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Peter Schneider
Peter Schneider

Peter Schneider, born in 1940, is a German author and visiting professor at many prestigious US universities. He was active in the student movement of the 1960s and wrote speeches for SPD politicians during the election campaign in 1965. Peter Schneider's texts are a mixture of politics and literature. His focus is very often on the experience of the 1968 generation, as in "Lenz" (1973). He recently published an autobiographical novel, "Rebellion and delusion" ("Rebellion und Wahn").

In 2005 Peter Schneider published an essay outlining his belief that the German debate on integration and Islam was changing, particularly in Berlin. In "The New Berlin Wall", Schneider argued:

"There is a new wall rising in the city of Berlin. To cross this wall you have to go to the city's central and northern districts – to Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Wedding – and you will find yourself in a world unknown to the majority of Berliners. Until recently, most Berliners held to the illusion that living together with some 300,000 Muslim immigrants and children of immigrants was basically working."

Kreuzberg + İstanbul = Kreuztanbul. Photo: flickr/ Ozan

Suggested readings

  • Peter Schneider, The New Berlin Wall, New York Times Magazine, 4 December 2005
  • English Articles
  • The Wall Jumper, (New York: Pantheon Books, 1983)
  • The German Comedy (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1991)
  • Couplings (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1996)
  • Eduard's Homecoming (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2000)
  • Lenz, in Three Contemporary German Novellas (New York: The German Library, 2001).
  • Official website: www.peterschneider-autor.de

November 2010

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