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A Forgotten Kent Author: Patrick Wright on Uwe Johnson - Canterbury

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6-8 Rose Lane

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Biographer Patrick Wright discusses his new book which looks at the great German writer, and his strange self-exile in Kent.

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Towards the end of 1974, a stranger arrived in the small town of Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. He could often be found sitting at the bar in the Napier Tavern, drinking lager and smoking Gauloises while flicking through the pages of the Kent Evening Post. ''Charles'' was the name he offered to his new acquaintances.

This unexpected immigrant was Uwe Johnson, Mecklenburg in the GDR, the leading author of a divided Germany. What caused him to abandon West Berlin and spend the last nine years of his life in Sheerness, where he eventually completed his great New York novel Anniversaries in a house overlooking the outer reaches of the Thames Estuary? And what did he mean by detecting a ''moral utopia'' in a town that others, including his concerned friends, saw only as a busted slum on an island abandoned to ''deindustrialisation'' and a stranded ship full of unexploded bombs?

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