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Der Turm: Geschichte aus einem versunkenen Land. Roman (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Uwe Tellkamp

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Title:Der Turm: Geschichte aus einem versunkenen Land. Roman
Authors:Uwe Tellkamp
Info:Suhrkamp Verlag (2008), Ausgabe: 11, Gebundene Ausgabe, 976 Seiten
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The Tower: Tales from a Lost Country by Uwe Tellkamp (2008)

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DNF.

The Tower / Der Turm has been praised as a masterpiece of describing life in East Germany in the 1980s, the struggle of people against a doomed regime based on secrets and lies.

And, yet, I'm throwing in the towel.

I just can't get past the ridiculous writing style and the overblown descriptions in this book.
Obviously, I am not going to comment on the plot, the characters, or the historical accuracy as I haven't finished the book. What I will say, tho, is that 200 pages in neither plot, characters or setting managed to capture me or made me want to suffer through another 800 pages of writing that was nearly as spurious, convoluted and self-congratulatory as that of my recent encounter with Elizabeth Bowen - and that is saying something. ( )
  BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
Wunderbare Sprache, aber langweilige Erzählung ( )
  etides | Sep 18, 2011 |
As I told in my tag.
you really feel the leadden pressure of the late DDR.
These years where you could'nt speak up, the suspicion, someone might tell you want to leave the country even your close family.
The problems to get the mere minimum to eat and live
  lorge | Dec 20, 2010 |
Incredible novel about the DDR, wonderfully written. ( )
  bertwerk | Mar 16, 2010 |
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Die elektrischen Zitronen aus dem VEB "Narva", mit denen der Baum dekoriert war, hatten einen Defekt, flackerten hin und wieder auf und löschten die elbwärts liegende Silhouette Dresdens. Christian zog die feucht gewordenen, an den wollenen Innenseiten mit Eiskügelchen bedeckten Fäustlinge aus und rieb die vor Kälte fast taub gewordenen Finger rasch gegeneinander, hauchte sie an - der Atem verging als Nebelstreif vor dem finster liegenden, in den Fels gehauenen Eingang des Buchensteigs, der hinauf zu Arbogasts Instituten führte.
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Außer ihm wartete niemand auf die Standseilbahn, und um sich die Zeit zu vertreiben, musterte er die Anzeigentafeln. Lange waren sie nicht mehr gesäubert worden. Eine warb für das Cafe Toscana auf der Altstädter Elbseite, eine für das weiter in Richtung Schillerplatz liegende Geschäft Nähter, eine andere für das Restaurant Sibyllenhof an der Bergstation. In Gedanken begann Christian Fingersatz und Melodiefolge des italienischen Stücks zu wiederholen, das auf der Geburtstagsfeier für den Vater gespielt werden sollte. Dann sah er in die Dunkelheit des Tunnels.
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