(PDF DOWNLOAD) [Here in Berlin] ¶ Cristina García

  • Hardcover
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  • Here in Berlin
  • Cristina García
  • English
  • 14 September 2018
  • 9781619029590

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Free read ✓ Here in Berlin ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ts rivers its lakes its legions of bicyclists Here in Berlin she encounters a people's history the Cuban teen taken as a POW on a German submarine for five months only to return home to a family who doesn't believe him; the young Jewish scholar whose husband hides her in a sarcophagus until he can find them safe passage to England; the female lawyer haunted by a childhood of deprivation in the bombed out suburbs of Berlin who still defends those accused of war crimes setting personal guilt against the larger flow of history; a y. A delightful meandering and novel book Christina Garcia has produced a compelling novel made up from a patchwork of mainly Berlin based stories observed by an unnamed visitor that are somewhat intertwined yet separate Reflecting on the personal stories of Berliners from Cuban migrants to the Stasi and the Nazis she has produced an unlikely composition of semi fictional short biographies that show the varied population and the upheavals of Berlin s recent history It took a little while to get into this but once in I was hooked Thanks to Edelweiss for the review copy I was not obliged to write a favourable review

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Free read ✓ Here in Berlin ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Here in Berlin is portrait of a city through snapshots an excavation of the stories and ghosts of contemporary Berlin; its complex troubled past still pulsing in the air as it was during the years of World War II Critically acclaimed novelist Cristina Garcia brings the people of this famed city alive their stories bristling with regret desire and longingAn unnamed Visitor travels to Berlin with a camera looking for reckonings of her own The city itself is a character vibrant and post apocalyptic flat and featureless except for i. I have enjoyed the work of Cristina Garcia since I read her Dreaming in Cuban for the first time when she first published it Chock full of the Latina brand of magical realism that I enjoy I went on to read Garcia s subseuent books most notably The Aguero Sisters When I saw that Garcia had written a new book I could not resist Here in Berlin however is not full of magical realism but a series of vignettes focusing on the people of Berlin as told to a visitor who is most likely Garcia herself While not the genre I was expecting I gleaned much from reading snapshots of German people who have lived with their memories of the Holocaust for over seventy yearsGarcia at the coaxing of her friend Alfredo Franco who encouraged her to spend time in Berlin decided to spend a summer in the city While in Berlin she visited tourist sites as well as locales freuented by locals to get a feel for the city In the course of her encounters she jotted notes on each resident which would be the basis for the book Each snapshot is only a few pages in length and does not even approach short story length but readers do get a brief feel for how the city has coped with its collective pathos following World War II Normally I read memoirs and history books about the Holocaust but never from the German perspective as it is difficult for me to sympathize with her people Yet here individuals state that they were not members of the Nazis and even gentiles were targeted by the government had they chosen to support the wrong people Many Cubans ended up in East Berlin as supporters of the Soviet Union and Garcia sought out her countrymen as well The result was a wide variety of memories from inhabitants of Germany s capitalA few stories stood out for me because they represent the variety of people who make Berlin their home Djazia Alves is an eye doctor originally from Luanda the product of an African named Mae and her one night lover an unnamed Cuban soldier Mae and her daughter eventually escaped Africa and wind up in Germany Mae going through a series of lovers Djazia eventually gains independence from her unreliable mother and goes to medical school in Berlin settling in the German capital as a respectable ophthalmologist She resurfaces in other vignettes as senior citizens note their eye doctor is an African lady pointing out that even in the current climate of Europe there are perhaps few African or female eye doctors living in Germany Yet Alves appears to enjoy her life in Berlin pointing out that it is still a better existence than the one she would have had she stayed in AfricaAnother snapshot that spoke to me was Signals a story about two Russian soldiers who were sent to the Berlin front Yelena tells of how she and Raya stuck together as their were few women in their battalion and they craved female companionship A superior officer got Raya pregnant but he was killed leaving Raya to suggest that she and Yelena should become a couple and raise their children together Yelena never had children but the two women brought up Raya s son together neither choosing to marry as they dealt with the ghosts of their past Also meaningful to me was the story of a Cuban prisoner of war on a German U boat who won over the hearts of the crew and was allowed to return to Cuba rather than Germany Eventually he attended school in Germany and married a Berliner raising their children bilingually I thought that Garcia gravitated to the Cubans she encountered in Berlin as they were a reminder of the comforts of home the people choosing to commiserate with one another These encounters with other Latinos brought out the best of Garcia s Cuban culture which I am familiar with from her other books in a way that her vignettes of native Germans did not As a result the snapshots here seem as rushed as her visit to the country making me long for her earlier books which took place on Cuban soilHere in Berlin may not have been as moving to me as Cristina Garcia s earlier books but I still feel that it is a meaningful read Germans are still coping with the baggage of World War II even seventy years later While the country as a whole has been friends to the Jews individuals still feel the wrath of Nazism In her encounters with Berliners Garcia paints a picture of the city that in the 21st century is home to a vibrant immigrant culture A short book which I read in the course of a day Here in Berlin makes me long for Garcia s magical realism yet is still engaging in informing her readers of the current social situation in Germany3 stars

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