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Reunified Berlin

September 2003

On November 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall “fell.” While most will recall happy images of East and West Germans celebrating atop the wall that had separated them for decades, Ingo Schulze and 2003 Bachmann Prize-winner Inka Parei give us some insight into the difficulties of post-reunification life.

Berlin Bolero
By Ingo Schulze
As long as he could feel her forehead in his hand, nothing bad could happen.
Translated from German by Edna McCown
From “The Shadowboxer”
By Inka Parei
Cut off by the Wall, the line lost its raison d’être decades ago and is reverting to scrub and desert.
Translated from German by Mike Mitchell