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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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Professor Unrat

April 21, 2017 Deutsch-Spieler

This novel can be called satirical, grotesque, because it ridicules the bigotry and spiritual inferiority of the school teacher...

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The German Boy

April 13, 2017 History novel, Novel

It is a rainy day of 1947, at the railway station in the English wilderness red-haired Elisabeth Mander meets her nephew, a German boy, whose mother died. Elisabeth is confused. What to expect from this teenager, who certainly hates the enemies of his country. But the reality is much more complicated. That evening a German boy gives Elizabeth a picture of a girl with long copper hair going through the sun, under the trees there is a cafe, and at the table a man sits and watches the girl. Elizabeth recognizes herself. But who is this man in the picture? And what does her German nephe, whose mental state is disrupted by Nazism and war, have to do with the painting of a Jewish artist? So, this way begins the story of two families in the background of historical events that were in Europe in the twentieth century. It is a slow, but powerful story about family secrets, betrayal and love with lyrically and precisely written out details of that era. It is a story not about the boy. Or rather about the boy too, but more about his mother Karen and her sister Elizabeth, their friend Rachel and her brother Michael… About how young people loved, suffered, betrayed, loved again and...

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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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Master Flea: A Fairy-Tale in Seven Adventures of Two Friends

April 5, 2017 Fantasy novel

Master Flea: A Fairy-Tale in Seven Adventures of Two Friends is a fairy tale by E. T. A. Hoffmann. It was written in 1821-1822 and became the last major work of the author. The actions take place in Frankfurt am Main. The main character is an oddball Peregrinus Tyss, who was living isolated and was afraid of women. He was involved in a mysterious game of mystical forces in the background of the life of a typical bourgeois city. Each character of the novel has his occult doppelganger. In everyday life, they are servicemen and handicraftsmen, salesmen or scientists, and in the mystical sense they are magicians and geniuses, personifications of the mysterious forces of nature, plants, minerals and so on. Every Christmas eve Tyss throw a feast. Buying a lot of sweets and toys beforehand, he imagines himself a little boy, enjoys gifts, and then gives them to the poor children. On one of these nights Peregrinus meets a mysterious stranger who confesses her love to him and demands to return to her a mysterious prisoner who allegedly stays with Tyss. It turns out that, without knowing it, Tyss sheltered Master Flea who had previously been a captive of the mystical doppelganger of the Dutch naturalist Leuwenhoek . The stranger in the occultl sense is the princess, who...

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Arch of Triumph

March 30, 2017 Novel

Arch of Triumph is one of the most beautiful European novels of the XX century. A novel about love, war and death. And I know that in this book there are despair, sadness, pain, I know it… and still open the first page… Four people. A man, a miserable romantic, devoid of illusions and temporarily named in this short life as Ravic. A woman, amazon with aqua eyes, Joan. A professional surgeon, the best of the best, who has to hide from the police in someone another country, without betraying himself, working in secret, giving all his merits to another. An actress, realizing that her talent is not perfect, bright and emotional, different from many and dreaming of being loved and admired. What unites them? Of course, love. Tragic, somewhat crazy, but still love. They are amazing, it is impossible not to fall in love with them. And how Joan changes throughout the book! For the first time we meet an indifferent to everything, “an empty woman”, and by the end she gets more beautiful. And at the same time she changes Ravic, turning his life upside down, shaking up the old memories. This is not an ordinary book. It’s the whole life, that gives you...

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Steppenwolf

March 16, 2017 Novel

Steppenwolf is one of the most important novels of the XX century, first it was published in 1927. This is both a philosophical parable and, at the same time, a deep study of the psychology of a man who is trying in vain to find his own personality, constantly balancing between the animal and human beginnings. This is a love story that leads to an unexpected tragic ending, it is also a political, social novel in which the hero acts as a fierce critic of the existing philistinism. You dive into this book, it fascinates you with its special rhythm, with its unique atmosphere of half-reality, half-madness, jazz rhythms, carnival masks, literary allusions and amazing discoveries that makes the main character during his path. The main hero just runs through life, lonely, extraordinary, he does not understand the others, runs and tries to understand – but why does he run? The crisis of the protagonist grows as the book progresses, from the usual depression to the thoughts of suicide, to the subsequent complete analysis of his past and the change of the present. I have never read anything like this. This book is a real psychoanalysis of the hero, at first it may seem that there will...

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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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Doctor Faustus

March 7, 2017 Novel

Doctor Faustus is a novel by Thomas Mann, published in 1947. The novel talks about the life of a fictional character, Adrian Leverkühn, from a very young age to his untimely death.

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Herr Lehmann

March 4, 2017 Novel

Herr Lehmann is the debut novel by the German writer Sven Regener. The novel tells about the life of Frank Lehmann in Berlin in 1989...

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The Clown

February 16, 2017 Novel

The whole novel describes a day in the life of the 27-year-old clown Hans Schnier, who recalled the previous seven years of his turbulent life.

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Three Comrades

February 14, 2017 Novel

Remarque is truthful. Remarque leaves no illusions. It is a heartfelt, sincere novel about friendship and love.

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