One September morning, elderly Ruth Wesemann wakes to the sound of a parcel being delivered to her door. Inside she finds a tattered little notebook. Opening its delicate pages she meets with a flood of memories...
It's 1933 and she is back in her light-filled flat in Berlin. Hans is... read more
“My father's deathbed (and his lifelong) aggression created in me a strange pathology of responsibility. Aside from the privileges of class, that is how I came to feel it was up to me to fix things. Because otherwise, it was all my fault.”Toller
“I knew there were two parts of me, the public man and the private being, and they would not, ever, quite fit back together.”Toller
“When you are in love with someone, you cannot see around them, you cannot get their human measure. You cannot see how someone so huge to you, so miraculous and unfathomable, can fit complete, into that small skin.”Toller
“For me there was no going back from Dora; every other woman was less than real. She gave me access to things my striving nature would not otherwise have let me see; things my vanity would have kept from me. Without her, I was only half the man, and half the writer.”Toller
“It is only when your beloved leaves you that you realise the stake is gone, and where they were there is only cold air, with nothing to hold you up.”Toller
“Our love was like a carpenter's spirit level, each of us holding an end up so hard, fighting to keep that trembling bubble in sight.”Toller
“I am a vessel of memory ina world of forgetting”Ruth
“Mathilde had been a stalwart politician, but standing by the door in her sensible shoes and with her basket of supplies, she gave the impression that what our movement most needed now was correct feeding and clothing, after which changing the world would naturally follow.”Ruth
“Eventually I slept before he did, the brittle, lonely sleep of half a bed”Ruth
“Most people have no imagination. If they could imagine the sufferings of others, they would not make them suffer so.”Toller
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