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By Rebecca Schuman

"This e-book is a wild and beautiful experience. Your consultant, Rebecca Schuman, is a super-smart and intensely humorous one who writes brilliantly approximately Germany and Germans (who aren't what you're thinking that) and being younger and insane and existence commonly and… simply learn it, OK?"
-Dave Barry

Sometimes Love will get misplaced in Translation

You understand that feeling you get observing the elevator doorways slam close ahead of your poisonous coworker can step in? Or seeing a parking price ticket on a Hummer? There’s a observe for this combination of malice and pleasure, and the Germans (of path) invented it. It’s Schadenfreude, deriving excitement from others’ misfortune. Misfortune occurs to be a area of expertise of Slate columnist Rebecca Schuman—and this is often nice information for the Germans. For Rebecca adores the Vaterland with the type of single-minded ardour its Volk often reserve for beer, football, and being correct for all time.

Let’s simply say the love isn’t mutual.

Schadenfreude is the tale of a teenage Jewish highbrow who falls in love – in love with a boy (who breaks her heart), a language (that’s approximately very unlikely to master), a tradition (that’s nihilistic, yet punctual), and a panorama (that’s breathtaking while there’s no longer a wall within the way). Rebecca is a regular, misunderstood 90’s youngster with a fondness for Pearl Jam and Ethan Hawke circa Reality Bites, until eventually males stroll into her highschool Civics classification: Dylan Gellner, with deep brown eyes and an excellent deeper soul, and Franz Kafka, hitching a experience in Dylan’s backpack. those males are the awl to the frozen sea that's Rebecca’s spirit, and what flows forth is a keenness for all issues German. old flame may be fleeting, yet Kafka is eternally, and in pursuit of this elusive ardour Rebecca will spend 20 years stuttering and stumbling via German sentences, attempting to win over a those that can’t be troubled.

At as soon as a photo of a tender lady discovering herself, and a rustic slowly beginning to sew itself again jointly after approximately a century of conflict (both sizzling and cold), Schadenfreude, A Love Story is a thrilling, hilarious, and convinced, perhaps even heartfelt memoir proving that usually the truest loves play difficult to get.

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