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This is an auction for HEROES LIKE US by Thomas Brussig.

"Jittery, depraved, sycophantic, publicity-seeking yet utterly naïve and hopelessly duped, Klaus Uhltzscht--his country's 'most abject zombie'--is as startling and memorable a character as anyone could want."
- New York Times Book Review

"If this novel is as funny in the original (it was a best seller in Germany), it's pretty funny. It's the story of Klaus Uhlzscht, who even as a child sees himself destined to greatness, even a Nobel prize - all evidence to the contrary. It's about coming of age, his moribund, mysterious father, overly-hygienic mother, summer camp, apprenticeship in the Stasi, but most of all it's about his preoccupation with his (euphemism alert!) member: its uses and abuses, ascensions and dimensions, its promises and purposes. The whole is in the form of an interview with a New York Times reporter, the cause of the interview being Klaus's instrumentality in the fall of the Berlin Wall (see Nobel prize, above), through demonstration of his (euphemism alert!) member, grown through surgical error to gigantic proportion, to awed border guards. Recommended, but far out."
- Library Journal (US) review:

"FIVE STARS!!! This book (and the film with the same title) are so funny you will laugh your head off. Starting with the Russian march into Prague (and the birth of the protagonist) it describes his life and the outstanding role he (and a certain part of his body) played in German reunification. It was a bestseller in Germany, and is a must-read ;-))"

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Paperback 1997.

250 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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