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Il giardino delle belve (titolo originale garden of beasts: a novel of… (original 2004; edition 2011)

by Jeffery Deaver, Maura Parolini (Translator), Matteo Curtoni (Translator)

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Title:Il giardino delle belve (titolo originale garden of beasts: a novel of Berlin 1936)
Authors:Jeffery Deaver
Other authors:Maura Parolini (Translator), Matteo Curtoni (Translator)
Info:BUR edizione 2011
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In the most ingenious and provocative thriller yet from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, a conscience-plagued mobster turned government hitman struggles to find his moral compass amid rampant treachery and betrayal in 1936 Berlin. Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only righteous” assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He’s to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst – the ruthless architect of Hitler’s clandestine rearmament. If successful, Paul will be pardoned and given the financial means to go legit; if he refuses the job, his fate will be Sing Sing and the electric chair. Paul travels to Germany, takes a room in a boardinghouse near the Tiergarten – the huge park in central Berlin but also, literally, the “ Garden of Beasts ” – and begins his hunt. In classic Deaver fashion, the next forty-eight hours are a feverish cat-and-mouse chase, as Paul stalks Ernst through Berlin while a dogged Berlin police officer and the entire Third Reich apparatus search frantically for the American. Garden of Beasts is packed with fascinating period detail and features a cast of perfectly realized locals, Olympic athletes and senior Nazi officials – some real, some fictional. With hairpin plot twists, the reigning “master of ticking-bomb suspense” (People) plumbs the nerve-jangling paranoia of prewar Berlin and steers the story to a breathtaking and wholly unpredictable ending.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
I've put this aside for a while as I was finding it rather heavy going and kept comparing it unfavorably to THE DAY OF THE JACKAL. I'll report further if and when I decide to pick it up again. It's a thriller set at the Berlin Olympics of 1936.
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
Wow. I'm surprised, but I really enjoyed this book. The fine print on the cover says "A novel of Berlin 1936" and that almost made me pass this one by.

The novel does a good job of imparting the paranoia of pre-war Berlin. This isn't anything I would have gone in search of, but it was quite effective.

All this war stuff aside, the mystery/adventure was well done - I couldn't see what was coming, I wasn't tempted to skip ahead over unnecessary or boring passages (surprisingly, I don't recall any). There were a couple of twists and turns that while surprising, weren't shocking - and they enhanced rather than defined the overall story.

Read it. Don't judge a book by it's cover. I'm glad I didn't. ( )
  FiberBabble | Mar 30, 2013 |
Este libro me sorprendió mucho. Me gustan las novelas históricas y cosas por el estilo, pero este libro fue magnífico porque no sólo cuenta una historia, sino que cuenta muchas, entrelazadas. Los personajes están muy bien logrados, haciéndolos parecer cada vez más reales.
Cuando empecé a leer creí que ya sabía lo que iba a suceder, pero no fue así. Esta novela tiene dos o tres vueltas de tuerca que no esperaba para nada. ( )
  CheapRegrets | Mar 22, 2013 |
Great book! Good story, well told and with memorable characters. Plenty of plot twists and satisfactory ending. Authentic -- demonstrates attention to historical detail. I'd like to see a sequel featuring Detective Inspector Willi Kohl, once he leaves Germany in 1937. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Nov 18, 2012 |
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Pol Šuman, Amerikanac nemačkog porekla, koji živi u Njujorku 1936. godine, plaćeni je ubica poznat, koliko po svojoj brilijantnoj taktici, toliko po prihvatanju samo ¨pravednih¨ zadataka. Ali, onda Pol biva uhvaćen. Inspektor, koji ga hapsi, nudi mu krajnji izbor: zatvor ili tajna vladina služba. Od Pola se tražilo da, predstavljajući se kao novinar, izveštava o letnjim Olimpijskim igrama koje su se održavale u Berlinu. Njegov zadatak bio je da pronađe i ubije Rajnharda Ernsta – nemilosrdnog izumitelja Hitlerovog tajnog naoružanja. Ukoliko uspešno završi zadatak, Pol će biti pomilovan i dobiće finansijsku nadoknadu da nastavi zakonit život; ako odbije posao, čeka ga Sing Sing i električna stolica. Pol odlazi u Nemačku, iznajmljuje sobu u pansionu blizu Tirgartena – velikog parka u centralnom Berlinu, a doslovno prevedeno „vrt zveri” – i otpočinje svoju poteru. Narednih četrdeset osam sati su, u klasičnom Diverovom stilu, grozničava jurnjava mačke i miša – dok Pol uhodi Ernsta po Berlinu, uporni berlinski inspektor, sa čitavom mašinerijom Trećeg rajha, očajnički traga za Amerikancem. Vrt zveri je prepun fascinantnih opisa detalja tog perioda i oslikava savršeno shvaćeno lokalno stanovništvo, učesnike Olimpijade i starije nacističke službenike – neke stvarne, neke izmišljene. Sa preokretima u zapletu, vodeći „majstor do poslednjeg trenutka, neizvesnih situacija” (Pipl) odmerava paranoično uzburkavanje pulsa predratnog Berlina i vodi priču ka potpuno nepredvidivom kraju koji oduzima dah.
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"[Berlin] was full of whispers. The told of illegal midnight arrests, of prisoners tortured in the S.A. barracks...They were drowned by the loud angry voices of the Government, contradicting through its thousand mouths." Christopher Isherwood, Berlin Stories
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To the memories of Hans and Sophie Scholl, brother and sister, executed in 1943 for anti-Nazi protests; journalist Carl von Ossietzky, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1935 while imprisoned in Oranienburg camp; and Wilhelm Kruzfeld, a Berlin police officer who refused to let a mob destroy a synagogue during the Nazi-sponsored anti-Jewish riots known as the Night of Broken Glass... four people who looked at evil and said, "No."
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As soon as he stepped into the dim apartment he knew he was dead.
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Overal [in Berlijn] werd gefluisterd. Over mensen die in het holst van de nacht werden opgepakt, gevangenen die in de SA-barakken werden gemarteld ... Het gefluister ver- dronnk in de luide, boze stemmen van de regering, die het haar duizend kelen tegensprak. Christopher Isherwood, Berlin Stories
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Jeffery Deaver's Garden of Beasts introduces anti-hero Paul Schumann, a notorious rubout man for the New York Mafia known for his cold and professional approach to his job. But the jig is up when he is duped by high-ranking feds who give him a choice--prison or one more impossible job: assassinate the man who's running Hitler's plan for rearming Germany. The hard-nosed German-American lands on the streets of Berlin where immediately the best-laid plans of the United States Government go awry. Schumman finds himself in a city living in fear, tracked by Berlin's best homicide detective. As the intricate chase wears on, both men will discover that the greatest evil is the ascendant Nazi party.

Deaver's novel, equal parts noir thriller and historical extrapolation, is a page-turner that offers a twisting visceral experience of the tension in Berlin during that fateful summer. He draws sympathetic portraits of everyday Germans caught between duty to country and their consciences. Into this mix, Deaver drops his coldly dangerous hitman who brawls with brownshirts, chums with Olympic athletes, collaborates with criminals, fraternizes with poets, and discovers the hero inside his hardened soul. --Jeremy Pugh

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When starting a new book by author Jeffery Deaver, expect to have the wool pulled over your eyes. His plots twist and turn and juke and jive like no others, never ending as expected and always including a jaw-dropping plot development. His latest effort, Garden of Beasts, is no exception. Amazon.com caught up with Deaver to discuss plotting, characters, and the perils of soap opera acting.

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Reputed for his vow to take only morally righteous assignments in 1936 New York City, a German American hit man is forced by the government to pose as an Olympic contender and kill a member of Hitler's regime.

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