The Wall Jumper
The Wall Jumper
A Berlin Story
University of Chicago Press, Paperback, 9780226739410, 144pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 1998
When the Berlin Wall was still the most tangible representation of the Cold War, Peter Schneider made this political and ideological symbol into something personal, that could be perceived on a human level, from more than one side. In Schneider's Berlin, real people cross the Wall not to defect but to quarrel with their lovers, see Hollywood movies, and sometimes just because they can't help themselves the Wall has divided their emotions as much as it has their country.
"An honest, rich book. . . . It is one those rare books that come back at odd moments to intrude on your comfortable conclusions and easy images." Robert Houston, "Nation"
Leigh Hafrey is Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Communication at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and co-Master of Mather House, Harvard College. His journalism, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared in the "New York Times" and other American and European periodicals.
One of the "Top 10 Books about the Berling Wall"
"[The Wall Jumper] might be the best Wall fiction ever written. . . . This is a riveting portrait of a city and a people trapped by mental as well as physical walls."
“An honest, rich book. . . . It is one those rare books that come back at odd moments to intrude on your comfortable conclusions and easy images.”
“[Schneider’s] short, remarkable book is profoundly moving and frequently salted with humor, for which readers will be grateful.”
“Marvelous . . . creates, in very few words, the unreal reality of Berlin.”
“Schneider’s description of the Berlin Wall from both sides . . . is the ultimate depiction of this structure. Nothing more need be said.”