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Reünie : een novelle by Fred Uhlman

Reünie : een novelle (original 1971; edition 1987)

by Fred Uhlman, Robert Warmenhoven (Translator), Arthur Koestler

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Title:Reünie : een novelle
Authors:Fred Uhlman
Other authors:Robert Warmenhoven (Translator), Arthur Koestler
Info:Amsterdam : Meulenhoff; 91 p, 19 cm; http://opc4.kb.nl/DB=1/PPN?PPN=037208691
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Reunion by Fred Uhlman (1971)

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The ending of some books leaves you scratching your head. Not this, the ending is stark. You cannot get the meaning wrong. Likewise, the opening is beautiful too. I read it several times and it is just as poetic. ( )
  siok | Mar 28, 2017 |
Apparently Koestler considered this book a masterpiece. I’m not so sure. Recounting the year’s friendship he had with an upper class boy, Konradin, Graf von Hohenfels in Stuttgart in 1932, the narrator, Hans Schwarz, a Jew, goes on to relate his departure for America when anti-semitic behaviour had made life unbearable.

While most of the book focuses on the friendship between the two boys, I couldn’t really see what it was they found in each other despite the narrator’s and Konradin’s declarations of great love for each other. I think, in fact, Uhlman was using this friendship to show how destructive Hitler’s rise to leadership made society – but he needed to give more substance collecting to the friendship than sharing an interest in coin in order to make it work as an indication of Nazi devastation when the friendship is broken.

Of more contemporary interest today is perhaps what is said about faith and how aetheism is the logical response to a world where no god should/would allow terrible things to happen. And I also found it interesting to read ‘, Sub specie aeternitatis we all, without exception, are failures. I don’t know where I read that death undermines our confidence in life by showing that in the end everything is equally futile before the final darkness. Yes, futile is the right word’. While Uhlman wasn’t a teenager in 1932 but a man in his thirties so the narrator is not autobiographical, clearly the war would have had a major impact on his way of thinking. And I wonder if the way he has Hans say he sends money to Jews in Israel is the way he thinks this society should be supported despite, in 1971 when he wrote the book, there was abundant evidence of the Jewish repression of the Palestinians.

I found the ending where the reader is led to see that Konradin who had admired Hitler had clearly turned against him to be a little too pat, wrapping up the story with the right ideologies according to Uhlman coming through. ( )
  evening | Mar 11, 2017 |
Final sobrecogedor ( )
  aliolica | Jun 24, 2016 |
Simply stunning. A must read. ( )
  amy_marie26 | Mar 15, 2016 |
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Uhlman, Fredprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Warmenhoven, RobertTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Castagnone, Maria GiuliaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Koestler, ArthurIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Entrò nella mia vita nel febbraio 1932 per non uscirne più. Da allora è passato più di un quarto di secolo, più di novemila giorni tediosi e senza scopo, che l'assenza della speranza ha reso tutti ugualmente vuoti...
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Nella Germania degli anni Trenta, due ragazzi sedicenni frequentano la stessa scuola esclusiva. L'uno è figlio di un medico ebreo, l'altro è di ricca famiglia aristocratica. Tra loro nasce un'amicizia del cuore, un'intesa perfetta e magica. Un anno dopo, il loro legame è spezzato. "L'amico ritrovato" è apparso nel 1971 negli Stati Uniti ed è poi stato pubblicato in Inghilterra, Francia, Olanda, Svezia, Norvegia, Danimarca, Spagna, Germania, Israele, Portogallo. Introduzione di Arthur Koestler.
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Donated by Mrs J Wheeldon, Headmistress - 2002 (ABB57448). Original English title: Reunion.

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