On the U6 he passes the ghost stations – Orianienburger Tor and Franzosiche Strasse, Nordbahnhof and the station whose name he always translates, in his head, to Stadium of World Youth.
He travels to the East regularly because he can, because it is possible. And there, he visits cafes where they sell three quarters of a boiled egg. He walks down streets with almost no traffic, only a lone Trabbi here and there. He visits the museums behind the Wall.
The first time he had to exchange West German Marks at the official rate for more East German Marks than he could spend in a day. With them, he bought all three volumes of Das Kapital.
New fiction by Linda Mannheim.
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