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Op 1 oktober 1989 wordt de Oost-Duitse Wilhelm Powileit negentig jaar. Terwijl buiten de roep om vrijheid en democratie steeds luider klinkt en het niet lang meer duurt voordat de Muur zal vallen, eindigt de dag voor de inmiddels demente Wilhelm in grote chaos, wanneer de tafel voor het buffet met eten en al instort.

Wilhelm was zijn leven lang overtuigd communist, net als
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Published August 2012 by De Geus (first published 2011)
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This is my top ten 2013. Apart from proving that even simple arithmetic is beyond me, it also reveals a certain pattern in my reading pleasure. Of the fourteen - and no, I'm not quite as numerically challenged as all that, The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss was not available for the photo shoot - three were read in January, six in August/beginning of September, and four at the end of October/beginning of November. What do those months have in common? Off work. Holiday.
Quân Khuê
Jan 12, 2017 Quân Khuê rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cần phải thông báo tôi đã đọc xong cuốn này tối qua. Với thời gian dành cho việc đọc ngày càng eo hẹp, đọc xong tôi phải báo cáo ngay để tự khích lệ bản thân. Khi nào có nhiều thời gian hơn một chút tôi sẽ review sau. Chúc bạn một ngày đẹp trời.
Bên Phía Nhà Z
Nov 06, 2016 Bên Phía Nhà Z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Đọc lần hai thấy cảm thông hơn với bọn đời sau, tự dưng thấy buồn buồn nữa mới đểu =)))

Như chính tít phụ của nó, “Thời nắng lịm,” cuốn tiểu thuyết đầu tay của Eugen Ruge đạt cả hai giải thưởng German Book Prize và Alfred Doblin Prize, viết về một gia đình Đông Đức bốn thế hệ trải dài từ thập niên 50 của thế kỷ trước đến tận năm 2001, thời điểm nơi cuốn sách bắt đầu với những nhân vật cách nhau cả thế kỷ tuổi. Thuộc thể loại tiểu thuyết gia đình, nơi có những đại diện xuất sắc là “Gia đình Budde
Dec 31, 2016 Huy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Đầu tiên phải nói là mình quá thích cái tựa sách. Cuốn sách viết về Đông Đức không phải trên vũ đài chính trị mà từ góc nhìn của một gia đình trải dài qua 4 thế hệ, từ lúc hưng thịnh đến suy tàn. Đây là một cuốn sách viết về một đề tài nghe có vẻ đao to búa lớn nhưng quả thật hết sức khéo léo, và đặc biệt là cực kỳ hài hước.
Tu Hoang
Feb 26, 2017 Tu Hoang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Friederike Knabe
Oct 13, 2011 Friederike Knabe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-lit
Eugen Ruge's IN ZEITEN DES ABNEHMENDEN LICHTS created a bit of a literary sensation in Germany when this debut novel won the prominent German Book Prize 2010 as, what some German critics have called, the "Great DDR Buddenbrooks novel", a multi-generational family tale, set primarily in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). Now translated into English as IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT by the highly esteemed Anthea Bell, it will likely establish itself as an important fictional account of persona ...more
Dec 09, 2011 Esther rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deutschland
Über drei Generationen hinweg wird durch die Mitglieder einer Familie die Geschichte vom Anfang bis Ende der DDR aufgerollt. Der Leser findet sich an verschiedenen, historisch oder familienbezogenen wichtigen Jahresstationen wieder, von den 50-ger Jahren über die 60-ger und 70-ger bis hin zum Jahr des Mauerfalls und weiterführend bis 2001.
Sehr interessante Charaktere, die sehr einfühlsam dargestellt sind, beginnend mit der vom Kommunismus überzeugten Generation der Vorkriegsjahre bis hin zu der
Aug 02, 2013 Kristine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-pantheon
MAGNIFICENT. On one level, this is just a lot of unhappy people living in physically and/or psychologically dreary circumstances, ordinarily a book I wouldn’t want to keep going with. On another, this is a fascinating kaleidoscope where some of the same places – Berlin, Moscow, Mexico City – shift in and out of decades (1952, 1989, 2001). More centrally, the same set of people shift in and out of foreground/background: Kurt is the son who seems too dutiful to Mutti if you’re his wife, too subjec ...more
Aug 04, 2014 Gill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book four stars. It moved back and forth in time, and also locations, including East Germany pre and post fall of the Berlin Wall, Russia and Mexico.
This was a device I expected to find irritating, but in fact it worked well to build up the story and develop the characters.

I got a bit confused between the various characters and different generations of the same family. I wished I'd made a family tree as I went along.

There was an unexpected incident near the end of the book that I f
Jul 05, 2013 Stefan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german
Dass ich in unserer kleinen, aber feinen Germanistik-Abteilung der Sprachwissenschaftler bin, und nicht etwa ein Literaturwissenschaftler, hat den angenehmen Nebeneffekt, dass ich nicht alle „wichtigen“ Bücher immer sofort lesen muss. (Der zweite angenehme Nebeneffekt ist übrigens, dass ich mich mit Sprachwissenschaft beschäftigen darf und nicht mit Literaturwissenschaft.) „In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts“, immerhin schon vor zwei Jahren mit dem Deutschen Buchpreis ausgezeichnet, stand schon ei ...more
'En tiempos de luz menguante' de Eugen Ruge es una novela que abarca 50 años de la historia de la Alemania del Este pero también 50 años de la historia de una familia, prácticamente cuatro generaciones. Hay múltiples puntos de vista, cada personaje tiene su voz (y estilo) particular, y la narración no es lineal sino que salta continuamente adelante y atrás en el tiempo. Es, por tanto, una obra ambiciosa, la primera novela de un escritor debutante, que sale airoso de los retos estilísticos y narr ...more
Mar 02, 2013 Casper rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
Waar ze in de VS de eeuwige discussie hebben over de ‘Great American novel’, zijn ze in Duitsland altijd op zoek naar het ultieme boek over de Wende. Die discussies blijven boeiend, omdat er nooit een eenduidig antwoord op is. Enkele jaren geleden werd De toren van Uwe Tellkamp opeens onthaald als de definitieve Wende-roman. Onlangs woei de nieuwste literaire sensatie vanuit Duitsland over naar Nederland, In tijden van afnemend licht van Eugen Ruge. Waarom lees je het ene boek niet en het andere ...more
Con Bé Ki
Mar 13, 2017 Con Bé Ki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Mình thấy cuốn này đọc cũng được thôi, bởi các mối quan hệ trong đấy hông có chạm được đến mình để mình rung cảm, hoặc chạm nhưng không đủ, do nó còn bận nói đến các mối quan hệ khác nữa, mà lại là những mối quan hệ mình không thực sự muốn quan tâm.
When I saw that Fading Light was compared to Buddenbrooks, and that the author indicated that it was "The Story of a Family" (as Buddenbrooks is prefaced) I snatched it up. Many reviewers here caution that the reader must know something about East Germany or socialism or the Fall of the Wall to enjoy this book. I don't see that as the essential problem here. I knew essentially nothing about 19th century Germany, Lubeck, Protestantism, etc, and yet I fully loved and grasped Buddenbrooks. To me, t ...more
Петър Панчев
Зад Желязната завеса през погледа на обикновения човек
Цялото ревю тук:

„Във времена на гаснещата светлина“ („Колибри“, 2015) не се оказа лесното четиво, което очаквах. За трудните години на Прехода в България знам доста повече, отколкото за този в останалите бивши социалистически страни и ми беше крайно любопитно да надникна другаде, през очите на човек, запознат с механизмите, движили политическата обстановка в Източна Германия. Аз лично останах изключит
Jul 28, 2014 Allan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This took me around 100 pages to get into, but when I got used to the names of the various characters and the time shifting between eras, the complex family story became one that I was drawn in by.

The novel, which tells the story of a family from GDR, before and after unification, touches on the politics of the time-patriarch, Wilhelm and his wife Charlotte are initially in exile in Mexico, son Kurt has spent time in a labour camp in Russia, the return to 1st October 1989 throughout the book cha
Jun 10, 2012 Jos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Een mooie Duitslandroman over de familie Umnitzer in de periode van 1952 to na de wende van 1989 tot in 2001. De pater familieas Wilhelm en zijn vrouw Charlotte die als overtuigde communisten terug keren uit ballingschap in Mexico en als pioniers terugkeren in de jonge DDR. Hun zoon Kurt die als professor uitwijkt naar Moskou en ongelukkiger wijze in een Russische goelag terecht komt en na zijn rehabilitatie terug naar de DDR komt met zij Russische vrouw Irina Petrowna. De totaal gedesoriënteerd ...more
I love the structure of this novel. It's a family story told from the different perspective of its members during different years--out of order. A constant is a certain day in 1989 that keeps getting retold, from varied points of view, and each time it's told, you go a little deeper into the day, you find out a little more. I've never seen exactly that before. Of course I've read stories that are told out of order so you know characters' fates before they do and sometimes you get to go back and ...more
Jun 28, 2016 Britt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-uni, german
This is another book I had to read for one of my German literature classes. To be honest, I wasn't that excited about having to read another book set in the GDR after reading several of those throughout the past weeks. I just wanted something different for a change. Luckily, this book is so much more than what I was expecting: It portraits four generations of the same family and their changing relationships to each other and to GDR socialism over time, it touches on many different topics includi ...more
Ahmed Farouk
رواية "عند تلاشي الضوء" هي العمل الروائي الأول لأويغن روغه (من مواليد عام 1954) الذي عمل لفترة طويلة مخرجا مسرحيا، وقد صدرت الرواية عام 2011 وحازت علي جائزة الكتاب الألماني، ووصفها بعض النقاد بأنها "آل بودنبروك" ألمانيا الشرقية. تعرض الرواية لسيرة عائلة شيوعية عاش أفرادها في المنفي المكسيكي والروسي في ظل الحكم النازي ثم التأم شملهم في جمهورية ألمانيا الديمقراطية، لكن يوم الأول من أكتوبر 1989، يوم هروب الابن ألكسندر إلي الغرب، يمثل حدثا محوريا في الرواية، حيث يستعرضه الراوي من منظور كل شخص من شخو ...more
Nov 29, 2013 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Historical fiction at its best, but it is not to be taken lightly. I had to invest some serious time into this book - looking up dates and timelines, researching place names and political figures. I discovered that I know embarrassingly little about East Germany and its history. A lot of it is pretty darn depressing, too, so don't pick up this book expecting a feel-good story about plucky heroes and heroines. Tragedy abounds.
Nov 11, 2012 Pernille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Læser den altså på dansk... hvor den hedder I tider med aftagende lys. Den tegner virkelig godt. Og det holdt hele vejen. Uomgængelig roman om DDR-tiden set gennem et kalejdoskopisk blik af fire generationer, der ganske vist lever i tider med aftagende lys, men også med glimt af skønhed, varme og humor.
Jun 23, 2015 Miri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jakey Gee
Jan 20, 2014 Jakey Gee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Disappointing - and one pretty sloppy translation job.

Oddly enough I actually came to it after reading a piece on Anthea Bell (the book's translator) around the time of the latest Asterix launch (she did the Asterix books and has a glittering reputation for, well, getting it). She mentioned this novel as something else she'd translated recently and I read that it had done extremely well in Germany. So far so promising.

Sadly, it's a bit brown coal. Two things are especially frustrating about it.
Thore Husfeldt
Aug 12, 2012 Thore Husfeldt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Großartig, präzise, atmosphärisch, – mein seit Langem bestes Leseerlebnis.

Die Parallelen zu Mann’s Buddenbrooks, auf die in einer auf dem Klappentext zitierten Zeit-Rezension hingewiesen wird, sind offensichtlich; Ruges Roman könnte mit “Verfall eine Familie” ebenso korrekt untertitelt worden sein. (Sogar gründliche Schilderungen guter Mittagessen gibt’s.) Vier Generationen, gut ein halbes Dutzend Erzählerperspektiven: ein alternder, in in jeder Hinsicht völlig wertloser Vorkriegs-Kommunist, ein
Full Stop

Review by Elias Tezapsidis

Eugen Ruge’s debut novel In Times of Fading Light has generated an enthusiastic response for what many critics perceive as the author’s admirable skill in building a historically fascinating puzzle. The pieces of the puzzle, a series of vignettes chronicling three generations of the Umitzer family over more than fifty years of modern history, document the way the Umitzers’ geopolitical circumstances shape their personal experience
Jul 27, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book because I love historical fiction embedded in family drama. I wanted to read this particular book because I have little knowledge of East Germany, Communism, and the effects of the fall of communism on East Germans. Also, the book received 3 German literature prizes. It’s not an easy book to get through, as Ruge chose the format of telling the story of 4 generations of an East German family in different time dates, through different character’s perspective, and in refle ...more
Mark white
Aug 19, 2013 Mark white rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason this novel of the gray and deeply unsatisfying lives of three generations of an East German family was engaging and kept me reading. That says something, because the lives of these mostly old and unmoored communists are sad and often grim. Several of the main characters are demented — senile.

The good things, and there are many, were the graphic and beautiful descriptions. They were really necessary in the case of the Russian who spoke little German. Though the family lives throug
Uwe Hook
Sep 20, 2015 Uwe Hook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was profoundly moved by the book, if not awed by the quiet way in which the author told his story. It's not a happy story: it's an honest one. Four generations of a family living in East Germany, each generation coming to terms with the German Democratic Republic: idealists who believed in the revolution, their children who live decently in their society, the third generation that wants out, and the youngest who suffer the freedom after the wall comes down. But, this is not a book about politi ...more
May 08, 2015 Ffiamma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: germanica, ebook
storia di famiglia che va avanti e indietro nel tempo, dalla fine della guerra alla caduta della ddr. il racconto è per frammenti, ognuno con una voce diversa e un punto di vista differente: il patriarca, comunista duro e puro, la scettica verso il regime, il contestatore, il figlio che sceglie di non opporsi. non tutto funziona alla perfezione, alcune parti sono fumose e qualche personaggio meno incisivo degli altri. lodevole l'ambientazione in uno dei paesi più oscuri e soffocanti dell'ex bloc ...more
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