Siblings - Penguin Modern Classics

Blackwell's Book of the Month

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Blackwell's Fiction Book of the Month

March 2024

'Spare, chilling, with wild flashes of vivid colour and the tempo of a thriller, Siblings jolts us into the beating heart of a family and post-war East Germany, conjuring the political dreams and divisions that make and ultimately break both' Lisa Appignanesi

1960. The border between East and West Germany has closed.

For Elisabeth - a young painter - the GDR is her generation's chance to build a glorious, egalitarian socialist future. For her brother Uli, it is a place of stricture and oppression. Separating them is the ever-wider chasm of the Party line; over them loom the twin spectres of opportunity and fear, and the shadow of their defector brother Konrad. In prose as bold as a scarlet paint stroke, Brigitte Reimann battles with the clash of idealism and suppression, familial loyalty, and desire. The result is this ground-breaking classic of post-war East German literature.

Translated by Lucy Jones

Book information

ISBN: 9780241555842
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Edition: Blackwell's Book of the Month
DEWEY: 833.914
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 190
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 114g
Height: 197mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 9mm