Monika Maron was born in wartime Berlin in 1941 to an anti-fascist mother of Polish Jewish ancestry and a German father. Her step-father was the first Minister of the Interior of the new East German state, having been chief of police. Following her early upbringing in a Communist family, Maron joined the Party in 1965, thinking to oppose "anti-democratic" tendencies from within the Party. She soon understood, however, that "you cannot close up a people in a wall". She left the Party and worked in television, as a drama school teacher, and for six years as a journalist. Silent Close No. 6 concerns one of the high Communist rulers, whose self-explanations are never allowed to justify his past actions. The novel is an important critique of Germany's recent past by one of the country's leading intellectuals.
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Review: Silent Close No. 6User Review - Matthew - Goodreads
Frosty but eventually likeable story of an East German woman disillusioned by Communism. Picked this up on a whim at a used bookstore the other day. Quick read, though of course there were lots of cultural referents that went over my head. Read full review
Review: Silent Close No. 6User Review - Barry - Goodreads
Brilliant story about a woman who leaves her job in East Germany near the end of the 'bad times,' and starts working for a politician, taking down his thoughts for his memoirs. Read full review