Germania by Simon Winder
In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History
Sitting on a seat at a mutual table in an eatery in Regensburg, his plate stacked with exasperating measures of bratwurst and sauerkraut made brilliant by candlelight radiating through a gigantic glass of lager, Simon Winder was cheerfully swinging his legs when a couple from Rottweil courteously yet fumblingly asked: “So: what are you doing here?”
This book is an endeavor to answer that question. Why invest energy meandering around a nation that remaining parts a kind of no man’s land for some nonnatives, encompassed as it is by a constrain field of recorded, semantic, climatic, and gastronomic hindrances? Winder’s book is moved by a desire to recover the splendid, tumultuous, perpetually changed German human advancement that the Nazis covered and demolished, and that, since 1945, such a large number of Germans have attempted to revamp.
Germania is an extremely amusing book on genuine points—how we are misdirected by history, how we bend history, and how some of the time it is best to know no history by any stretch of the imagination. It is a book loaded with interests: odd nourishment, manors, frantic sovereigns, tall tales, and stallion mating recordings. It is about the points of confinement of dialect, the significance of culture, and the delight of townscape.