The Invention of Curried Sausage

The Invention of Curried Sausage

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An ingenious, revealing, and charming tale about the invention of a popular German sidewalk food by a woman who met, seduced, and held captive a deserter in April, 1945, just before the war's end.
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 1950s, 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 Brücker. He decides to check it out. Although the discovery of curried sausage is eventually explained, it is its prehistory - about how Lena Brücker met, seduced and held captive a German deserter in Hamburg, in April, 1945, 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.

Publisher: New York : New Directions, 1997, c1995
ISBN: 9780811213684
0811213684
Characteristics: 217 p. ; 19 cm

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gemmamaria
Feb 26, 2011

What a delight! A novella that brings personal, national and culinary histories together. A wonderful trip back in time.

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KarenW
May 02, 2006

While walking the streets of his old neighborhood, the narrator is suddenly reminded of a very powerful memory: curried sausage. And Mrs. Brucker''s was the best. The sausage stand is long gone, so he goes in search of her and her famous recipe. When he reunites with his old friend in a home for the elderly, the answer is not so easy to get out of her. Seven times he makes the trip to see and hear her story and watch her knit a sweater. Seven times he eats melt in your mouth tortes, and strong coffee. And every time she spins the tale of her life a little longer, a little more elaborate, a little more surprising. And what comes forth is a stunning portrait of Hamburg just as the war is ending. The mood of the city and its citizens is captured in sharp vignettes that show the true depth of the depravation of a war that will end the hopes of some and bring about the relief of others. Among these are a woman and her lover, and the love of food and flavors that unite the two. How, I will not tell, you need to experience this delicious little book on your own.

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