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Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo by Christiane Vera Felscherinow Review

Title: Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo

Author: Christiane Vera Felscherinow

First published January 1, 1978

367 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 9783453162891 (ISBN10: 3453162897)

Rating: 4.3


He is wealthy, influential, and respected. He is a part of a system that protects and caters to him.

And he has a bright future ahead of him – Edward’s life couldn’t be better. But suddenly, everything changes.

Edward finds himself facing a world that’s hostile towards him and must fight for survival. He goes into hiding and embarks on a frantic journey through a desolate, barren landscape.

Edward is desperate for answers as to why his existence has crumbled so suddenly. But as he realizes that he can’t trust anyone, he’s forced to rely solely on himself.

About the Author

Christiane F., originally Vera Christiane Felscherinow, became a prominent figure in Germany’s drug abuse problem during her youth. She gained public recognition in the late 1970s through a report and book by Stern magazine, using the abbreviated name “Christiane F.” She later pursued a career in music under the name Sentimentale Jugend.

Christiane F. is renowned for her autobiography Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, which details her battle with heroin addiction during her teenage years.

Editoral Review

Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo by Christiane Vera Felscherinow is a memoir that explores the shocking and harrowing world of teenage drug addiction in 1970s Berlin. The book, which was first published on January 1, 1978, provides a stark glimpse into the lives of young drug users, many of whom were runaways forced into a life of prostitution to sustain their addiction.

Christiane Vera Felscherinow came from a broken home and began experimenting with drugs at the age of 13. She became deeply involved in the Berlin drug scene, and Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo is her personal account of the devastation that addiction wrought upon her life and the lives of her friends.

The memoir is a powerful example of the confessional memoir genre, which gained popularity in the 1970s. Felscherinow’s raw and unflinching portrayal of her own experiences provides a poignant commentary on the social and cultural factors that drove so many young people into drug addiction during this era.

Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo is both a heart-wrenching and eye-opening read. The book tells the story of a group of young people who are struggling to survive in a brutal and unforgiving world.

The characters are complex and well-drawn, their stories a testament to the strength of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity. One of the strengths of Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo is the way in which Felscherinow portrays her characters with empathy and compassion.

Despite the often-grim subject matter, the book manages to be deeply moving without ever veering into sentimentality. The memoir is also a stark reminder of the dangers of drug addiction and the need for greater societal support for those who are struggling with addiction.

The book’s historical and cultural significance lies in its depiction of the difficulties faced by young people in 1970s Berlin. Despite its many strengths, the memoir does have its limitations.

The pacing of the book can be uneven at times, and some readers may find the graphic descriptions of drug use and prostitution difficult to read. Overall, Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo is a deeply affecting memoir that offers a powerful commentary on the social and cultural factors that can lead to drug addiction.

The quality of writing is superb, and the characters are expertly crafted. While the book is not without its limitations, it is a must-read for anyone interested in the confessional memoir genre or the history of drug addiction.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars.

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