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The Bicycle Teacher
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 185756670X, Paperback)When Michael Smith moved to East Germany in 1981 a different side of communism was shown. He had a fulfilling life and was surrounded by good people who had no ideological position. Michael eventually married and although a mechanic by trade, he educated himself and became a teacher. However, in 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall, his happiness came to a crashing halt when he discovers that he has been used with dire consequences by the Stasi as an informant. Riddled with guilt he realises that the unification of Germany was an end and not a beginning.
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A novel. With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 went the culture and identity of millions of people. Through the story of Michael Smith, an Australian who moved to East Germany in 1981, a different side of communism was shown, a more positive side focusing on the people who lived there, good people who had no ideological position. Michael married an East Berliner and began to raise a family. He further educated himself and became a teacher whereas he had been previously a mechanic. His life was fulfilling and satisfying; he succeeded in ways he could have never have hoped to in Australia. The fall of the wall brought his happiness to a crashing halt, especially because he had supported the protest for reform but feared a selling-out to the West. For him, the unification of Germany was an end and not a beginning. He could not reconcile that his happiness had been taken away from him by the West. His secret life as a Stasi (secret police) informer had him riddled with guilt. He uprooled his family back to Australia, and to a much better life than the one he had left behind, but not nearly as satisfying as it had been in East Germany. Author was born in Western Australia.
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