Author(s): Rebecca Schuman
"This book is a wild and wonderful ride. Your guide, Rebecca Schuman, is a super-smart and very funny person who writes brilliantly about Germany and Germans (who are not what you think) and being young and insane and life in general and just read it, OK?"-Dave BarryYou know that feeling you get watching a pompous jerk whine into his cell as he s booted out of a restaurant? When the elevator doors slide shut just before your sadistic boss can step in beside you? There s a word for this mix of malice and joy, and the Germans (of course) invented it. It s Schadenfreude, deriving pleasure from others misfortune, and with Slate columnist Rebecca Schuman, the Teutons have a stern, self-satisfied blast at her expense.Rebecca is just your average chronically misunderstood 90 s teenager, with a passion for Pearl Jam and Ethan Hawke circa Reality Bites, until two men walk into her high school Civics class: Dylan Gellner, with deep brown eyes and an even deeper soul, and Franz Kafka, hitching a ride in Dylan s backpack. These two men are the axe to the frozen sea that is Rebecca s spirit, and what flows forth is a passion for all things German (even though, as everyone is quick to remind her, Kafka wasn t German at all). Dreamy Dylan might leave the second he gets accepted to a better college than Rebecca does, but Kafka is forever, and in pursuit of this elusive love she will spend two decades stuttering and stumbling through broken German sentences, trying to win over a people who don t want to be bothered. At once a snapshot of a young woman finding herself, and a country slowly starting to stitch itself back together after nearly a century of war (both hot and cold), Schadenfreude, A Love Story is an exhilarating, hilarious, and yes, maybe even heartfelt memoir proving that sometimes the truest loves play hard to get."
teenage Jewish intellectual who falls in love. In love with a boy (who breaks her heart), a language (that's nearly impossible to master), a culture (that's nihilistic, but punctual) and a landscape (that's breathtaking when there's not a wall in the way).
"This book is a wild and wonderful ride. Your guide, Rebecca Schuman, is a super-smart and very funny person who writes brilliantly about Germany and Germans (who are not what you think) and being young and insane and life in general and just read it, OK?"- Dave Barry An anthropological love story that s spit-out-your-schnitzel funny. She had me at wohngemeinschaften. - Pamela Druckerman, author of New York Times Bestselling Bringing Up Bebe"I don't know the German for 'madcap romp' (and I wouldn't be able to pronounce it anyway), but SCHADENFREUDE is a rip from the start, cursing its way from conceited high school boys to fluorescent dance clothes that just don't work in the US. Behold, the follies of all us childlike adults!"- Rosecrans Baldwin, author of Paris, I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down A brain-pleasing page-turner. J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest"A fun, wickedly intelligent book about failure, Kafka, and what it means to slowly perfect a language for one's own place in the world. Schuman throws herself headlong into the strange intersections between American grandiosity and German self-effacement with boundless energy, insight, and no shortage of wonderful, cringeworthy moments. What a rewarding, hilarious read."Mike Scalise, The Brand New Catastrophe"