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Die gordische Schleife

2.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  284 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Georg Polger hat seine Anwaltskanzlei in Karlsruhe mit dem Leben als freier Übersetzer in Südfrankreich vertauscht und schlägt sich mehr schlecht als recht durch. Bis zu dem Tag, als er durch merkwürdige Zufälle Inhaber eines Übersetzungsbüros wird – Spezialgebiet: Konstruktionspläne für Kampfhubschrauber. Polger gerät in einen Strudel von Ereignissen in dem Freund und Fei ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1988 by Diogenes
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Victoria Zlotkowski
After a weak start the book got better with the developing story line. I found the language a little wooden and stilted in the beginning, but this also changed for the better! Overall a captivating book with unforeseeable twists and turns, fine psychological insights and descriptions.
I liked the book. I like Bernhard Schlink's books, all highly recommended!
Jun 04, 2013 Bebe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Expectations of a good read, certainly had that after reading "The Reader" I cannot fathom how this author could write this book, it does not have many redeeming factors save the locale in France, weird characters, weird plans, weird people, is it me or is this just a poorly translated work, could not get my brain around this one.
Johann Guenther
Apr 23, 2011 Johann Guenther rated it it was ok
SCHLINK, Bernhard: „Die gordische Schleife“, Zürich 1988
Eines der früheren Bücher von Schlink. Eine Agentengeschichte. Ein junger deutscher Anwalt, der ausgestiegen ist und im Süden Frankreichs als Übersetzer arbeitet. Er kommt in den Kreis von Spionage, weil er für Kampfhubschrauber Dokumentationen übersetzt. Sein Leben wird rundlegend verändert. Er will das nicht wahrhaben und kämpft dagegen. Seine Geliebte spioniert und kopiert seine Arbeiten. Plötzlich ist sie weg. Auch bekommt er keine Auft
Jun 21, 2014 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. The characters are 2-D and the mystery isn't compelling at all. I stopped reading halfway through because I just didn't care what happened to the protagonist.
William Koon
Under the guise of a thriller, Berhard Schlick proposes some of the themes he has used in his weightier novels: the obsession of love, the bending of boundaries, the internal conflicts we have. He does a great job in portraying his landscapes whether they are Province or San Francisco.
Ironically his main character is a translator and that is what Schlick does too, he translates for us the varieties of experiences which can only be called amour fou.
Anni K. Mars
Jan 30, 2016 Anni K. Mars rated it it was ok
Es war spannend, bis zu einem gewissen Punkt, an dem ich eigentlich nur noch verwirrt war :D Die Figuren konnte ich leider gar nicht leiden, mhm :(
Apr 02, 2014 Lalit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read,bit slow at times but simple story line is kind of refreshing in the ever growing shelves of twisters as thrillers in market.
Jul 26, 2014 Janice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Apr 30, 2011 Steffi rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-york
Eigentlich habe ich den Roman angefangen zu lesen, weil die Geschichte in Südfrankreich beginnt, aber Marseille und die Landschaft werden kaum beschrieben. Dann wechselt die Geschichte nach New York und San Fransisco. Die Suche nach der geliebten Frauen und der Aufklärung des Rätsels in New York ist dann wesentlich interesssanter und wird stärker durhc die Atmosphäre dieser Stadt getragen. Nicht überwältigende, aber solide Spionagegeschichte.
The Gordian Knot was a quick read which didn't leave a lasting impression.
Jekaterina Dmitrijeva
3.5* labs spiegu romāns
Jul 09, 2011 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Promising start, hard to explain without spoiling it, but generally about a translator who gets entangled in a love affair that makes him part of an unknowable conspiracy. I liked most of it, but toward the end I thought it got a little convoluted and I found myself not caring to sort it out. Still, it was entertaining and I do like Schlink.
Jun 19, 2009 SillySuzy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dutch
Het eerste deel gaat nog wel, maar daarna draait het alleen nog maar om complottheorieën, achtervolgingen, gevechtshelikopters, de KGB, de FBI en de CIA en als ik ergens niets om geef dan zijn het wel spionagethrillers. Ik had iets meer in de trant van De Voorlezer verwacht, maar daar lijkt het in het geheel niet op.

Feb 26, 2013 Maryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as part of my exploration into the works of Bernhardt Schlink. I was taken by The Reader, in awe during his short stories in Flights of Love and quite disappointed by his effort here. The story felt thin and somewhat predictable. Oh well, it is reassuring that writers do not always excel.
Tina Siegel
Dec 28, 2011 Tina Siegel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Schlink! This was a nice surprise - lighter, more noirish, less ponderous than his other work (which is terrific but tends to deal with pretty heavy subjects like generational guilt, the effect of the Holocaust on contemporary German society, etc.).

Fantastic book - highly reccommended!
Jul 24, 2013 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, library
meandering tale of struggling translator who becomes embroiled in defense industry espionage, pursues his duplicitous lover to new york and seeks revenge on those who have exploited him and destroyed his life... - not much charater development, but might make a good movie
Nov 19, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A cold war spy thriller. Interesting characters, but kind of weak overall, and the ending really didn't work for me. This was my first Schlink; I admit that he's gotten such good reviews for other works, I expected The Gordian Knot to be a lot better.
Shahzaib Hassan
Nov 22, 2015 Shahzaib Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's quite intriguing if you're an "Espionage Junkie" that is. The novel starts out pretty simple and humble but, almost as if in a fit of rage, gets shot off to oblivion with all the KGB, CIA and the polish secret service's intrusion.
Steve Dennie
Feb 06, 2012 Steve Dennie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-lizard
This is a strange little character-driven spy novel, which starts in Germany but spends most of its pages in New York City. This is the second book I’ve read by this German mystery writer, and I didn’t really care for either of them.
Feb 06, 2010 Jelena rated it did not like it
This book spoiled my impression that Schlink is a fine literature writer. I have just one word to describe it: schund! If you liked The reader, Homecoming, Flights of love or Das Wochenende, never ever read Gordian knots.
Peter Jakobs
Not the best book by Schlink but still an enjoyable story and "mirrows behind the mirrow". I'm missing a bit the typical German that can be found in most of his other books.
Uwe Hook
The Gordian Knot is a compact psychological tale, with well-drawn characters and an ambiguous moral tone. Still, Schlink wrote many books that are way better than this one.
Melissa Kennedy
I really enjoyed 'The Reader' and 'The Weekend' and saw this in the airport bookstore. It was an easy read for a plane trip, but not a very memorable story at all.
Eh. This 'normal guy realizes he's caught up in spy ring' plot is more entertaining/less cheesy in movies. Could just watch North by Northwest and call it good.
Feb 01, 2013 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing memorable. About this one. Characters I disliked and didn't care about, a convoluted plot. More like 2.5 stars.
May 14, 2011 Avrilbrown rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A complete waste of time. Terrible writing, plot, complete lack of a sense of reality. I will never read Schlink again!
Apr 12, 2011 C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I too expected more from the author of The Reader. But it was an amusing tale for bedtime reading
Jan 25, 2011 Ann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not what i expected from the author of the reader...not a great mystery/thriller
Mar 06, 2011 Dara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This books gets two stars only because it was a nice, mildly entertaining vacation book.
Oct 13, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2012
Not too bad for a spy story. Writing / translation was a little cold.
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Bernhard Schlink is a German jurist and writer. He became a judge at the Constitutional Court of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1988 and has been a professor of public law and the philosophy of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany since January 2006.

His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb--a play on the German word for "sel
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