Regina Scheer: Machandel. Knaus Verlag (Hardcover, Literary Fiction)



Original Title: Machandel

Hardcover with jacket, 480 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-8135-0640-2
€ 22.99 [D] | € 23.70 [A] | CHF 32.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Knaus

Date of publication: August 11, 2014
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Regina  Scheer - Machandel


A generation-spanning family saga about socialism and its collapse

When Clara accompanies her brother to Machandel in 1985 shortly before he leaves East Germany, she finds in the Mecklenburg village a charming summer cottage. She moves here with her young family to escape the tempestuous political developments in East Berlin. To begin with, she has no idea just how much her own life is entangled with this village. Her father, Hans Langner, a Communist wanted by the Nazis, had already found refuge here during the final days of the war before he became a cabinet minister in the new state. Yet his son is now turning his back on precisely this state, and his daughter is involved in civic rights movements. Whatever has happened to all the dreams and hopes of those days?

Regina Scheer's impressive debut ranges from the 1930's, covering World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall and into the present day. She tells of the beginnings of East Germany, where left-wing powers, weakened by fascism and Stalinism, wanted to create a better Germany; of lethargy and disappointment; of the feeling of hope and optimism in the late 1980's; and of burst bubbles of lifelong dreams.

For all readers of Eugen Ruge and Uwe Tellkamp.

"The author has a burning interest in people and their fates. Her wonderful novel shines like a poetic mosaic of reminiscences."

Schweriner Volkszeitung


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