'It is a wonderful voyage of self-discovery, and a psychological exploration of a nation in turmoil' Financial Times.
'a luxurious detour in the lands and history of Germany' Metro.
'Nooteboom wears his erudition lightly, and weaves personal anecdote into memorable reportage' Sunday Telegraph.
'writerly, abstract, walled off in his head ... He reminds us how fast the communist world fell apart, with unimaginable reversals of fortune' Literary Review.
'There is a melancholy in his writing and a nostalgia for the past, both of which are very German - or at least used to be' Spectator.
'His Berlin reportage, from a 1963 Khrushchev rally in East Berlin to the tearing down of the Palast der Republik, brilliantly captures the intensity of the capital and its 'associated layers of memory' The Economist.
'demanding, thorough and quite invaluable to those who want the opportunity to inform themselves before contemplating what the future holds for Central and Eastern Europe' Bookbag.
From the Inside Flap
In 1989, Cees Nooteboom was living in Berlin, where he witnessed one of the most significant turning points in twentieth-century history. Roads to Berlin maps the changing landscape of a country he has been writing about ever since, his account of the pivotal events of 1989 giving way to a perceptive appreciation of Germany's difficult passage to reunification. Nooteboom's writings on people, politics, architecture and culture are as eloquent as they are digressive; his innate curiosity takes him through the landscapes of Heine and Goethe, steeped in Romanticism and mythology, and to Germany's baroque cities. The volume is sensitively illustrated by Simone Sassen's photographs, taken over the same period. With an outsider's objectivity Nooteboom has crafted an intimate portrait of the country to its present day.