Karin Reschke

Trümmerland Kinderland

Literary appendum to a childhood in bombed-out Berlin.

The writer's memory, kaleidoscopely captured, of a child's world within the puzzle of debris, as though there had never been anything else. Civilization's shards become the children's playground between torn-up streets and ruins. The first-person narrator uses different names and addresses, while moving seemingly light-footed from scene to scene. Half-grown, in search for orientation and raised in the after-war period, she experiences a new beginning: A faint resistance forms against guardians at home, in school and amongst peers.