The Dance by the Canal

The Dance by the Canal

A tragicomic satire from the heart of East Germany.

Gabriela grows up in the East German town of Leibnitz. Her father is a famous surgeon, her mother a respected society hostess. The girl, however, struggles to fulfil their expectations. She shows no talent as a violinist and, worse, she fails to choose the right friends at school. When her father falls out of favour with the communists, Gabriela drops out of school. Eventually she ends up living beneath a canal… (more)

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This is another extraordinarily powerful tale from the Peirene fountain: a somewhat uncomfortable read, but full of food for thought. Die Zeit acclaimed this work, with reason, as ‘thirty years of East German history narrated with laconic irony’.


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Publisher: Peirene Press (September 18, 2017)

Page count: 128 pages

Language: English


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