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Joel Agee, the son of James Agee, was raised for twelve years in East Germany, where his stepfather, the novelist Bodo Uhse, was a member of the privileged communist intelligentsia. This is the story of how young Joel failed to become a good communist, becoming instead a fine writer.
"A wonderfully evocative memoir. . . . Agee evoked for me the atmosphere of postwar Berlin more vividly than the actual experience of it--and I was there." --Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, "New York Times"
"One of those rare personal memoirs that brings to life a whole country and an epoch." --Christopher Isherwood
"Twelve Years consists of a series of finely honed anecdotes written in a precise, supple prose rich with sensual detail." --David Ghitelman, "Newsday"
"By turns poetic and picturesque, Agee energetically catalogues his expatriate passage to manhood with a pinpoint eye and a healthy American distaste for pretension. . . . Huckleberry Finn would have . . . welcomed him] as a soulmate on the raft." --J. D. Reed, "Time"
"A triumph. . . . Unfettered by petty analysis or quick explanations, a story that is timeless and ageless and vital." --Robert Michael Green, "Baltimore Sun"
Title: Twelve Years: An American Boyhood in East Germany
Publisher: University of Chicago Press:
ISBN Number: 0226010503
ISBN Number 13: 9780226010502
Book Condition: New
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