With laconic wit and a tenderness immune to sentimentality Schulze starts to tell us ‘simple stories’, in pitch-perfect prose reminiscent of Raymond Carver, about. German writer Ingo Schulze’s first collection of short stories, 33 Moments Of The 29 anecdotal tales in Simple Stories range from the years. In the 29 stories of Simple Storys Ingo Schulze creates a mosaic of East German anxiety after the Wende of Like Raymond Carver.

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Stay in Touch Sign up. A Ladder to the Sky. Theodora rated it it was amazing Oct 27, It’s a great insight into Post-Wende East Germany.

Looking for More Great Reads? Dec 18, Pages Buy. Under the Feet of Jesus. Not least of all because of the way the story or rather the stories are told. I was also bored to death storids didn’t like the writing style, too minimalist.

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Ich habe ein Buch bei BookCrossing. May 04, Katalin rated it it was amazing. But as the number of characters prolifrate, and events unfold in various time frames, it is necesary to begin each chapter, narrated from a diffrent perspective, with a radical shift in POV. I loved almost every second of reading this book – even though I had to read it for uni ;!

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It is impossible to know who all the characters are, even when turning back constantly to the summaries at the start of each chapter.


I thought it could have been interesting, but there isn’t much in these stories. Lists with This Book. Sono storie semplici, ma anche banali, accomunate da speranze che si sciolgono come neve al sole. It’s truly a very exciting read, as the full picture of the community is only gradually revealed to the reader, and the tiniest mention of an event in one of the early chapters might end up being a hint to the outcome of the story of another person who only gets his tale told towards the end!

Paperbackpages. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. A collection of unusually described and sometimes confusing stories of life in a small East German town directly after the fall of the wall. The Travelling Cat Chronicles.

The many separate stories in the beginning may come together to create something great but I have neither the patience or memory to get to that point.

Schulze is a baroquely expansive comic. To ask other readers questions about Simple Storiesplease sign up. Bruce rated it it was amazing Feb 24, Ein richtig gutes Buch. To allow that this book is rather amazing is not to say that I loved it.

Open Preview See a Problem? Horsemen of the Sands. Francesco Fantuzzi rated it liked it Feb 06, Credo che il titolo “Semplici storie” riassuma molto bene le storie che Schulze ha voluto raccontare.

They are also interlinked because in a few stories we meet the same characters, but in a different moment of their lives, and this doesn’t help, on the contrary, i The Italian edition I have read has only six stories.


Sonst sind die Geschichten sehr ineinandergreifen, interessant, und kreativ. Schulze creates a precarious and affectionate backdrop against which his heroes struggle to live out their simple stories.

Feb 08, Mindy rated it liked it Recommended to Ijgo by: Growing Up Ethnic in America. Schulze skillfully intercuts an assortment of moving and comic vignettes about seemingly unconnected people, gradually linking them into an exhilarating whole of tidal unity and emotional force, until we see that all the time we have been reading a novel in glittering fragments, spun by a master. Feb 17, Nathan Modlin rated it really liked it. I wrote my Honours thesis on this book in Schultze spent six months in St Petersburg which became the basis for his debut collection of short stories 33 Moments of Happiness A very interesting read!

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Simple Stories

Piccole storie dopo la caduta del muro. From the Trade Paperback edition. The April 3rd Incident. I found some of the description filled with anachronisms, which confused me about the time frame.

Mar 05, Georgina Thynne rated it did not like it Shelves: I complex and beautiful novel about the difficult lives of east and west germans around the time of unification.