Schönhäuser Allee

Original Title: Schönhauser Allee

original edition

Paperback, 192 pages, 11.8 x 18.7 cm, 4.6 x 7.4 in.
ISBN: 978-3-442-54168-3
€ 10.00 [D] | € 10.30 [A] | CHF 14.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Goldmann

Date of publication: December 1, 2001
This title is available.


Already 120.000 copies already sold in paperback

Rights sold to: Croatia (Fraktura), Finland (Samakko), Hungary (Helikon)

Wladimir  Kaminer - Schönhäuser Allee


Germany – a Russian fairy tale: no one succeeds better than Wladimir Kaminer in showing us this country as a collection of curiosities, full of remarkable people, strange destinies and fantastic events. Who, for instance, would have suspected that a shopping trip could turn into an adventure? It can in Schönhauser Allee, thanks to several Vietnamese who run a food store without any knowledge of the language or ability to pay. Irrespective of their contents, the goods on sale are sorted by packaging and priced by size. And should this method of business ever cause the proprietors to run short of money, they can try their luck in the Pure Joy gaming saloon run by Erik. Erik comes from Baku and used to be a musician, playing in the first and last heavy metal band in the Azerbaijani capital. But even outside the gaming saloon you can unexpectedly strike it lucky here. An over-filled garbage container turns out to be the last resting place of a library containing genuine treasures worth preserving. Perhaps not the manual on Where Do Babies Come From? – it is more interesting to find out where babies go when they grow up. But Fundamental Stylistic Tendencies in the Language of Lenin is worth a glance, falling into dilapidation as it is among scraps of spinach, cheek by jowl with the Tin Drum and the title asking anxiously Am I an Enemy of the Constitution? Not to mention Russian poetry complete with a war poem – a good soldier, pretty verses, all rhyming. A pity to ignore that one. And a pity, too, about the restaurant reduced to ashes in an attempt to invent fried sushi. There’s always something of interest on offer in the streets of Berlin …

Press opinions :

“Should anyone need further evidence that real life is more entertaining than fantasy, Wladimir Kaminer is the latest to provide it.” Die Welt

“Kaminer superimposes laconic irony on reality, with not a single superfluous flourish to his prose; he does not pigeon-hole his characters, but has an eye for essentials.” Die Welt

“Is anyone still calling for the Great Berlin Novel? Until it comes along, we can content ourselves with Kaminer and his trekking through the urban jungle. And the same, it is to be hoped, applies to his art: there is plenty of material for Wladimir Kaminer and his running chronicle of events.” Süddeutsche Zeitung

“It would be underestimating these stories to point out only their entertainment value. Their really striking feature, besides the author’s keen eye, is the positively touching goodwill which he brings to bear on the characters he describes.” Frankurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“Remember the name Kaminer. In a few years he will be a famous writer.” Neues Deutschland




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