The Narrator - This character lives in West Berlin and tells stories.
Pommerer - This character lives in East Berlin and is the source of a number of stories about Wall jumpers.
Lena - This character is obsessive, lives with a partner in Berlin, and feels out of place in the West.
Robert - This character is a former East Berlin writer fond of vodka.
Wolf Biermann - This character is a controversial German poet who lives in East Berlin.
Walter Bolle - This character is a repeat offender of the DDR's border restrictions who is imprisoned.
Butterfly - This character is a worker in an East German television plant.
Aunt Dora - This character is vivacious, lives in Dresden, and was married to a mining executive.
Michael Gartenschläger - This character is imprisoned, steals a robot in Bonn, and is riddled with bullets.
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