An investigation of how a society could be misled by, and how it could twist, past occurances, Germania examines Germany's history while embracing its culture. A book full of curiosities, including odd food, castles, mad princes, fairy tales, and strange videos, Germania is about the limits of language, the meaning of culture, and the pleasure of townscape. In this travels through Germany, Simon Winder tries to understand why foreigners spend time wandering around a country with such historical, linguistic, climatic, and gastronomic barriers. Ultimately, Winder’s book is propelled by a wish to reclaim the brilliant, chaotic and endlessly varied German civilization that the Nazis buried and ruined, and that, since 1945, so many Germans have worked to rebuild.
“Simon Winder has spent more than enough time in Germany to catch the bug, that virus that turns even innocent tourists into amateur anthropologists, desperate to figure out just how the Germans got that way . . . Winder has a severe case, but luckily, he's a smart, witty fellow with a knack for finding the threads that connect patches of the crazy quilt that is German history.”—Marc Fisher, The Washington Post
Simon Winder is the author of the highly praised The Man Who Saved Britain and works in publishing in London.
Author Simon Winder discusses his book, Germania, and his fascination with Teutonic culture.