Germania: A Personal History of Germans Ancient and Modern

Germania: A Personal History of Germans Ancient and Modern

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By (author) Simon Winder

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 34mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330451405
  • ISBN 13: 9780330451406
  • Sales rank: 19,603

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'It made me laugh so hard that I woke up my wife and had to give up reading the book in bed. If Bill Bryson had collaborated with W. G. Sebald to write a book about Germany, they might have wound up with something like this' Sunday Times Germania is a very personal guide to the Germany that Simon Winder loves. Equally passionate about the region's history, folklore, cuisine, architecture and landscape, Winder describes Germany's past afresh -- and in doing so sees a country much like our own: Protestant, aggressive and committed to eating some very strange food. This accessible, enthusiastic and startlingly vivid account is a brilliant introduction to the hidden wonders of Germany. 'A splendid offering' Financial Times 'His excitement is beguiling and infectious ...There are many pleasures to be savoured in Germania, gems that make Winder's clever, rambunctious work a book to treasure' Literary Review 'Beautifully written and insightful' Irish Times

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Simon Winder is the author of the highly praised The Man Who Saved Britain. He works in publishing and lives in Wandsworth Town.

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Praise for "Germania"“Wonderful—very witty and highly entertaining, splendidly and amusingly opinionated, marvellously colourful in its descriptions of unusual places and little known people, and full of enjoyable insights into German history and culture.” —Ian Kershaw, author of "Hitler: A Biography"“Winder is perhaps the first to have succeeded in presenting Germany as no less fun that France or Italy and the Germans as a nation of eccentrics very like our own . . . He excels in a style that he self-deprecatingly calls ‘anecdotal facetiousness’ but which manages to convey copious quantities of facts in the most enjoyable way possible.” —"Evening Standard"“It’s plain that Winder’s mind is fizzing with interesting ideas. He can write beautifully, embodying a whole world in a phrase . . . He finds new angles on familiar subjects . . . His excitement is beguiling and infectious; he’s widely rea