National Public Radio today had an interview with German author Peter Schneider, asking him about his views of Berlin 25 years after those stirring days in November 1989 that brought down the wall and changed Europe’s history.Schneider has just finished a new book, called “Berlin Now,” where he brings to bear his experience of 50 plus years in Berlin on the current situation. Among German readers, Schneider is well known as the author of several by now canonical works. Most notably with regard to the Berlin Wall is his “Wall Jumper” [Mauerspringer], which addresses life in a divided city. But his literary accounts of the student revolution, published in his “Lenz” and, much more recently, in the semi-documentary novel “Rebellion und Wahn,” are equally popular.
There is an Agnes Scott connection:
As you can see based on the poster, Peter Schneider has visited Agnes Scott College in the fall of 2009 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall and to inaugurate the German Studies Halle Lecture Series at Agnes Scott College. He gave a very interesting talk and visited some German classes to share his insights.