An ingenious, revealing, and charming tale about the invention of a popular German sidewalk food by a woman who met, seduced, and held captive a deserter in April, 1945, just before the war's end.The Invention of Curried Sausage is an ingenious, revealing, and delightful novel about the invention of a popular German sidewalk food. Uwe Timm has heard claims that currywurst first appeared in Berlin in the 1950s, but he seems to recall having eaten it much earlier, as a boy in his native Hamburg, at a stand owned and operated by Lena Brücker. He decides to check it out. Although the discovery of curried sausage is eventually explained, it is its prehistory - about how Lena Brücker met, seduced and held captive a German deserter in Hamburg, in April, 1945, just before the war's end-that is the tastiest part. Timm draws gorgeous details from Lena's fine-grained recollections, and the pleasure these provide her and the reader supply the tale's real charm.
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Over seven days and seven visits from our narrator, the now-aged Mrs. BrÅcker (like Homer, she's become a blind creator, even knitting a sweater as she spins her yarn) tells her wonderful story, not the least of it having to do with her 27-day romance (starting April 29th, 1945) with a 24- year-o...| Read Full Review of The Invention of Curried Sausage
The ubiquitous German curbside fare is found to have origins in a furtive romance.| Read Full Review of The Invention of Curried Sausage
There's little nourishment or piquancy in "The Invention of Curried Sausage," a flavorless adaptation of Uwe Timm's 1993 tome about a lonely Hamburg woman who shelters an AWOL navy man in the waning days of World War II.Aug 27 2008 | Read Full Review of The Invention of Curried Sausage
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