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German Women Writers and the Spatial Turn: New Perspectives by Beth A. Muellner, Carola Daffner

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Susanne Lenné Jones

Chance Encounters: The Secrets of Irina Liebmann’s Quiet Center of Berlin (2001)

Born in Moscow in 1943, former East German author Irina Liebmann belongs to the generation of post-World War II authors who takes a more serious approach to the legacy of National Socialism and who questions the linear workings of memory, but who still sees truth hidden in the space of material objects, such as photographs. While Liebmann’s photo-essay Stille Mitte von Berlin [Quiet Center of Berlin] (2001) includes a visual element, creating what Jones refers to as a “multifaceted narrative” that spans three timeframes, 18481945, the mid-1980s, and the post-1989 period, the emphasis here is on the written text. Focusing on the “quiet places” ...

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