When the Berlin Wall fell it was as if a John le
Carré novel had suddenly been turned inside out and staged as a giant
party. One could almost imagine Smiley actually smiling.
Watched worldwide, the party took place at what
had been the starkest flash point between East and West. An event that
had previously seemed unimaginable now looks inevitable in retrospect.
(Consistency is not a retrospective virtue.) There's never been anything
quite like Nov. 9, 1989.
A vivid sense of the joy, the strangeness, and, paradoxical though it
might sound, the everydayness of the fall of the wall is to be found in
abundance in "Moments of Time 1989/1990,'' which runs at the
Goethe-Institut Boston through Dec. 18.
Read the complete review in The Boston Globe.