Rezension, Leipziger Zeitung vom 4.2. 2021
MDR Thüringen Journal, 16.3. 2021, Buchtipp
"A magical, absurdist retelling of life on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain, Never Mind, Comrade shows the reader what it's like to look at an authoritarian system through the curious eyes of a child. From the descriptions of school days to May Day celebrations, one marker looms particularly large in Bierschenk's childhood: the fence, arbitrarily erected in between villages and families. But by the end of the memoir, it has been reduced to what it always was: "the fence is just a fence."
"While the 1980s may not seem so long ago, even if you feel as though you have not lived through extraordinary times, [Never Mind, Comrade] shows the value of penning our own memoirs. Claudia Bierschenk’s have the added importance of shedding light on a fearful and important chapter of the European continent’s past, as seen through a child’s eyes."
— Family Tree
EARLY PRAISE FOR:
"A compelling and poetic account of the harsh realities of life behind the Berlin Wall. These profoundly moving reflections on the Soviet Era are a testament to Claudia Bierschenk's exceptional skill as a writer, listener and observer. One of my books of the year, so far."
— Adelle Stripe, author of Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile (shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and Portico Prize for Literature). Her most recent book, Ten Thousand Apologies, is a music biography of the cult UK band, Fat White Family and a Sunday Times bestseller.
“Fascinating, absurd, tender postcards from the other side of the Iron Curtain. They build into an insightful, moving portrait of an entire lost society and those who survived it.”
— Darran Anderson, author of Imaginary Cities (a best book of 2015, Financial Times, The Guardian). Inventory, his 2020 memoir about growing up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, was book of the week in the Observer and selected as a Book of the Year by The Quietus and Irish Times.