Buy Das Wochenende by Bernhard Schlink (ISBN:) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Das Wochenende examines how their feelings have changed in the interval. It debates Bernhard Schlink was born in in Bielefeld, Germany. A lawyer, he. How do we like our terrorists now? Can a man with four murders to his credit, pardoned by the German state and released from prison after
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Das Wochenende by Bernhard Schlink. Das Wochenende by Bernhard Schlink. Christiane, seine Schwester, will sein erstes Wochenende in Freiheit mit einem Dutzend alter Freunde feiern, in einer verfallenen Schlino auf dem Land, ohne Reporter und Kameras.
Sie wollen gern raten und helfen und zugleich Distanz wahren. Die Vergangenheit wird lebendig. Published first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Das Wochenendeplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Some speak about a “German Autumn”.
Several of its members went to jail I would recall the Ulrike Meinhof case, still mysterious as to the causes of her hanging while in jail. In the organization was dismantled. Before reading the book I watched an interview given by Schlink. He pondered on “being German About protests and idealism he said: They will try to bernard how it was 30 years ago. We shall read about the inner life of each of them…. She’s got a plan: She bought the bsrnhard with Margerete.
While on the way, Christiane notices her brother has changed: Finally, at the rural old house. Let’s see some of the characters already there. Ilse, the timid teacher. She took three days off. She teaches English, German and the Arts. It’s been almost 30 years and she recalls: Henner, the journalist for magazines like Stern and Spiegel and the newspapers.
He had been in love with Christine,years ago Intelligent Karin, who became a bishop. Fatty Margarete witnesses the arrival of short Ulrich, his wife and daughter Dorle.
Ulrich is a prosthetic dentist. Ilse is back on her plot writing: Or, in fact, is Jan living a new life?
Friends meet and talk. Ulrich speaks about his first dental prosthetic. Henner about his first article. Ilse on her first class. Andreas about his first lawsuit.
Kari on her first preaching. BUT…at the table, Hernhard is merciless: A shower of questions issues from his mouth: How was your life in prison? More than twenty years in prison…charged with terrorism! How was the cell life: He went wocyenende bed…he even expelled from his bedroom young Dorle…who tried some advances on him. Later on, another character will join: What job for him?. Ilse gets the solution for her story: She wonders about becoming isolated; all those topics pardoning terrorists, the RAF…the German Autumn are sick.
Once she was different: Margerete reflects on the landscape: He wants to know about its architectural history. But then he says who he really is: He calls father a Nazi. Ilse has concluded her thriller. Cshlink start leaving after a team-work: Margarete and Christiane are happy seeing them, coordinating the moves.
Ferdinand had a short love affair with Dorle. Margerete and Henner are lovers, now. Thence my 3 stars. View all 19 comments. Apr 05, Friederike Knabe rated it it was amazing Shelves: A group of, for the most part, long time friends meet at a secluded, dilapidated country villa in the countryside around Berlin.
They have come together to welcome back into society one of their own. The novel follows the visitors over the course o A group of, for the most part, long time friends meet at a secluded, dilapidated country villa in the countryside around Berlin. The novel follows the visitors over the course of a three day weekend, from arrival in ones and twos, through their individual recollections and group discussions, to their departure. Bernhard Schlink, best known internationally for his novel, The Reader, and highly respected for eliciting difficult societal questions emanating from Germany’s history most recently in Guilt About the Pastexplores with this contemplative novel political and moral topics that wohcenende, thirty years on, linger uncomfortably in the consciousness of many Germans and are pertinent for today’s global political climate.
Through his insightful portrayal of a group of personable friends all in their late fifties and the various shades of their relationships, Schlink very skilfully also embeds his own probing questions and concerns into the minds of his characters, exposing their diverse perspectives on the past and present.
He adds into the mix three representatives of the next generation who have formed their own judgement on the “parent generation”. The villa and the surrounding park act as the frame and arena for the weekend guests and their discussions.
Wandering in the park allows for reflection or the rekindling of old romantic ties or even for drawing wochejende energy for the future. Each character is depicted with just enough personal detail and background to place them within the group and link them to their common past, without making them or the joint history the main drivers of the novel.
Schlnk, he appears like a shadow of his former self and hesitant to answer any questions about his past or his reflections during the long years in detention. There are also some unexpected twists in the group dynamic: However, more than anything it is the participation of two young men with opposing views and motivations for their scglink, that breaks the apparent psychological comfort zone of the group.
Readers who are expecting a narrative of action, some major character developments or definite answers to the moral and societal questions touched on, may be disappointed with this relatively short novel.
For somebody, like myself, who grew up during those heady days of the sixties and seventies in Germany, Schlink’s story touches on many truths and suggests realities that I am familiar with. Nonetheless, the issues he addresses have broad relevance far beyond the German situations that he explores. The strength of the novel for me lies in the deceptively gently-paced, sometimes touching yet also astute exploration of mind and soul of a group of friends and their potential for reflection and change.
I read the novel in its German original and felt even more engaged with the story on second reading.
Bernhard Schlink is an author of substance, style, and ideas; it is unfortunate that this work seems only to be a pastiche of his earlier fiction. Neither characters nor plot enhance his distinctive themes of guilt, responsibility, memory, and reconciliation. Vaguely reminiscent initially of the film THE BIG CHILL, in this depiction, the group of middle-aged friends are not rendezvousing to mourn an old friend, but have gathered in a rural farmhouse in Germany to welcome home Jorg, a just-rele Bernhard Schlink is an author of substance, style, and ideas; it is unfortunate that this work seems only to be a pastiche of his earlier fiction.
Vaguely reminiscent initially of the film THE BIG CHILL, in this depiction, the group of middle-aged friends are not rendezvousing to mourn an old friend, but have gathered in a rural farmhouse in Germany to welcome home Jorg, a just-released prisoner.
Jorg has served a long sentence for murder and other crimes connected with his revolutionary activities. Although not explicitly detailed, readers can assume Jorg and his friends were associated with Rudi Dutschke and the German student movement of the late ‘s and perhaps subsequently with the violent Red Army Faction or Baader-Meinhof Group.
Questions about Jorg’s atttitudes to his former actions and his current views, the varying responses of his companions especially, his sister Christiane, his possible betrayer Henner, his accuser Ulrich, and the committed Marxist Marko provide the stage for Schlink’s philosophical ruminations.
Through a dialectical process the characters reveal the youthful idealism of their memories, which are now overshadowed by the crushing reality of the present.
Here the author is at his best in dialogue and detail. However, for reasons unknown, he meanders far afield to create new and revive old romantic attachments for the group including a bizarre young seductress for Jorg and to introduce an interloping and “mysterious” stranger whose true identity is an almost banal literary device. In fact, one Schlink character speaks of “the lies we need to keep on living,” which “do not only reveal pain, [but] also create it.