The border between East and West Germany has closed.
For Elisabeth – a young painter – the GDR is her generation’s chance to build a glorious, egalitarian socialist future.
For her brother Uli, it is a place of stricture and oppression.
Separating them is the ever-wider chasm of the Party line; over them loom the twin spectres of opportunity and fear, and the shadow of their defector brother Konrad.
Translated by Lucy Jones
‘Spare, chilling, with wild flashes of vivid colour and the tempo of a thriller, Siblings jolts us into the beating heart of a family and post-war East Germany, conjuring the political dreams and divisions that make and ultimately break both’ – Lisa Appignanesi
The result is this ground-breaking classic of post-war East German literature.