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Transit (original 1944; edition 2001)

by Anna Seghers

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Title:Transit
Authors:Anna Seghers
Info:Aufbau-Verlag (2001), Gebundene Ausgabe, 350 pages
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Transit by Anna Seghers (1944)

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    Lisa Fittko : Autobiography by Lisa Fittko (MeisterPfriem)
    MeisterPfriem: The anti-nazi resistance fighters Lisa and Hans Fittko, in cooperating with Varian Frey, were risking their own lifes guiding refugees over the Pyrenees to Spain.
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    Surrender on Demand by Varian Fry (rebeccanyc)
    rebeccanyc: Anna Seghers fled Nazi Europe through Marseille on a visa provided by Varian Fry, who saved many of the leading intellectuals and artists of Europe. This is his account of how he did it, published originally in 1945.
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This novel is told in the first person narrative and is a very engaging story. The characters are depicted as very human and we get a picture of life in the early WWII time period when displaced people are migrating out of Europe. You can feel the anxiety of those fleeing as they are trying to obtain the necessary documents while the laws were very rigid. I enjoyed this book very much and I would recommend it to those who like WWII era fiction.
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  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
review to come. It was in interesting premise but somewhat repetitive and after a a while, I felt bored. ( )
  JenPrim | Jan 15, 2016 |
Transit Anna Seghers
★★★★

The book is based on the authors real life attempt to escape the Nazis

The story largely focusses on one mans attempt to escape from the Nazis via Paris and eventually Marseille where he ends up trapped in a endless circle of beaurocracy.

Having escaped from a German concentration camp the narrator has ended up in Marseille by way of agreeing to deliver a letter, in Marseille he learns that refugees are not wanted in fact the only way to stay in Marseille is by proving that you are trying to leave. Each refugee is desperate to be on the next boat that leaves (except the narrator) to be allowed to leave however they need various documents, transit visa, exit visa, proof of passage, refugee status etc all these documents have a limited lifespan and it is virtually impossible to have all the documents valid at the same time.

Through the narrator we meet several characters over and over again as their applications progress and fail.

The narrator wanting to stay in Marseille assumes the identity of a dead man to get the paperwork which will allow him to leave thereby guaranteeing he can stay. This false identity leads to confusion with certain other refugees and leads to the narrator almost losing his own self.

I enjoyed the book and did not find the repetition boring as each repetition did add something more to the story even it was just the realization that refugees were trapped in a Kafkaesque kind of hell.

I also enjoyed the romantic sideline and the confusion of identity this caused the narrator

A different kind of book with a new view of life under the Nazi regime
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  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
WW2, Marseilles is the only port in unoccupied France still operating. This is the place where refugees of all sorts end up and make the rounds for exit visa, transit visa, permits of all kinds and the rare spaces available on the ships leaving. The story is told by one of them, escaped from a German camp and then a French camp, finally reaching Marseilles where the only way he can stay is if he proves he is trying to leave. A quite absurd roundabout where he encounters again and again the same people, staying in a state in limbo, waiting for something to give him a decisive shove, to give his life meaning. ( )
  sushicat | Jan 14, 2016 |
Frankreich im zweiten Weltkrieg. Ein junger Deutscher flieht aus einem Konzentrationslager nach Paris, wo er zufälligerweise an die Hinterlassenschaften eines Toten gerät, zwischen denen sich unter anderem ein Einreisevisum nach Mexiko befindet. Er reist weiter nach Marseille, wo viele andere Flüchtlinge auf eine Möglichkeit warten, in ein anderes Land zu fliehen. Mit dem Einreisevisum nach Mexiko beginnt er, sich unter dem Namen des Toten die weiteren Transitpapiere zu beschaffen und lernt dabei Marie kennen, die Frau des Verstorbenen.
Das Hörspiel (keine Lesung!) vermittelt überzeugend die Atmosphäre in der damaligen Hafenstadt. Der Ich-Erzähler berichtet nicht nur von seinen vergeblichen aber auch erfolgreichen Bemühungen, die notwendigen Papiere zu besorgen, sondern schildert auch manches Schicksal, das seinen Weg kreuzt. Menschen, die monatelang warten, der Wilkür der Behörden ausgeliefert sind, endlich ihre ersehnten Papiere in den Händen halten und dann doch nicht ausreisen können, weil der Tod schneller war. Oder die, die das letzte benötigte Dokument erst erhalten, wenn das erste schon wieder ungültig ist. Und alle wünschen sich nichts sehnlicher, irgendwohin zu gelangen, wo sie in Sicherheit sind - und vermissen trotzdem ihre Heimat.
Dieses Hörspiel ist wirklich toll umgesetzt und man bekommt eine Ahnung davon, wie grausam es sein muss, auf der Flucht zu sein. Obwohl die Buchvorlage dazu vor fast 70 Jahren geschrieben wurde, glaubt man ein aktuelles Stück Literatur vor sich zu haben. Hörenswert!
Einen Punkt Abzug gibt es für die gelegentlichen zu lauten Hintergrundgeräusche (Kneipe, Straße), die manchmal die eigentlichen Stimmen beinahe völlig untergehen lässt. ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Anna Seghersprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Böll, HeinrichAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Conrad, PeterIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dembo, Margot BettauerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mooij, MartinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rost, NicoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Würzner, M.H.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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