The Invention of Curried Sausage by Uwe Timm

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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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Uwe Timm was born 1940 in Hamburg. He studied German literature and philosophy in Munich and Paris. In 1972-1982 he was co-editor of the "Authors Edition. He is the author of M"idsummer Night and "The Invention of Curried Sausage. He lives in Munich and Berlin. Breon Mitchell is Professor of Germanic Studies and Comparative Literature at Indiana University, where he is also Director of the Lilly Library. A Rhodes Scholar, he received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Oxford University. His areas of specialization include literary translation, Anglo-German literary relations, literature and the visual arts, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, and Samuel Beckett.
 
Published May 1, 1995 by New Directions. 217 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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...

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The ubiquitous German curbside fare is found to have origins in a furtive romance.

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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.

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