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comment Do German irreals (counterfactuals) backshift?
Or probably, the easiest way to avoid that problem would be: I fühlte mich unglücklich und dachte: "Ach, wie schön, wäre es jetzt, spazieren zu gehen... wenn da nur nicht die Geschichte mit Mama [gewesen] wäre..." :D
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In contrast to: Ich weiß heute {0}, wie gerne ich damals spazieren gegangen wäre {-1}, wenn es dort nicht die Geschichte mit Mama gegeben hätte {-2}
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However, I would say this applies only to the walk, as the death of his mother is in the past, even at the time speaking. So I guess the best translation would be: Ich fühlte{-1}, wie gerne ich spazierenginge{-1}, wenn es hier nicht die Geschichte mit Mama gegeben hätte {-2}.
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Your reason (b) did also cross my mind. I also think that the narrative past and the conjunctive II don't mix well in first person. It might actually be that the use of the past form of conjunctive II is indeed completely wrong in general in this situation, as he is reporting about his feelings then.
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