Diese Deutschen! Ein merkwürdiges Volk
(These Germans! A Strange People)
Ulrich Noethen reads from the anthology
Das Buch der Deutschlandreisenden
by Rainer Wieland
In his Buch der Deutschlandreisenden ('The Book of German Tourists'), the editor Rainer Wieland has collected travelogues from tourists from all over the world who visited Germany in the past 2000 years, from the ancient Romans to the globetrotters of our times. We travel with Caesar to the Germans on the Rhine, visit Sanssouci with Casanova, journey to the Sächsische Schweiz with Hans Christian Andersen and spend some time at the gaming tables of Baden-Baden with Mr and Mrs Dostoevsky. We follow Mark Twain on a hiking tour through the Neckar valley, Asta Nielsen to Hiddensee and Thomas Wolfe to the Oktoberfest in Munich. The visitors from abroad are exploring a strange country and observe its inhabitants, their customs and their traditions with bewilderment. A wonderful opportunity for rediscovering Germany with a smile, due in part to recognition and in part to embarrassment, sometimes horrified, at other times deeply moved, always with an enjoyment of observations and opinions that show us the Germans of the past and the present like a reflection in a mirror.
Ulrich Noethen trained in Stuttgart and has won numerous awards, including the Deutscher Filmpreis German film prize for his performance in Comedian Harmonists, the prestigious Goldene Kamera film and television award in the best German actor category, and the Adolf-Grimme-Preis television award, which he has won twice. He has most recently appeared in the literary film adaptations The German Lesson und Unterleuten: The Torn Village as well as the TV film Louis van Beethoven.