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The Invention Of Curried Sausage Is An Ingenious, Revealing, And Delightful Novel About The Invention Of A Popular German Sidewalk Food Uwe Timm Has Heard Claims That Currywurst First Appeared In Berlin In The S, But He Seems To Recall Having Eaten It Much Earlier, As A Boy In His Native Hamburg, At A Stand Owned And Operated By Lena Br Cker He Decides To Check It Out Although The Discovery Of Curried Sausage Is Eventually Explained, It Is Its Prehistory About How Lena Br Cker Met, Seduced And Held Captive A German Deserter In Hamburg, In April, , Just Before The War S End That Is The Tastiest Part Timm Draws Gorgeous Details From Lena S Fine Grained Recollections, And The Pleasure These Provide Her And The Reader Supply The Tale S Real Charm

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  1. says:

    I haven t read the translation but I do feel the need to make absolutely clear that Currywurst is not curried sausage The Wurst is never curried, it may be served in a curried tomato sauce, or in tomato sauce with a dusting of curry powder on top but the Wurst is uncurried, a plain, traditional Wurst chopped into slices I know that translation is the art of failure, but the translator failed too far in this case For added annoyance towards the end of the novel the author describes the invention of that cheering snack from which it is absolutely clear that one isn t talking about curried sausage meat.Anyway I recalled this novel the other day as I was walking up hill, I saw a greybeard dragging a bicycle out on to the pavement when past him flew a schoolboy, legs pumping the pedals of his own bike, as I drew level with the old man he could no longer contain his need to explain, at length, the multiple deficiencies of school boys, all due to their fearlessness, this led him to abruptly begin talking about the Hitler Youth view spoiler conversation lacks spoiler tags which is inconvenient at times hide spoiler

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    Curried sausage, anyone I like chicken curry be it Indian curry or Thai curry I especially like it when it is served with nan that Indian unleavened bread and eaten by hands A gastronomical delight with the red and green pepper, the aroma of coconut and the thick yellowish sauce chicken curry is definitely a mouth or even soul satisfying food But German curry Curried sausage, invented in German That s news to me This 1001 book, The Invention of Curried Sausage tells the story of how curried sausage was invented by a poor German woman named Lena Brucker after World War II when food was scarce in Berlin Out of necessity, the poor woman mixed whatever ingredients were available and came up with curried sausage Sort of necessity creates invention but if the invention is something like this, I would say yes to war haha But don t get me wrong This book is not a recipe book or just a story of the invention It is about a nation s emotional suffering from the backlash of playing that dreadful part in World War II It is about adultery and Nazism It is about the ubiquitous Currywurst as a symbol of post war German cultural integration back to the world.In short, the delightful curry is just used as a metaphor for German s integration to the world that it, in my opinion, betrayed like Lena falling in love to a soldier that deserted the war, Bremer The book is entertaining and easy to read and can be a good movie material just like Like Water for Chocolate I think.If you want a forbidden yet true love with the post WWII Germany as backdrop, go for this novella A quick 1001 book read Charming.

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    Lena Br cker is the heroine of Uwe Timm s 1993 novella, The Invention of Curried Sausage or Die Entdeckung der Currywurst in German A kind of sausage any German has enjoyed in their youth and beyond Now old and blind, living in a nursing home, Lena shares her memories of the last weeks in Hamburg in April early May 1945 with the much younger narrator For decades, Lena owned one of the food stalls in downtown Hamburg, and her specialty was curried sausage One of the many customers was young Uwe Timm himself Even as an adult he returned to her stall whenever he was in Hamburg hers were the best and most flavourful Why Did Lena in fact discover the curried sausage that became a standard snack at outdoor stalls all across Germany ever since When on one occasion he could not find her he tracked her down to the nursing home He wanted to know if she was indeed the person who invented or discovered the curried sausage for the German market as he always had believed And so, in many conversations, interrupted by coffee and cake, and by her counting her knitting pattern, they engage in a dialog about those days and her life in Hamburg when he was a small child.Timm s fictionalized portrait of Lena Br cker is touching and affecting He takes his own childhood recollections and what he had learned from and about the real Lena as the basis for this story At one level his novella is a very domestic story, an almost daily account of Lena s thoughts and emotions, her efforts to keep herself out of trouble in those last days of the war At another level Lena s account interpreted by Timm provides a insightful portrayal of the community life around Lena people torn by the conflicting political beliefs and messages surrender or fight to the last Suspicious of each other, fearful of neighbours and crude officials, and, yes for some, it meant fear for their lives Others managed through complicity and small acts of defiance to unsettle the local authorities For Lena, these memories are vivid, but nothing comes close to her domestic situation after she encounters a young soldier, not older than her own son, who she offered shelter during a storm Bremer, the soldier, turns into the other major figure in the story He is confronted with two options obey orders and risk almost certain death or hide and face being discovered as a deserter with the inevitable consequences.How did Lena invent the curry sauce for her sausages Well, you have to read the book to find out Lena s need to tell her personal story is paramount and so she takes the narrator and the reader on a meandering road through her experiences and emotions during those difficult times, thus delaying the answer to the secret of the curry sausage as long as she can I was less convinced by Bremer s character and his behaviour His story didn t have the same level of cohesion and authenticity as Lena s.Much could, of course, have been said about life in Hamburg in April 1945, the deeper impact of the War or the wider political context But then, Uwe Timm did write a novella and not a novel With it, he has opened for us a small window into the reality experienced by a small group of people at a particular moment in time While the overall tone is serious and reflective, we also discover lighter moments in the story telling For example when Lena goes through many hoops to barter for what she needs for her sausage business These scenes and others illustrate the typical kind of humour a humour that makes you laugh despite it all the obstacles and I read the book in German and cannot comment on the translation I was wondering, however, how some of the colloquialisms of words and phrases translate In German it gives the story a lively and direct feel, especially in the sections of dialog.

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    Although fairly unknown and relatively obscure in the United States, this novella by Uwe Timm was a best seller in Germany in the mid 1990s, and it is a remarkable piece of literature The translator, Leila Vennewitz, deserves a word of praise too even in translation this story unfolds in a lyrical, captivating manner.A fellow living in Munich sometimes debates with friends where his favorite German specialty snack, curried sausage, originated, and he maintains it began with a woman who lived in his aunt s building in his boyhood home city of Hamburg He tracks down that woman, Mrs Bruecker, in a convalescent home in Hamburg, to discover the story of just how curried sausage came to be, and through the elderly now blind woman s recollections, and the snippets of information he gleams from others who knew her in the 1940s, we learn not only the recipe and origin of the dish, but what it was like for Germans in the closing months of the war in that part of Germany, and how one woman in particular dealt with informers, rationing, the black market, a handsome young deserter, and a philandering husband Part of the magic of the story is the way old Bruecker tells the tale in her own good time, often while simultaneously knitting a cheerful sweater, and occasionally stopping to savor a nice piece of German cake It is a story of endurance and survival, of coping with defeat and loss and making the most of what you ve got when the going gets tough It is also a story that confronts evil, passion, betrayal, and unexpected kindnesses, so I give it five stars for being both a fascinating look at Germany from within in the time around 1945 and on a larger level, a piece of literature evoking and artistically presenting universal themes and truths.

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    Curried sausage was accidentally invented when love had at last brought the pain it had promised It was salvation disguised as food Who knows where she would have ended up, dead maybe, had she not stumbled, eyes blinded by tears, spilling the curry powder Against the backdrop of an ending war they found each other Their love was illicit, but true nonetheless Years after, eyes blinded by old age, she remembers everything A man in search of the inventor of curried sausage finds her in a nursing home, eyes blind now because of old age It is the origin of a food he seeks, but it was a love of long ago which bubbles forth from the spring of memory that remains as young as she was when she had kept a German soldier inside her apartment, long after the war had ended, trying to give themselves a little , when everything seemed to be at its end.

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    This novella snuck up on me Uwe Timm writes a story about an old woman recalling a wartime relationship and how it lead to the invention of the German take out dish curried sausage This story sucked me in until I got to the point I couldn t put it down not even for a currywurst Beautiful, poignant, and powerfully written, this story begs to be heard I may read it aloud next time.

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    Excellent description of not only a very touching romance between an older woman and a young soldier but what the last days of the war and the first few months of peace were like for normal people Lena by chance meets a young soldier destined for the last push of the war, which inevitably would cost him his life as it did so many others She hides him in her flat and they have a short romance Neither is quite honest, he forgets to mention his wife and child and she that the war is over within days of his arrival at her flat It s her last bit of youth, her last love interest and she does intend to tell him soon, but wants to keep him for a little longer Lena is a quintessential working women of her time coping first with the war and then with the aftermath Very good description of life in Hamburg of that time Reminds me very much of my grandmother s description of their lives during and after the war What it meant for ordinary people.And the Currywurst No idea if the Lena Brueckner of this story has really invented it, there are many rumours of where it came from and who invented it I am not sure anybody knows, timing seems to be right However if done right, it is delicious It is the first thing my British children want to eat when they visit Germany It s comfort food It s not healthy, but it hits the spot And yes, you can make it yourself if you get hold of a good recipe, but it is so much better if you buy Currywurst mit Pommes from a simple Wurstbude , which you find all over Germany, especially on train stations, fun fairs, etc.I would recommend the book and the Currywurst to anyone.

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    The story within the story double narrator device is set in Hamburg, Germany at the end of WWII The protagonist, a young man who used to eat curried sausage at Mrs Br cker s stand sets out to find out how she came to invent curried sausage Mrs Br cker begins a long story which really is the story of her life at the end of WWII A young naval officer, Bremer, is assigned to go to the front line to stop British tanks instead of returning to his map room in Oslo He spends the night with Lena He then decides to go AWOL because he has heard how he might die on the front line as the British are entering Hamburg He believes he cannot leave her apartment and Mrs Br cker does not tell him that the war is over She keeps him 27 days By telling her long story she has in essence taken captive another young man who has had to stay away days than he anticipated to hear how Lena invented the sausage At first, I did not like Lena because of her dishonesty and unfairness with Bremer s life She is a strong woman who managed to survive the war, maintain her own opinions and she was able to use her capitalist ingenuity to become a woman who was able to take care of herself, her children and her grandchild There is much to admire about Lena Lena loves to make much of little pg 34 This reminds me of my German heritage I did not like Bremer who chose to go AWOL and who did not acknowledge is wife and child I also liked Lena s statement about old age, on page 146 You know, the only unfair thing is old age and That s the strange thing, for a long time getting old is something that happens only to other people And then one day, somewhere around forty, you find it s happening to yourself you notice And yes, you do get to find out how Curried Sausage was invented Themes include not telling important things This touches on her relationship with Bremer, her relationship with her husband who doesn t tell her things and she doesn t ask and even her own and the German people who choose not to wonder about the Jewish people who are disappearing Another theme might be the power of food Bremer gains weight in captivity while the Germans are losing weight and the Jewish people are skeletons In the end we see Lena an old lady relishing her sweets The curry is supposed to have antidepressant effects Bremer loses his taste Apparently this would be a good companion read with The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass I ve read some other reviews and in the most part the translation was good though there might have been a better choice than chitlins Uwe Timm is a successful German writer He has won the Jakob Wassermann prize Uwe Timm s older brother died at the end of WWII The author was an author in residence in 1997 to the Washington University in St Louis.

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    Currywurst is one of those weird results of the post war era the most teutonic of foods, the sausage, fried up in Indian curry or rather a European version of it As Timm puts it, it s the sort of food that could only be a hit in a country where grey must occasionally be offset by splats of red It started turning up in hot dog stands in the 50s and became a staple of German fast food Trying to pinpoint exactly when and by whom it was invented is like trying to decide who invented the hamburger or the kebab it s always been there.Except Timm or rather his narrator remembers eating it in Hamburg in the years directly after the war, as a kid picking through bombed out houses and abandoned defense posts, and claims to know exactly who invented it And so one day in the 1990s, he looks up the woman who used to run the local hot dog stand back then and asks her how she came to invent the recipe She s old, pushing 90, and blind, but remembers him You want to know how I invented curried sausage It s a long story It started in 1945, when I was 40, hadn t seen my husband since he joined the army 6 years earlier, and ran into this young sailor during an air raid who really didn t want to be crushed under a tank the next dayThe Invention Of Curried Sausage takes place during the last days of the war and the weeks after, as the British army crosses the river and the citizens of Hamburg are ordered by to fight to the last drop to turn around a war that s obviously already been lost, while Hitler blows his brains out in his bunker in Berlin But that s not the focus It s the story of one woman and one much younger man who cling to each other as everything falls apart around them a love story that isn t one, since they re far too different, pushed together by circumstances that won t last, and lying their asses off to stave off the inevitable end It s a simple story, but told so subtly and with so many little details that it captures so much the paranoia of living in a fascist dictatorship, the desperation of defeat, the realisation that you ve been on the wrong side, the role of women in a society built on the idea of strength all that, sure But also the very nature of human interaction, trust, distrust, hope, despair, hunger It s not pretty, it pretty much can t be under those circumstances It s the sort of novel short, greasy, and yet perfectly spiced that belongs under a grey rainy sky in the shadow of quickly built concrete houses, with a plate of warm sausage in curry sauce.

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    Firstly, the invention of curried sausage is not at all what The Invention of Curried Sausage is about.Well OK, it is about that, sort of In this book, the narrator author, Uwe Timm goes on a search for the culinary origins of this reputedly famous German street food He does so by tracking down the owner of a food stall from his childhood, Lena Br ckner, now old, blind and living in a nursing home She will not answer his curry question directly, and instead tells Timm of her time in Hamburg as WWII draws to a close, in particular of her affair with Bremer, a young deserter from the German military She takes Bremer in just as Hamburg is falling to the British Army, ostensibly to hide and shelter him, but mostly in reaction to her own selfish issues of abandonment and loneliness.There are deep undercurrents in this novella about disassociation, infidelity and lies about loss and the little things that people do to survive about fears and suspicion Food plays an important and allegorical role in this book the smuggled treats that Lena brings to Bremer the culinary creations by Lena s chef employer, served first to the German and then the British military the little cakes that Lena serves to Timm in the interludes between her story telling and finally, the big reveal as we learn at the end of the book how her famous curried sausage came to be It is all quite subtle and carefully woven Unfortunately, this book became rather dull and spiritless as it progressed, and despite all of its strong under currents, the story just wasn t very compelling I gradually lost interest, in the characters, in their stories, in their lives and eventually, in the invention of curried sausage A 3 star for me.