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claudia bierschenk • never mind, comrade • memoir of 1980s east germany

Claudia Bierschenk — Never Mind, Comrade — Tangerine Press
Claudia Bierschenk — Never Mind, Comrade — Tangerine Press
  • Three editions: trade paperback; 100 numbered & 26 lettered copies

FORTHCOMING 2022

Life Behind the Iron Curtain 1982-89

“I live at the edge of a world called GDR, in a village surrounded by hills, valleys and thick forests. It could be beautiful, but the iron curtain runs through it like a scar, and we just so happen to live on the wrong side of it.”

Once upon a time, there was a small, three-letter-country known as GDR. Claudia Bierschenk spent the first fourteen years of her life there, until it disappeared from all maps of the world overnight. Never Mind, Comrade isn’t about how awful life was behind the ‘iron curtain’ during the 1980s. Yes, we learn of a world ruled by ideology, restrictions, half-truths, superstition, but there is also magic and humour within these pages. The author skillfully and sensitively conjures up a child’s curiosity, not just the clear-eyed innocence of those years, but also how deeply children think and feel about ‘adult’ concerns. The country that Claudia Bierschenk grew up in no longer exists. Perhaps the strongest message from this book is that if the Berlin Wall can fall, anything is possible.

"A compelling and poetic account of the harsh realities of life behind the Berlin Wall. One of my books of the year, so far."

Adelle Stripe, author of Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile (shortlisted: Gordon Burn Prize, Portico Prize) and Ten Thousand Apologies (Sunday Times bestseller).

WITH A FOREWORD BY PETE LALLY

HANS TICHA
Reproduction of iconic artwork by the German artist. Limited editions only.

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88 pages. Format approx. Format approx. 7"/170mm wide x 10"/240mm tall. Acid-free card covers and text paper; full colour title page; acid-free endpapers colour tbc. Printed & bound in England. ISBN: 978-1-***

100 Numbered copies

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88 pages. Pinched Crown format, approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with cloth-covered acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; colour title page. ISBN: 978-1-***

Quarterbound with Fabriano Tiziano 'oatmeal' paper covered boards and cloth spine; acid-free text paper; Fabriano Tiziano endpapers colour tbc; front cover artwork embossed in black.

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Signed by the author

26 Lettered/signed/artwork copies

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88 pages. Pinched Crown format, approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with cloth-covered acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; colour title page. ISBN: 978-1-***

Quarter bound with *** paper covered boards and *** cloth spine; front cover artwork embossed in colour tbc; acid-free text paper; artwork by Hans Ticha Indigo printed onto Mohawk Superfine paper and forms part of the 3-page ‘stepped’ Fabriano Tiziano front endpapers — the other page colours being *** and ***; Fabriano Tiziano *** endpapers.

ARTWORK BY HANS TICHA
Indigo printed onto acid-free Mohawk Superfine paper.

All lettered copies are SIGNED by Hans Ticha and Claudia Bierschenk.

LETTERED COPIES SENT OUT WITH A COMPLIMENTARY 'READING COPY' OF THE FIRST PRINT PAPERBACK

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Forthcoming…

EARLY PRAISE FOR:

"A compelling and poetic account of the harsh realities of life behind the Berlin Wall. These profoundly moving reflections on the Soviet Era are a testament to Claudia Bierschenk's exceptional skill as a writer, listener and observer. One of my books of the year, so far."

Adelle Stripe, author of Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile (shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and Portico Prize for Literature). Her most recent book, Ten Thousand Apologies, is a music biography of the cult UK band, Fat White Family and a Sunday Times bestseller.

“Fascinating, absurd, tender postcards from the other side of the Iron Curtain. They build into an insightful, moving portrait of an entire lost society and those who survived it.”

Darran Anderson, author of Imaginary Cities (a best book of 2015, Financial Times, The Guardian). Inventory, his 2020 memoir about growing up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, was book of the week in the Observer and selected as a Book of the Year by The Quietus and Irish Times.

Claudia Bierschenk was born near East Berlin and grew up in Thuringia, in the former East Germany. She studied English, Spanish, and Political Sciences in Germany and Ireland. She learnt Russian in Moscow, worked as a volunteer in Israel, and was a teaching assistant in Chile. From 2004 to 2008, she lived and worked in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire in the UK, where she started writing fiction and poetry. Her work has been published in a number of independent literary magazines. Ms Bierschenk lives in Berlin.

Pete Lally lives on the island of Gozo with his partner, daughter and two dogs. In 2012 he formed Pig Ear Press, through which he produces limited run books made using traditional printing and binding techniques. His publications can be found in museums and galleries around the world, as well as in private collections.

Hans Ticha (b.1940) is one of the most important contemporary German graphic artists and illustrators. He has experienced and described 50 years of history and daily life in Germany through his paintings and has illustrated over 90 books. Herr Ticha has worked for all major publishing houses of the GDR and Büchergilde Gutenberg in the West. His works have been exhibited worldwide and are displayed and archived in the Germanic National Museum of Nürnberg, the Palace of Weimar, The German Historical Museum in Berlin and the Haus der Geschichte in Bonn. He lives in Germany.

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