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Dunkle Kontaktlinsen, ein schwarzes Haarteil und gebrochenes Deutsch reichen aus, um das Ausmaß der beruflichen und gesellschaftlichen Diskriminierung zu erfahren, die Millionen sogenannter Ausländer täglich widerfährt. Zwei Jahre lang (von 1983 bis 1985) war Günter Wallraff Ali Levent, ein Türke, der kein Türkisch spricht. In seiner Odyssee durch die Arbeitswelt fängt er ...more
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Published 1988 by Kiepenheuer & Witsch (first published January 1st 1985)
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Randall
This was a very interesting book recommended to me by a co-worker. It's a non-fiction account of a journalist who goes undercover as an immigrant Turkish worker in Germany in the mid 1980s. The purpose of the novel was to describe the horrible and inhumane conditions many immigrant Turks were forced to work in. I felt some of the situations were a bit over-exaggerated at times by the author (he seemed to set up certain situations to achieve a specific outcome that he could later denounce), but a ...more
Carlos
Leí este libro allá cuando la caída del muro y entonces parecía todavía menos fácil de creer. Lectura más que recomendada para aquellos que piensan emigrar donde los teutones (o a cualquier otro país desarrollado y floreciente), que creen que Alemania es un ejemplo y un envidiable motor crecimiento para toda Europa sin pensar que la moral era una cosa de Kant y no de todos los individuos allí nacidos desde 1804. No que en todas partes no cuezan habas; Al contrario: este libro muestra que bien s ...more
Hans
Die Arbeitsbedingungen, welche in "Ganz unten" aufgelistet werden scheinen identisch mit denen, die im Viktorianischen England entstanden. Von jeglicher Verantwortung für Nazi-verbrechen befreit, durften die Nazi-Ausbeuter fröhlich weiter ihrem Werk frönen - und wie sich zeigt, gilt dieser Ethische-Maßstab immer noch.

Was Günter Wallraff schildert ist nichts anderes als moderner Menschenhandel und Sklaverei, natürlich dank Marktwirtschaftlicher Parolen und Chauvinistischer Hassreden gestützt. Das
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Bernardo Kaiser
Esse livro foi publicado no brasil com o nome "Cabeça de Turco".

Tem seus momentos e a situação dos turcos descrita em si é bastante triste, mas acho que a reporatagem em si já ficou datada. Em geral também não é muito bem escrito, nem muito bem organizado. Hoje em dia também creio que se fantasiar de turco e aplicar ~black face~ ainda que com boas intenções não seria muito bem visto
that cute little red-eyed kitten
It's tricky to rate this book many years after I read it, but I remember I was quite impressed at the time. The first book I read by Wallraff was "The Witnesses" (unsure of the title, as I read it in Norwegian - "die Zeugen" should be the German title, but I'm not sure if the titles match), in which he more or less went to war against the mighty BILD-Zeitung of Germany, Europe's largest newspaper - of disputed quality, to put it nicely. I liked that book better than "Ganz Unten", which I read so ...more
Esme
Günter Wallraff begibt sich im Jahr 1985 in Verkleidung des Türken Ali in das Abseits ausgestoßener Minderheiten. Während dieser Zeit erfährt er, was ein Ausländer in unserer Gesellschaft ertragen muss, aber nicht, wie es ihm gelingt, die Feindseligkeiten und den Hass zu verarbeiten. Er selbst trägt psychische Schäden durch die erfahrene Menschenverachtung davon, trotz des Bewusstseins, dass er diese Rolle jederzeit wieder ablegen kann. Wallraffs Erfahrungsbericht "Ganz unten" löste eine ganze R ...more
Joseph Muniz
Una estridende aventura por las tuberías de la sociedad alemana, sabido es que la mano de hora siempre es la que más puede abaratarse, con el deseo de tener mejor ganancias. En varios apartados del libro se muestra cuan cerca seguimos en los terrenos de la esclavitud, donde no vale el deseo de ayudar al otro sino el poder lograr una mayor y jugosa ganancia. Vale mucho el darle lectura para recordar siempre que existe alguien que hace el trabajo "sucio" e "invisible" que mantiene a cualquier soci ...more
Xavi
Lo que es realmente escalofriante de este libro es lo poco que deben haber cambiado las cosas en algunos lugares o, si se quiere, lo que deben haber empeorado.
Nada cambia: los que menos tienen, peores trabajos hacen al peor precio posible.
Dicho esto, la radicalización del libro entre malos (alemanes) y buenos (turcos) parece un poco demasiado forzada. Quizá me hubiese gustado encontrar algun personaje menos encasillado.
Gustavo Pacheco
Entretenido al principio, aburrido para el final. Cuenta la historia de Günter, quien se hace pasar por Alí (un turco) en tiempos en que los habitantes de Alemania no querían a los extranjeros, ya fueran turcos, judios, etc. La historia transcurre con el hilo conductor de la explotación y discriminación a los extranjeros. El comienzo tiene un buen ritmo, pero pienso que el autor al final dice más de lo mismo. Aunque la última página terminó como hubo que terminar. No es un final de cuento, es la ...more
Marc
Destijds onthutsend verslag van de werkomstandigheden van migranten in Duitsland.
Lacin Tutalar
Great read on embedded issues in labor, social injustice and hatred / xenophobia. Chapters of this book show what journalism can hamper social inequalities. I have known the author from his recent project on African immigrant workers facingprejudice and discrimination in Europe, but this book has been mind-opening,although prior to that recent project. I kept asking: such determinism for a journalist; how so? Once I finished the book, I had an answer: his life, his biography. Quite remarkable.
Jos
Voor mezelf een kleine retrospectieve met deze onderzoeksjournalist avant la lettre. Een kleine triptiek, lezen " auf deutsch", der Kolner-link (geen ostalgie maar nostalgie) en een thema dat nog steeds brandend actueel is. Schitterend geschreven vanuit het hart . Smaakt naar meer. Ik hou meer van de Duitse titel, ganz unten dan van het wat sensationelere Nederlandstalige "ik Ali" wat de auteur in zijn sérieux en onderzoeksdaden tekort doet
Bulent
Araştırmacı Gazetecilik şahikası bir kitap. Wallraff'ın gizli kimlikle, Alman toplumuna entegre olamayan göçmen işçilerden biri gibi davranarak Alman toplumunun ve kapitalizmin gizlenen yüzlerini sergilediği bir dizi haberin ayrıntılı bir şekilde anlatıldığı kitap ödüle doymamıştı.

Türkiye'de gazetecilik eğitimi veren kurumların ve akademisyenlerin pek çoğunun, haberi bile olmaması ise bir çelişki olarak ortaya çıkıyor.
Gabrielvc
This book shows some of the awful truth about the exploitation of foreign workers. Even knowing beforehand what it was about, some of the descriptions of the harsh situation in the services industry really shocked me. The author does not hide his feelings for the thugs he caught. But there is really no good side of this story. Worth reading.
Morgiana
this was an interesting and intense read how the 'Gastarbeiter' were treated in West Germany in the '80s - it reminded me how the Eastern Europeans (and other nations) are treated in the more luckier societies - maybe with a little veil of civilisation, but the basics are the same.
Eva
It's an excellent book. It shows how harsh europeans are with the innmigrants(or at least were) and how little the companies care about people's health, the enviroment. Anything for money.
Mips
Gelezen in 1986...
Verschenen in het Nederlands onder de titel 'Ik, Ali'

En zo kwam er een definitief einde aan Mips' naïeve kijk op de Westerse economie...
Altug
Alman gazeteci Günter Wallraff'in Turk isci kiliginda yasadigi deneyimler sinif bilincinizi uyandiracak nitelikte. Tavsiye ederim.
Aumgn
Gunter Wallraff doet alsof hij een Turk is, om er zo achter te komen hoe de Duitse maatschappij écht is voor immigranten.
Victorvanr
Impressive, even after more than 25 years. I would have given 5 stars if the text had been more coherent and balanced.
Peter
ik (ali) : eerste keer dat ik hoorde van undercover journalistiek, indrukwekkend
Instruch
N.B.: In het Nederlands gelezen.
Gregor Erbach
Wallraff als Türke - genial!
Nicole
Interessant boek.
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Günter Wallraff is a German writer and journalist. He came to prominence thanks to his striking journalistic research methods and several major books on lower class working conditions and tabloid journalism. This style of research is based on what the reporter experiences personally after covertly becoming part of the subgroup under investigation. Wallraff would construct a fictional identity so t ...more
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