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Winner of the European Book Prize.A wry and unheroic witness to the distorting impact . . . that ideology has upon the daily life of the individual . . . [Leo] describes these ordinary lives . . . with great clarity, humor, and truthfulness.—MoreWinner of the European Book Prize.A wry and unheroic witness to the distorting impact . . . that ideology has upon the daily life of the individual . . . [Leo] describes these ordinary lives . . . with great clarity, humor, and truthfulness.—Julian BarnesTender, acute, and utterly absorbing.—Anna Funder, author of StasilandThe gripping story, lovingly told, of what held East Germany together—and what, in the end, destroyed it.Growing up in East Berlin, Maxim Leo knew not to ask questions. All he knew was that his rebellious parents, Wolf and Anne, with their dyed hair, leather jackets, and insistence he call them by their first names, were a bit embarrassing. That there were some places you couldnt play- certain things you didnt say.Now, married with two children and the Wall a distant memory, Maxim decides to find the answers to the questions he couldnt ask. Why did his parents, once passionately in love, grow apart? Why did his father become so angry, and his mother end her career in journalism? And why did his grandfather Gerhard, the Socialist war hero, turn into a stranger?The story he unearths is, like his countrys past, one of hopes, lies, cruelties, betrayals, but also love. In Red Love he captures, with warmth and unflinching honesty, why so many dreamed the German Democratic Republic would be a new world and why, in the end, it fell apart.