By Jonathan Bach

What occurs while a complete glossy state’s fabric tradition turns into without warning out of date? How do usual humans come across what continues to be? during this ethnography, Jonathan Bach examines the afterlife of East Germany following the autumn of the Berlin Wall, as issues and areas from that vanished socialist earlier proceed to flow and form the politics of memory.

What Remains strains the unsettling results of those unmoored artifacts at the German current, arguing for a rethinking of the function of the standard as a website of reckoning with tricky pasts. Bach juxtaposes 4 websites the place the stakes of the typical look: items commodified as nostalgia, beginner museums devoted to gathering way of life below socialism, the “people’s palace” that captured the nationwide mind's eye via its destruction, and the scary and fetishized Berlin Wall. relocating from the neighborhood, the intimate, and small to the nationwide, the impersonal, and massive, this book’s interpenetrating chapters convey the unforeseen social and political strength of the normal within the construction of reminiscence. What Remains bargains a different vantage aspect at the workings of the typical in occasions of radical discontinuity, contributing to new understandings of postsocialism and the complex intersection of fabric is still and memory.

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