Russendisko (German Edition) Hardcover – January 1, 2000
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- Publisher : Manhattan; 1. Aufl edition (January 1, 2000)
- Language : German
- Hardcover : 191 pages
- ISBN-10 : 3442545196
- ISBN-13 : 978-3442545193
- Item Weight : 13.5 ounces
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This book is a series of bite-sized essays relating the experience of the author as he and friends leave Russia for Germany around the fall of the Berlin wall. Each essay shows the author and his friends grappling with and generally besting various authorities.
His father celebrates the opening up of Russian society during the Gorbachov years by advising him to emigrate for `Liberty is only passing through' and the best way to celebrate Russian freedom is to get out as fast as possible.
The first story made me laugh out loud, various Russians came to Germany by claiming that they were of Jewish origin. Once this trickle started to become a flood the Germans introduced some elementary questioning to establish whether the incomers were indeed of Jewish heritage - this situation is fraught enough - however the newcomers repeated some doggerel and innuendo straight out of the anti-semitic Protocols of Zion to `prove' their Jewishness.
The story telling is compelling and tends to make the reader follow one essay with the next, however I think the book is best read periodically, as I finished the second half of the book in one go, and found the stories blended one into another.
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The language is very simple, mainly written in short sentences with a limited vocabulary. (Perhaps this is why it's on some A-level set book lists). Worth a read, and being split into very short sections you can pick it up and read just a bit at a time, which can be handy. However, I think it'll be a while before I read it again.
This book is grammatically straightforward with new and useful vocabulary, but not so that I'm looking up every other word.
It is about the experiences of a russian jew, coming to live in East Berlin in the Honecker era. Happy to commend it
Sehr intelligent geschrieben mit einem köstlichen Humor und alles in perfektem Deutsch! Das muss ein anderer Russe erst mal nachmachen. Die Feinheiten der deutschen Sprache so derart beherrschen, dass man wie oben beschrieben, laut lachen muss. Ist ja schon schwer genug, überhaupt ein Buch zu finden, was "lustig" sein soll. Herr Kaminer besitzt meine uneingeschränkte Hochachtung.
Es ist sehr interessant und super witzig geschrieben.
Ich habe wirklich einige Male herzhaft gelacht, die beschriebenen Klischees passen einfach perfekt.
Jeder mit russischen Wurzeln sollte das Buch mal gelesen haben.