by Paul Gleye
Southern Illinois University Press, 1991
eISBN: 978-0-8093-8433-4 | Cloth: 978-0-8093-1743-1
Library of Congress Classification DD289.G58 1991
Dewey Decimal Classification 943.10878


Standing in long lines in the shops, coaxing clean laundry from an outdated washing machine, traveling despite unpredictable train schedules, and being without hot water, fruit, and vegetables through the gray winter months failed to dull Paul Gleye’s perceptions during the year he lived in Weimar, East Germany. Day by day Gleye documented his varied observations and experiences, unaware that they would prove a unique record of what would soon be an extinct society.

Gleye was in East Germany as a Fulbright lecturer. Living beyond the capital city of East Berlin and traveling and conversing freely, Gleye gained access to people and places that had been almost completely closed to Americans and other Westerners for decades.

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