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Irreführung der Behörden

by Jurek Becker

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Gregor Bieneck nimmt sein Leben leicht, tut, was ihm Spass macht, und sieht zu, dass er damit durchkommt. Kurz, er ist ein liebenswerter Sonnyboy, der anderen locker die Freundin ausspannt, gern Geschichten erfindet und darum Schriftsteller werden will, der in den Tag hineinlebt, aber dennoch keine Kompromisse macht. Als er plötzlich ein erfolgreicher Drehbuchautor wird und das Geldverdienen geniesst, beginnt er sich zu arrangieren. Jurek Becker erzählt diese typische Geschichte mit der ihm eigenen Ironie und macht sie dadurch unverwechselbar.… (more)
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A lively novel with a very sixties feel to it. Gregor is a student in East Berlin when we first meet him in 1959, bored with his law studies and vainly trying to hawk ideas for stories to editors and TV producers. We follow him through his marriage to his student girlfriend Lola and his breakthrough as a successful screenwriter and novelist, with many misadventures and comic incidents along the way, but the real point of the story seems to be Gregor's increasing discontent with life as the spark of originality he started out with is snuffed out by his growing technical fluency and his chameleon-like ability to adapt his work to what the market wants and what the authorities are prepared to accept. He doesn't exactly wake up in bed and discover that he has turned into a giant cockroach, but the effect is much the same. ( )
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Gregor Bieneck nimmt sein Leben leicht, tut, was ihm Spass macht, und sieht zu, dass er damit durchkommt. Kurz, er ist ein liebenswerter Sonnyboy, der anderen locker die Freundin ausspannt, gern Geschichten erfindet und darum Schriftsteller werden will, der in den Tag hineinlebt, aber dennoch keine Kompromisse macht. Als er plötzlich ein erfolgreicher Drehbuchautor wird und das Geldverdienen geniesst, beginnt er sich zu arrangieren. Jurek Becker erzählt diese typische Geschichte mit der ihm eigenen Ironie und macht sie dadurch unverwechselbar.

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