Ghosts on the Shore: Travels Along Germany's Baltic Coast by Paul Scraton
Germany’s Baltic coast. A place of escape, of carefree summer holidays, of spa towns and health retreats. A place where some of the darkest stories of 20th Century German history played out.
Inspired by his wife’s collection of family photographs from the 1930s and her memories of growing up on the Baltic coast in the GDR, Paul Scraton set out to travel from Lübeck to the Polish border on the island of Usedom, an area central to the mythology of a nation and bearing the heavy legacy of trauma.
Exploring a world of socialist summer camps, Hanseatic trading towns long past their heyday and former fishing villages surrendered to tourism, Ghosts on the Shore unearths the stories, folklore and contradictions of the coast, where politics, history and personal memory merge to create a nuanced portrait of place.
About the author
Paul Scraton is a writer and editor based in Berlin. Born in Lancashire, he moved to the German capital in 2001 where he has lived ever since. He is the editor-in-chief of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place and his essays on place and memory have been published as the pocket book The Idea of a River: Walking out of Berlin by Readux Books in March 2015, and in Mauerweg: Stories from the Berlin Wall Trail, published by Slow Travel Berlin in 2014 to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Among other publications, you can find more of Paul’s writing on place on Caught by the River and in hidden europe magazine. T: @underagreysky W: underagreysky.com
Praise for Ghosts on the Shore
He looks hard. He doesn’t want to miss anything... I urge you to read this book.
– Caught by the River
It’s about the wider world and what personal knowledge brings to our understanding of that world, its places and our place(s) within it. It delights as travel writing but resonates as writing about the purpose and consequences of travelling.
– Turnaround Blog
Through this writing he asks us all to see what is no longer there, including those events that are conveniently forgotten, because the stain of them on our collective memory is too much to bear; so we switch our sight, we rebuild, we don’t return.
– Decoding Static
Paperback ISBN: 978-1910312100
Ebook ISBN: 978-1910312117
Publication date: June 2017
Formats: Paperback / eBook