|Dimensions||17 × 24 cm|
General – Trade / Code: K
Life Behind the Iron Curtain 1982-89
“I live at the edge of a world called GDR, in a village surrounded by hills, valleys and thick forests. It could be beautiful, but the iron curtain runs through it like a scar, and we just so happen to live on the wrong side of it.”
Once upon a time, there was a small, three-letter-country known as GDR. Claudia Bierschenk spent the first fourteen years of her life there, until it disappeared from all maps of the world overnight.
Never Mind, Comrade isn’t about how awful life was behind the ‘iron curtain’ during the 1980s. Yes, we learn of a world ruled by ideology, restrictions, half-truths, superstition, but there is also magic and humour within these pages.
The country that Claudia Bierschenk grew up in no longer exists. Perhaps the strongest message from this book is that if the Berlin Wall can fall, anything is possible.
“A compelling and poetic account of the harsh realities of life behind the Berlin Wall. One of my books of the year, so far.”
— Adelle Stripe, author of Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile (shortlisted: Gordon Burn Prize, Portico Prize) and Ten Thousand Apologies (Sunday Times bestseller).