144 Pages, gebunden
East Germany, 1982: In East Berlin, in Leipzig, and in Dresden too there is a generation – dressed in Jeans and parkas – who are restive. Among them is seventeen-year-old student Stefan Berg, who writes a letter to prominent author Günter de Bruyn, thanking him for a brave speech to the Pacifist movement. From this one letter blooms a friendship in many more, discussing literature and politics, but most of all one central subject: the life of the young Stefan Berg, drafted as a “construction soldier”, into the East German Army, tasked with labour instead of combat. A unique set of documents that make the desire for freedom – mere years before the fall of the Berlin Wall – tangible to readers of today.