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Letter of the month: reunification or makeover in Germany?

By Prospect  

Oddly, for someone reporting for an intellectual magazine like Prospect on Germany 20 years after the events of 1989, Anne McElvoy’s main concern during her “odyssey” through the former GDR seems to have been to avoid “classic bearded intellectual 89ers” (Prospect November 09). But when Monika Maron “smacked the table” so perkily, did she really say that the dissident movement had “perpetrated a downbeat mood?”

The slip is telling: “complaining” has become a crime in McElvoy’s…

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