In spring 1945, Munich lies in ruins. There are large holes in the roof of the Pinakothek, the university and many other buildings, torn by aerial bombs in the last days of the war. (…)
The end of the war is a time to which Timm, who experienced it as a five-year-old boy, keeps returning. In his most successful book, Am Beispiel meines Bruders
(In My Brother’s Shadow), he has already sought what it was that led his older brother to go to war in Russia at that time. Ikarien
(Icaria) begins with a return. Young Michael Hansen returns to Germany from the USA, where his family had emigrated many years before the war.More ...