Books that are a single
Years of German history have long been in vogue.
Florian Illies continued the trend with his bestseller 1913, many followed. Also the mirrorJournalist Takis Würger seems
now want to jump on this train with his latest novel. Why should,
what about the year before the outbreak of First World War so subtle
not even readers find, if one a love story from the Germany of the
Year 1942 presents?
Würger heard about the story
Stella Goldschlag, a Jew, who was wrong in Berlin in the 1940s
Identity lived. She was denounced, discovered
and turned from the Nazis to the "gripper". The woman became an accomplice
the culprit, locating hidden Jews and delivering them to their own
Parents before deportation after Auschwitz to rescue. Gerhard and Toni Goldschlag were finally murdered there anyway.
The first-person narrator Friedrich arrives in Würger's novel
Experiencing hungry mid twenties from Switzerland, cheerfully losberlinernde
Nude model Stella, which is initially called Kristin. Thanks to his rich parents, there is still life for the two, despite the war economy
real bean coffee, pralines with pervitin, oysters and coke. One day there is a knock
She gets to his door and gets down to business: She tells him who she really is. Friedrich has to realize that everything makes no sense. On a morning
he leaves Stella and, with a determined resolve, gets on the train, which takes him back in
brings his well-ordered Alpenheimat.
The structure of the book is coming
one known from the histotainment genre. After a narrative
Introduction, which describes the Swiss childhood of Friedrich im
Time lapse retold, Würger's text consists of twelve chapters that
play in Berlin during one month from January to December 1942. In front
these separate sections, the author puts concise, matching vignettes, the highlights
to throw events that occur worldwide in the respective month
"I wanted us to continue dancing three"
These blurbs are well-dosed
the "Ten Commandments for every National Socialist of Dr. Joseph Goebbels" on and
are combined with historically completely irrelevant cross-references. Strangler makes
about the funny coincidence that Paul McCartney was born in June, in the same month as the
Head of the Reich Security Main Office Reinhard Heydrich at the consequences of a
Prague assassination died and German police wiped out the village of Lidice.
The following chapters follow
the creative writing concept Show, do not tell: Put scarce dialogues in the
Foreground. Set on action, action and shock effects. Create one
well-dosed mixture of eroticism and violence. And Würger's adaptation of a complex
History of Jewish suffering in the "Third Reich" does not save with cruel scenes:
When Stella returns from custody and faces the first-person narrator, her unsuspecting
Beloved, revealed, she tells him of dislocated shoulders and a basement,
in which she whipped a torturer with a rubber hose. What
Otherwise, you have to imagine yourself. Stella's abdomen must
Würger's novel falls in the face of
Nazi columns repeatedly into a shortage of children's books. So says the protagonist
about the implied ménage-à-trois between him, his well-bred fencing partner
Tristan of Appen and his lover Kristin alias Stella: "I did not want
that my friend Tristan is in the SS. I did not want Kristin for one
Ministry works. I wanted us to dance three more. "
It quickly comes to suspicion
on that the author was not at all aware of how sensitive his subject alleged
Jewish guilt in the Holocaust is actually. At least you should ask such questions
do not try to get along with stylistic finger exercises, as you can in the
Journalist school is learning.
Bad time for city breaks
After 1945, an ethics of the
Schoah representation, which is based, inter alia, on the assumption that there is a
Make a difference, who the stories
told by Holocaust victims. The Literary Appropriation and Utilization of the
The suffering of the persecuted by non-Jewish authors holds the
Auschwitz survivor, literary scholar and writer Ruth
Smarter, for example, simply for kitsch. This kind of literature aims first and foremost on an immediate pleasure gain, the
the mediation of historical truth misses: "Kitsch is the lie,
Art is the truth. "
The main mango of the novel is
the Swiss first-person narrator. Clearer than by this choice of nationality
Heroes can not identify an author that his sympathetic hero is none
Fly can do something wrong. That this Friedrich was just too naive to
To guess what would await him in the Berlin of 1942, the novel gives his readers in writing at the end for security: "I was a young man
with money and a Swiss passport that had thought to live in this war
can have without having anything to do with him. I came as a vacationer. I
was stupid. "
Certainly: neutral Confederates in historical
Genocide situations have been in the literature for centuries as main characters
chosen by Heinrich von Kleist's Gustav von der Ried, who died in the engagement
in St. Domingo shaken the massacre of black slaves witnessed that
they did this to their white masters around 1800, about Lukas Bärfuss
Development assistant David Hohl in One hundred dayswho has to watch idly
how the Hutu in Rwanda slaughtered the Tutsi in 1994, until now to Takis Würgers loving Berlin visitor, who is looking for his city break
Unfortunately, the year 1942 has chosen.