Publisher description for An invisible country / Stephan Wackwitz ; translated by Stephen Lehmann ; foreword by Wendy Lesser.
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This original, intellectually ambitious, beautifully written meditation on 20th-century German history is viewed through the prism of one family's story. The story begins after World War I with Andreas Wackwitz, the author's grandfather and a pastor whose early career was spent serving German parishes near the Polish-Silesian town of Auschwitz. Readers are taken on a journey that follows Andreas from Poland to what had been German Southwest Africa and back to Germany. Three historical periods play off each other: the years of the grandfather's active manhood, up through World War II; his bitter and disappointed old age, spent writing his memoirs while being confronted by a baffled and rebellious grandson; and the present time, which finds the author reflecting on his family's and his country's past, and on his own troubled relationship with that history as a young activist in postwar Germany.
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Authors, German -- 20th century -- Biography.
Germany -- History -- 20th century -- Biography.