The Flood in Saxony (Die Sintflut in Sachsen)
432pp (108,000 words)
»The portrait of a family in post-war East Germany«
In Wurzen, a small city near Leipzig, the Wagner family runs a blacksmith’s that forms the centre of family life. This is where young Max grows up. His father and Uncle Fritz work in the smithy, Uncle Walter at the scrapyard, while his mother tells stories.
Max Wagner takes us through the streets, giving us an insight into the political and social conditions in the rural GDR, into intrigues and plans for the future, and into many intellectual ideas we thought we’d long since overcome.
Through narrative flashbacks, Bernd Wagner depicts a world still lit by gas, where iron stoves roar and a railway journey is an adventure. Yet this is no idyll, no nostalgic paean to a vanished land. Rather, THE FLOOD IN SAXONY is a panorama of German life, an exploration of the era after the Second World War, in which two German states emerged and numerous conflicts bubbled beneath the surface.