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Somewhere in Germany

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ISBN-10: 0299210103

ISBN-13: 9780299210106

Edition: 2006

Authors: Stefanie Zweig, Marlies Comjean

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"Somewhere in Germany" is the sequel to the acclaimed "Nowhere in Africa," which was turned into the Oscar-winning film of the same name. This novel traces the return of the Redlich family to Germany after their nine-year exile in Kenya during World War II. In Africa, Walter had longed for his homeland and dreamed of rebuilding his life as a lawyer, yet ultimately he and his family-- wife Jettel, daughter Regina, and baby Max-- realize that Germany seems as exotic and unwelcoming to them in 1947 as Kenya had seemed in 1938. Hunger and desperation are omnipresent in bombed-out Frankfurt, and this Jewish family-- especially Regina, who misses Africa the most-- has a hard time adjusting to their new circumstances. Yet slowly the family adapts to their new home amidst the ruins. In Frankfurt, Regina matures into a woman and, though her parents want her to marry an upstanding Jewish man, her love life progresses in its own idiosyncratic fashion. She develops a passion for art and journalism and begins her professional career at a Frankfurt newspaper. Walter at last finds professional success as a lawyer, but never quite adjusts to life in Frankfurt, recalling with nostalgia his childhood in Upper Silesia and his years in Africa. Only his son Max truly finds what Walter had hoped for: a new homeland in Germany. Although the Redlichs receive kindness from strangers, they also learn anti-Semitism still prevails in post-Nazi Germany. They partake in the West German " economic miracle" with their own home, a second-hand car, and the discovery of television, but young Max' s discovery of the Holocaust revives long-buried memories. Rich inmemorable moments and characters, this novel portrays the reality of postwar German society in vivid and candid detail.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 7/26/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 268
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Stefanie Zweig was born on September 19, 1932 in Leobsch�tz, now part of Poland. In 1938, her family fled the Nazi persecution of Jews and moved to Kenya, where she attended a British school. They returned to Germany in 1947 when her father, a lawyer, was appointed a judge in Frankfurt. She started working for a Frankfurt newspaper, Abendpost Nachtausgabe, in 1959 and was the arts editor and film reviewer from 1963 until it closed in 1988. She wrote children's books in her spare time and began writing novels only after the newspaper closed. Her novels include Nowhere in Africa and Somewhere in Germany. Nowhere in Africa was adapted into a German film with the same title, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2003. Zweig co-wrote the screenplay with the director Caroline Link. Zweig died on April 25, 2014 at the age of 81.