A poetic piece of time travel – Anne Weber’s new book inter- twines the author’s family history with the history of German thought.
Anne Weber goes on a journey of discovery, exploring the strange and fascinating world of her grandfather, Florens Christian Rang, as well as the tribulations and triumphs of the era. Rang – referred to as Sanderling in the book – was a jurist, a vicar in two villages near Poznán, a philosopher and writer. He was in correspondence with Hugo von Hofmannsthal, a friend of Martin Buber’s and Walter Benjamin’s. But Weber’s journey into her great-grandfather’s story necessitates a confrontation with the terrible German past – and her family’s past – as it continued after Sanderling’s death.