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The DDR is a rich source for satire and irony. The author has tapped it well. He tells the tale of a love triangle : novelist- cum- plumber, Bruno Krug, a struggling musician, Theresa Aden, and a flamboyant scriptwriter Wolfgang Richter. There is a novel at the centre of their relationship, a novel entitled in one its guises "The Valley of the Unknowing", a novel that proves to be emotonal and political dynamite. It is very, very funny - most of the humour coming from Bruno Krug, whose plumbing skills find plenty of scope in the dodgy pipes of East Germany, and introduce us to the ordinary people struggling to get by in the "valley", the term for the city he lives in as well. With love there is the necessary note of sadness and heartbreak to make this more than just a comedy. Sington captures well the frustrations of life in the Workers' and Peasants' State under Actually Existing Socialism. He also details the problems of Republikflucht [escaping to the west]. Of course, in reality, there was an awful lot more pain than hilarity as Sington acknowledges between the lines and especially in the final chapters. The novel has a colourful cast from the main players to the walk-ons. In Bruno Krug Philip Sington has created a character that one really would quite like to be.