Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly meme hosted by Books are my Favourite and Best.
Books can be linked in obvious ways – for example, books by the same authors, from the same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or, you may choose to link them in more personal ways: books you read on the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend, books that remind you of a particular time in your life, or books you read for an online challenge.
A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the ones next to them in the chain.
This month's chain begins with Stasiland by Anna Funder.
This is a book about the former East Germany, a country that was a communist state from the mid 1940s until 1991. The stories of people who lived there during its existance and what happened when the wall came down are recounted in it. I haven't read it but would actually be interested in doing so.
East Germany also features in a book I've just finished.
Outsider: My Life in Intrigue by Frederick Forsyth is not exactly an autobiography of the famous author, more a series of essays about things that happened to him. And one thing that happened is that he was sent to East Germany as a journalist in the mid 1960s, which was of course at the height of The Cold War. It was fascinating.
One of the fictional books Frederick Forsyth wrote is The Odessa File.
This one involves the search for the overseer of a Nazi concentration camp who, it's believed, is alive and prospering in 1960s Germany. I haven't read this but bought it recently for my Kindle.
Also about Germany and the war is Travellers in the Third Reich by Julia Boyd.
This book charts how people visiting and holidaying in Germany in the 1930s experienced the rise of Nazism. I found it absolutely fascinating and it was one of my favourite books of 2018.
Another book with 'Travellers' in its title is The Virago Book of Women Travellers edited by Mary Morris and Larry O'Connor.
I can see from my review that I thought this was a brilliant volume of travel stories by women travellers. One of the writers included is Amelia Edwards, a Victorian lady, who started travelling in her forties. The book includes an exerpt from her book, Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys.
I read this in the same year as the previous book and found a wonderful account of her walks in the mountains of The Italian Dolomites and Austrian Tyrol during the 1870s. I'm reminded that I planned to search out the book she wrote about travelling up the Nile.
So my journey this month has taken me from East Germany to er... Germany with a brief foray across the border into the Italian and Austrian Alps. Not a huge journey in miles this time, but a bit further if you look at 'years', covering a timespan of 100 years or more. Tumultuous years at that...
Next month's Six Degrees will begin with The Road by Cormac McCarthy.