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Willenbrock (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – September 2003


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"With quiet exactitude, Christoph Hein describes the shock and anarchy that befell German society after the Great Unification."--Peter Schneider, author of" The Wall Jumper" "Willenbrock, a used-car salesman, operates as shrewdly as Robinson Crusoe in Berlin's post-reunification wilderness of oily politicians, brutal thugs, lazy prosecutors, elusive lovers, kindhearted mafiosi. Hein has crafted a stirring political allegory from the midlife regime of work and marriage."--John Beckman, author of" The Winter Zoo" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Bernd Willenbrock is the owner of a used-car dealership in the newly unified Germany in the nascent free market of Central Europe, the former East German engineer seems to be the paradigm of the new world: a successful businessman, an owner of real estate, and a generous husband. Prosperity seems guaranteed by a steady stream of cash-only clients from Eastern Europe, and plans for a glitzy new showroom are firmly underway; Yet little by little, a series of ever-more menacing incidents - an attempted break-in, the theft of several cars, a vicious beating - erode his innermost certainties. No amount of locks and latches, it seems, can contain his growing obsession with external safety or stop the coming violence. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not the best, but not the worst 1. Januar 2006
Von Holly Wood - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I read Willenbrock for a course in German literature. I felt the book offered a time capsule to non-Germans of what life was in the decade following the fall of the Berlin wall. While the prose nor the plot carry much potential for the novel to be called great literature (perhaps partially due to translation issues), it is literature, nonetheless, and by that I mean it carries a certain "snapshot" of human emotion in that particular period of time. Willenbrock is *not* a likable character, but he is a familiar character, one people will relate to immediately. Hein does a service by offering him upon a silver platter to be analyzed and scrutinized by even the most casual reader. For someone who appreciates the characters of a story above all else, I found Willenbrock to be an interesting read.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Too bland and predictable 20. November 2004
Von John - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I'm an American and I read the English translation of this novel. I'm sure you have to be a German to get a true feel for the context (Berlin and East Germany). It was obviously written for a German audience, so Hein leaves out details that could flesh things out for those of us who are unfamiliar with what it's like there.

That becomes a problem when you consider that the book is intended to be satirical -- you have to be familiar with what the author is satirizing in order to get it. If you don't know what post-reunification Berlin and its middle class are like, "Willenbrock" will only give you the sketchiest hints.

If you're a German or are very familiar with Germany, maybe you'll love it. If you're not, I can't recommend this book, as it reads rather bland and doesn't have enough to offer an international audience.
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