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The Distant Lover (1982)

by Christoph Hein

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Written by the East German author who won the Heinrich Mann Prize, this novel is an account of a life half-lived, of the price of safety, of the abysses that open beneath the best-ordered, most enlightened modern lives - whether in East Berlin, West Berlin or New York City.
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Do you want alienation? Christoph Hein gives you alienation in this novel written shortly before the fall of the wall and the end of the Iron Curtain. It is set in an East Berlin that is in the midst of an upheaval that will end with the reunification of all Germany as one. ( )
  jwhenderson | May 20, 2017 |
In the love affair between Claudia, divorced, and Henry, a married father of two children, who lives separated, passion seems to be missing. Although in the German language, "the strange friend" can only refer to Henry, who remains a stranger, perhaps, the "odd" friend is Claudia, who is unable to develop a normal, enduring relationship with Henry, as she was unable with her husband, from whom she divorced. Although readers may be tempted to find the reasons for her loneliness in her life in the German Democratic Republic, the true causes are found in her past.

Der fremde Freund, in English The Distant Lover, is a beautifully written novella, about the inability to come closer. ( )
  edwinbcn | Feb 7, 2015 |
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Più tardi, molto più tardi, un tentativo di ricostruzione. La ricostituzione di un evento. La speranza di un accostamento. Per afferrare e per comprendere. La natura resta incerta. Un sogno. O un ricordo lontano. Un'immagine, per me, inaffarrabile, in fondo incomprensibile. Tuttavia presente e rassicurante nell'anonimo, nell'inspiegabile che sono anch'io. Infine il desiderio passa. Finito. La realtà iperreale, le mie decalcomanie quotidiane ricoprono tutto, alla rinfusa, rumorosamente, in modo distratto. Salutare. E restano in me solo la paura, una sofferta impotenza incomprensibile, inestinguibile.
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Written by the East German author who won the Heinrich Mann Prize, this novel is an account of a life half-lived, of the price of safety, of the abysses that open beneath the best-ordered, most enlightened modern lives - whether in East Berlin, West Berlin or New York City.

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