The East German Handbook
The book records everything from food, drinks and smoking habits, to public transport, political thought and even the internal counter-cultures that emerged within the republic. It is organised into chapters on different aspects of life in the GDR, from Vacations to Technology to Erotica. Each is introduced by a short but well-informed text on the context of the images that follow. The Domestic Products chapter, for example, discusses the communist state’s struggles to provide “the little things that matter” to citizens who were well aware of the abundance available to family members across the border. In this way, the book proves to be rewardingly informative.
Weighing in at some 800 pages, this book is the most comprehensive overview of GDR visual and material culture to date and a fascinating glimpse into a world that no longer exists.
- Author: Justinian Jampol
- Paperback: 816 pages
- Date published: December 2017
- Language: English | German
- ISBN: 978-3836571883
- Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 18.0 cm
'a travel guide to a vanished "socialist paradise"' - The Times
'a fascinating survey of the visual manifestation of life in the German Democratic Republic.' - Creative Review
'captures the daily reality of life behind the Iron Curtain in delightful and sometimes heart-breaking details.' --The Daily Telegraph