Günter de Bruyn merits particular attention as the East German author (of the generation associated with the German Democratic Republic for the whole forty years of its existence, from 1949 to 1989) who has enjoyed the greatest success in post-unification Germany. While most of his contemporaries have struggled to overcome the legacy of their involvement with the GDR, de Bruyn’s work of the post-1989 period has been consistently well received both by the cultural establishment and the reading public. On the basis of his reputation for moderation and fair-mindedness he is regularly asked to comment on contemporary socio-political developments, especially those which relate to the effectiveness of the unification process.
Tate, Dennis. "Günter de Bruyn". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 January 2004
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