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Der Fremde Freund / Drachenblut

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»Ich bin unverletzlich geworden. Ich habe in Drachenblut gebadet, und kein Lindenblatt ließ mich irgendwo schutzlos. Aus dieser Haut komme ich nicht mehr heraus.« Das ist das Fazit der Ich-Erzählerin, Ärztin an einem Ostberliner Krankenhaus, kinderlos, geschieden. Von einem scheinbar ganz normalen Frauenleben berichtet sie, und doch werden hinter der kühlen, spröden Fassad ...more
Paperback, Suhrkamp-Taschenbuch, #3476, 175 pages
Published 2002 by Suhrkamp (first published 1982)
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Ouch, that woman had problems with feelings...

Quite an unsettling, dark and not-so-easy-to-understand story of a woman, who decided that it usually brings too much trouble to get to know other people and have any kind of feelings towards them.
Set in the Eastern Germany (DDR), this short story is extremely critical to the system and people of that time Germany but this criticism is made masterly unobvious (I guess that's why it managed to avoid censorship and to be published in 1982).

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This German translation gives us an aloof, disconnected East German female physician, living in East Berlin under Communism. (The book was originally published in 1989, the year the Berlin Wall came down.) She goes through life so fearful of hurt that she encapsulates herself in a protective shell, hardly taking an interest in other people. Some of the writing that illustrates this: "It's not worth getting to know anyone....I prefer the more neutral relationship I have with the pieces of furnitu ...more
Like Ward Just at his best, sketches character in her deep acute psychological crucible.

The main character, female, admits to not liking/having much in common with her mother or father, not caring about her ex-husband, not being interested in strident professionalism, and vacations at the same place every year. All of this she does little to conceal, just ask her and she'll plainly tell you she's never heard of the conventions of which you speak. At the center is a love story and a story about w
On of my fav books. I simply love it!!!
Christian Krüger
Im Westteil erschien die Novelle unter dem Titel "Drachenblut". Der Titel symbolisiert besser den Lebensweg der Frau in der Geschichte. Siegfried, der Drachentöter aus dem Nibelungenlied, badet im Blut seines Opfers. Die Hornhaut, die ihn fortan überzieht, macht ihn unangreifbar. Vermeintlich. Doch während des Bades hat sich ein Lindenblatt zwischen Siegfrieds mächtige Schultern gelegt. Der wunde Punkt: sein Geheimnis. Auch die Hauptdarstellerin in der wunderbaren Geschichte trägt ihr Geheimnis, ...more
another book I came across in my 1994 diary/notebooks. My notes read: liked it; set in East Berlin, unsettling because of its lack of a centre, everything - family, God, civil achievement - is seen as meaningless.
I don't know how I extrapolated 4 stars from these comments, but I reckon I'll look this book up again (must have got it from the library).
this novella was sheathed in an amazing coldness, a kind of comforting depression inhabiting the central characters. Very dark, very (sorry) German. There's little description of place or scene, just the actions and reactions of the characters. It's a book you can fill up on your own.
Courtney Marie
Fantastic attention to the details of a woman's inner thoughts as she approaches midlife. Especially impressive as it is written by a man. This book was a great literary adventure.
Unglaublich gut geschrieben; sehr melancholisch, aber nur im Nachhinein; sehr depressiv, aber nicht aufdringlich. Würd ich sofort nochmal lesen.
Can't vouch for the english version, but I strongly suggest somebody check it out: "The distant lover"
Dirk Nachbar
3.5 stars. excellently written by man as a woman. a bit unclear what it all means though
Sopo Chkoidze
it was kind of hard to understand for me, but it was worth it.
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