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Seiler in Poetry Wales

Two translations of mine of Lutz Seiler’s poetry appear in the summer issue of Poetry Wales

Alexander Booth

Train to Prague

Autumn 91 on the train from Berlin to Prague. Sitting in the first class section with a kiwi couple who actually had the right to be there. 275 more words


Peering into the secret, spooky world of the Stasi

When the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago this November, the Soviet-backed regime that had ruled East Germany as a police state for 40 years quickly dissolved. 309 more words

The Rhine Again- going up stream now – a different story!

We are back on the Rhine again since last Friday. I was going to write a blog about buying carpets for the boat but that will have to wait as going up river on the Rhine is happening now and is a lot more interesting. 654 more words

Places Visited

Return to the German Democratic Republic

I have a fascination for the old German Democratic Republic, a weird retro itch, a hankering for the edginess of times gone. I first set foot in this bizarrely timeless statelette as it was in its death throws, its regime clinging to power with supreme efforts of denial. 215 more words

Andrew Reid Wildman

The Lives of Others (2006) German title: Das Leben der Anderen


Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Screenplay: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Captain Gerd Wiesler’s service was called upon by the Stasi due to his experience in investigative surveillance.

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