160pp (32,300 words)
With humour and a great gift of observation, Reinhard Kaiser creates bit by bit an amusing, consummate portrait of post-war Germany:
Full of curiosity and with a childlike lack of preconceptions, he covers his beat – a secret garden, his father’s studio filled with abstract paintings, and the photo and radio shop run by his mother and uncle.
But the traces of a taboo past are everywhere, a past rarely referred to but much more present than it appears.
»There’s plenty more to be told about the spirit of the Fifties, and the most renowned authors fit to tell it. One of them is Reinhard Kaiser.«
»Kaiser returns to his roots recounting episodes from a postwar childhood – the childlike enthusiasm for discovery, the serendipities that illuminate historical context. (...) Kaiser’s great talent is to unearth stories from history.«
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
»Starting out on a cheerful note, Kaiser continues to reveal the traces of the past.«
»An author of strong standing in the literary world.«
Frankfurter Neue Presse
»Reinhard Kaiser looks back on his childhood in the Fifties without anger. As humourously as affectionately, he tells about live and its wondrous beginnings.«
»KINDSKOPF is rich in documentary detail, and rendered with quiet humour. Kaiser succeeds in straightening out the usual image of the early post-WWII republic. A true gem.«
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung