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Legalul (original 1985; edition 1987)

by Günter Wallraff

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Title:Legalul
Authors:Günter Wallraff
Info:Budapest : Magvető, 1987
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:read, own, magyarul, german, germany, nonfiction, investigative_journalism, poverty, racism, x12mr, gy, nuclear_power, turkish, german_turkish

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Ganz unten by Günter Wallraff (1985)

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    edwinbcn: Similar partcicipating observation large scale undercover operations, disclosing racism in Europe and the US, respectively. Classic studies with a huge impact.
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    Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell (alv)
    alv: Orwell lives together with the lowest of the lowest in the Paris and London of the final 20s. Walraff impersonates a turkish immigrant to the prosperous Federal Republic of Germany of the mid-80s.
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Een must-read voor elke journalist in spé!
Je vergeet om de haverklap dat het waargebeurd is. Niet enkel door de verhalen die gewoonweg té maf lijken om realiteit te zijn, maar ook door de intrigerende schrijfstijl van Wallraff; de grootste onderzoeksjournalist die we kennen. Prachtig doch deprimerend. Het besef dat nu toch al veel van dergelijke praktijken zijn opgehouden (of toch in onze Westerse wereld) maakt het iets draaglijker om tot het einde te komen van dit magnifiek boek. ( )
  Zomerdromer | Dec 3, 2010 |
I finally picked up a copy of this classic work of German investigative journalism. It is a great, shocking and funny read about the Panglossian adventures of a fake-Turkish immigrant in poverty at the rock bottom of society. Beside the absolute horror of neglect and disregard of labor and health standards of even large companies during the 1980s in Germany, Wallraff never fails to discover the absurd and funny moments of his wrecked existence. His completely gratuitous attempt in joining the Catholic church and the shocked reaction of the clergy about this over-eager disciple is great comedy. The underlying racism and discrimination is all too real, however. While the inner unionized workers are obviously aware of the abuse going on, they actively collude with the management against the so-called "others". As always, such dreadful behavior can only be broken if the responsible managers, currently sheltered behind a host of shell companies and forged records, are put behind prison bars. Nearly thirty years later, it remains an important and still relevant book that is both shocking and a pleasure to read. Highly recommended. ( )
1 vote jcbrunner | Jun 30, 2010 |
A classic undercover investigation into the life of a Turkish immigrant worker in German industry.
  CIJ | Jan 8, 2009 |
Deeply shattering. It might be good to know that one of the few developed countries where it was not possible to have this book edited was the USA.

Extremely recommended. ( )
  alv | Nov 23, 2008 |
immer wieder interessant, darin zu schmökern, aber: wie ist es heute?
  hzvszkzsz | Mar 9, 2008 |
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Zehn Jahre habe ich diese Rolle vor mir hergeschoben. Wohl, weil ich geahnt habe, was mir bevorstehen würde. Ich hatte ganz einfach Angst.
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Ich gehöre zu den Schwachen, meine Stimme ist nicht sehr stark, mein Auftreten auch nicht. Wenn ein Vertreter der Schachen so etwas auslöst und in Bewegung setz, scheinbar Allmächtige so durchsichtig, so durchschaubar macht und ihnen den Boden unter den Füßen wegzieht, so daß sie als lächerliche Figuren erkennbar sind -- und wenn dann jeder das in seinen Bereich überträgt, dann merken viele, was für eine sonst brachliegende Stärke entsteht, wenn sich die Schwachen zusammentun, und was sie alles erreichen können , wenn sie sich nicht bevormunden lassen, sie nicht delegieren lassen, sich nicht von oben herab gängeln lassen. Und von da her ist meine Arbeit immer wieder ein Appell, sich nicht mit einer bevormundeten Situation abzufinden. Es ist eine Form der Aktion, die nachvollziehbar und auch von andern machbar ist.
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Günter Wallraff tarnt sich als Türke und erlebt für zwei Jahre die Deutsche Bauindustrie, die Schwerindustrie, die Klinische Versuche, und vieles mehr.
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