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February 25, 2004 | Scarlet Cheng, Special to The Times
It's one of those wonderful German words that seem to define the undefinable -- two words stuck together to denote a malady, a kind of person or, in this case, a whole state of being. Lebensluge means, in effect, "the lie of your life." It's the lie that makes life livable, and Germans, with their rich philosophical tradition, believe that everyone has one. Americans might be more familiar with the term "denial." Such lies sustain the lives of the characters in "Good Bye, Lenin!"
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February 25, 2004 | Scarlet Cheng, Special to The Times
It's one of those wonderful German words that seem to define the undefinable -- two words stuck together to denote a malady, a kind of person or, in this case, a whole state of being. Lebensluge means, in effect, "the lie of your life." It's the lie that makes life livable, and Germans, with their rich philosophical tradition, believe that everyone has one. Americans might be more familiar with the term "denial." Such lies sustain the lives of the characters in "Good Bye, Lenin!"
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