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The Hangman's Daughter
am 13. Februar 2012
Potzsch tells a well-researched historical yarn with authority and plenty of action, rich in period detail from the politics and government of the war ravaged post-30 Year War Germany to the grisly tools and methods of the executioner to the herbs and ointments that served as remedies of the day. Readers familiar with Ariana Franklin's "mistress of the art of death" novels of Plantagenet England will find a lot to like here, as will fans of Umberto Eco's "Name of the Rose," or James Morrow's "The Last Witch Finder." Potzsch piles on the action to keep the pages turning, and serves up just enough education to keep away the guilty pleasure without degenerating to minutia. And while the ultimate plot unraveling may not win any prizes for irony or surprise, it certainly deserves high marks as a good old-fashioned thriller with plenty of suspense and just a hint of the supernatural. A somewhat uneven pace falters in spots, and If I were to quibble, I'd point out a few anachronisms in the language ("What's up?" and "screw around" in the 17th century?) but I'd fault clumsy translation more than the author. So while not a perfect novel, "The Hangman's Daughter" is an authentic and credible tale - a rollicking and raucous view of this unsettled slice of European history. Well done and well worth a read.
Ich bin sehr traurig und enttäuscht, dass es hier keine guten Angebot auf deutsch gibt. Ich lese jetzt bereits deutsche Autoren als Übersetzung und das ist peinlich.