Auf Wiedersehen, Deutschland

(This will soon appear in Bournbrook Magazine.) My late grandmother was about as German as they come. Once, upon crossing the border into Austria, she immediately exclaimed ‘Mein Gott! Look at the roads! They are so poorly maintained!’ Of those in the car she was the only one who could perceive any deterioration. We put this perceptiveness down to Teutonic exactness and a compulsively Germanic sense of

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