
A surprise appearance by a sea cow
German victimhood
Good-value chicken
Marches militaires
Karl and Albrecht
Girls in turrets
Heroic acorns
Victory columns
The grandeur and misery of nationalism
Snow-shake particularism
A surprise trip to Mexico
Lambs and ladybirds
Jigsaw country
Hunting masters
Ruritania, Syldavia and their friends
An absence
Beside the seaside
Texan Wends
Pidgin German
Thomas and Ernie
Podsnap in Berlin
Varieties of militarism
Failure
The British-German divorce
Disaster
Defeat and revolution
Remembering the dead
Some royal aftershocks
An unattractive lake
Putsches and suspenders
'5, 4, 3, 2, 1…'
The death of science
Terminal throes
Ending
Conclusion
In the hills
Mendel's statue
Death by oompah
Bibliography
Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Index

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