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Nowhere in Africa

April 29, 2017 Autobiography novel

Full of drama, filled with unforgettable characters, with mild humor and bitter irony, painted by the unique African color, Stephanie Zweig’s novel Nowhere in Africa has all the qualities of the book, which is destined to live long. In general, the plot is rather unusual and interesting (for me personally). The family of a successful Jewish lawyer moves from Nazi Germany to Kenya. And a new life begins, very different than the life, to which they are accustomed. It is necessary to live, to learn new language, to know new information about customs and people. They have to change themself. It is very difficult for Walter and Jettel. The Motherland does not let them go, they are full of anxiety and sorrow for those who stayed and could not come, and also the hope that all this is temporary. But the past life is a ghostly memory now, but the present real, and there are too many problems and worries here. It is necessary to live here, to survive, to trust the instinct, the call of the soul, because no lawyer practice will teach how to be saved from malaria, torrential rains and other problems and conditions of African life. Africa does not like weak people, and Walter...

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Effi Briest

April 8, 2017 Novel, Realist novel

Effi Briest is a realist novel by Theodor Fontane. Seventeen-year-old Effie Briest, the only daughter of a provincial nobleman, marries a longtime admirer of her mother, Geert von Innstetten. He is a serious man who wants to make a great career, and the life of Effie will be comfortable with him. But when she finds herself in the oppressive atmosphere of a small resort town, in a home that is frightening her, next to her husband, who is constantly focised on business, she began to feel herself lonely and lost… Effi Briest is a novel about how social conventions and the desire to look decent in the eyes of others can ruin not only marriage, but the whole life. What did Geert achieve with the duel? Only a couple of deaths and childhood without a mother. But what these irrelevant things, in his opinion, mean in comparison with his desire to be a successful minister? Of course, at the end of the novel he starts to think about it, but is not it too late? All his life, Effi’s life and the childhood of their daughter are destroyed. I can not blame Effi for what happened, but I can blame her parents. Although society and its rules are to blame too. It doesn’t matter who...

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House without Guardians

March 26, 2017 Novel

In 1955 the novel House without Guardians was called by French publishers as the best foreign book. It is the story of the first post-war generation, the story of two boys – Martin and Henry, whose fathers died at the front. House without Guardians is a novel about those who stayed in this very house; about those who managed to return to this very house; and, certainly, about those who never will return to this house. The main characters of the novel are boys who were born during the war, who are not destined to see their fathers; also there are their mothers whose young, full of life husbands were sent the war, and they received only some words about duty and death… Yes, of course, there are still all the rest, young and old, well-bred and not virtuous, they are all trying to return to Life. It’s amazing how all of them, in fact, are lost, abandoned, abandoned, forgotten how to live and feel full. Even those who have not yet had time to learn this, boys whose fathers, who are slightly older than their present, participate in their upbringing from an old photo on the wall. Good book. It does not have that power that in many books about...

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Homo faber

March 13, 2017 Drama, Novel

Homo faber is one of Frisch’s key novels. In this book there are the motives that will later become leading in his work: the loneliness of human being in the world, powerless over the terrible destiny, no opportunity to change one’s destiny and, most importantly, the theme of duality. The main hero of the novel, Walter Faber, traveling, meets a girl and falls in love with her. This plot move receives an explanation on two levels of perception – realistic and philosophical… The main character Walter Faber is a pragmatic engineer, a rational person, he does not read novels, but only special literature and newspapers, he does not go to museums, he is to far from art, but he iknows aircraft brands, steam engines and cars. Engineer Faber is not passion person, therefore in order to awaken his feelings, events are necessary to be very severe. The main hero will know love, which is not comparable in strength and depth with anything experienced before, survive its loss and feel the approach of death. But not external events are important in the novel, but the internal process of the hero’s realization of worthlessness, the emptiness of his life; he has to realize when he is 50...

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Gertrud

March 11, 2017 Novel

The novel Gertrud refers to the early period of the work of Hermann Hesse. The story is dedicated to the drama of a young composer forced to choose between reasonable and emotional approaches...

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The Night in Lisbon

February 22, 2017 Novel

The Night in Lisbon is one of the last works of E. M. Remarque. In the novel there are the main motives of his work – love and pacifism. They are connected in the tragic fate of the protagonist – an escapee from Nazi Germany, who loses his country, his beloved woman and his hope for the future. Throughout the novel there is a thought about the illusory nature of happiness, characteristic of the writer’s creative work. The Night in Lisbon is a sincere, emotional and very deep novel, which tells the story of two emigrants who spend one night together. The novel is a intimate conversation between two completely strangers, who were united by similar problems. One tells, the other listens. On the example of Schwarz, we can see what human being can do only to be listened to. Loneliness is always looking for companions and never pays attention to who they are. The story told by Schwarz is a long and thorny path, the path of a wanderer who found happiness and at the end he lost it. It is a story about a strong sense of love. It is a complex novel, raising a huge number of issues: personal, social, global ones … In the novel it...

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Buddenbrooks

February 10, 2017 Novel

Happy ending, I really wanted them to be all right. The first generation, which we will meet personally, is Johann Buddenbrock and his wife Antoinette. They are a bit cynical, a bit strict, loving life and money. Johann made a fortune and turned the firm founded by his father into a well-run enterprise. He stood firmly on his feet, had unbreakable  principles and his life was happy and full of good moments. The second generation is Johann, son of the previous Johann, and his wife Betsey. They are milder, but much more obsessed by religion than their parents. Tense work for the family and for the firm (which is the same for all Buddenbrokes) is given for this Johann costs much greater effort and nerves. Johann often doubts the correctness of his actions, troubles, which are still not so many, drive him to the grave much earlier than his father. The third generation is Johann’s children – Thomas, Christian, Antony and Clara. Most of the narrative is about them, with them we will be “from the cradle to the grave”. Clara is a late child, kind of keeps to herself and strict, not knowing how to have fun, she will find joy only in religion. Christian is complete opposite of her,...

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The Pigeon

January 19, 2017 Novella

When you begin to read this story, you cannot understand: whether you are crazy, or the author. Everything in Jonathan’s life is good, he is satisfied with everything and has no complaints, but one day he leaves his room, and on the doorstep – you just will not believe in it! – there is the dove. She sits like that and looks into Jonathan’s eyes, and her eyes are strange … In general, Jonathan was afraid of the dove and he ran away from home. Here I stopped and sighed. Was afraid of the dove? Are you kidding? But the story intrigued me and I keep reading, and there I completely forgot about the dove. Do you have such a feeling that everything goes bad because of one thing? Yes, I bet you do. The same thing happened with Jonathan. The protagonist is sociopath, partly misanthrope. Jonathan just a little more over fifty years, he is the guard at the bank, who lives in a house with concierge. He has no close friends, but he doesn’t need them. He was well on his own. He is just a lonely man who is surrounded by fears. But these fears are not...

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The Black Obelisk

January 5, 2017 Novel

The Black Obelisk is a masterpiece of artistic creation written by Erich Maria Remarque. Time has no hold on the eternal values ​​of classical literature...

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Austerlitz

December 8, 2016 Novel

Winfried Georg Sebald is a modern German writer, poet and literary scolar, essayist, teacher of literature in England.

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