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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  1,431 ratings  ·  263 reviews
Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei. Eine gute Geschäftsidee ist gefragt. Frauke, Tamara, Kris und Wolf, vier junge Berliner, stört, dass sich niemand mehr für nichts verantwortlich fühlt. Sie setzen auf die heilsame Kraft eines einfachen »Sorry« und gründen eine »Agentur für Entschuldigungen«. Erstaunt stellen sie fest, dass die Resonanz überwältigend ist. Bis Kris eines Tages a ...more
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published 2009 by Ullstein
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sorry, no.

but the people that froth over The Girl With the Dragon Tattoowill likely find something to appreciate here. this has all the same over-the-top violence and sexual abuse coupled with characters i can't seem to give a damn for with many branching storylines that eventually converge in a way that seems overplotted.

so, very reminiscent of that book, to which i gave three stars, but which the more i think about, the less i actually feel it deserves. violence doesn't bother me - i am one of
Lance Greenfield
Have you ever felt sympathy for a murderer?

What? Never?

Do you really believe that it would be impossible for you generate such feelings?

Well, read Sorry and you may change your mind!

Don't get me wrong. This story is dark, and sinister, and horrific. But it certainly challenged my own vIews and values.

Initially, the narration is confusing. The chapters flip between the main characters of the book. The narration also flips from first person singular to third person singular and back again, and th
Kris felt he was treated unfairly by his employer and then later wrongfully dismissed from his job, but instead of seeking revenge he comes up with a plan to form an agency called ‘Sorry’ along with his friend Frauke, Tamara and brother Wolf. The agency is hired out, and is spokes person on behalf of companies who wish to apologise to their employees whom have felt wrongfully done by. They bought a house in an isolated county side and their venture was thriving. Until one day Wolf set out on his ...more
First of all: I doubt Drvenkar is for everybody. His writing (narrative) style is probably something you either love or hate. I for once love it. Either way, what we can agree on: It's something very different.

So here are the things you might want to know about Sorry (don't say I didn't warn you). It has multiple narrators. And different point of views. There's all of it: First person POV, second person POV (Drvenkar does that brilliantly, his other most brilliant Thriller Du is written complete
Rich Stoehr
There's a saying that applies here: "Nothing good ever comes for free." Zoran Drvenkar's thriller novel Sorry is a nearly ideal illustration of this idea.

It's a deceptively simple yet compelling idea...the sort of thing that sounds brilliant when you're drunk and hanging out with your friends. And that's exactly what happens at the outset of Sorry. Old friends Kris, Frauke, Wolf, and Tamara each seem lost on their own, but one night they have an idea. Just a spark, but it catches and within a f
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Sorrry, sorry, sorry, sorry...

Esta novela me ha tenido e vilo desde la primera a la última página. No he podido dejar de leerlo hasta que lo he terminado. Un thriller psicológico de alta calidad, una novela apasionante e inteligentemente escrita.

Magistralmente escrita y formalmente muy bien estructurada sabe dar al lector lo que necesita en cada momento.

Después de haber leído "Tú" (del mismo autor) me doy cuenta que es un maestro de la morfología y la sictácsis. Juega con el cambio de personas c
Mi Camino Blanco
Hacía tiempo que no leía un libro que me dejaba tan mal sabor de boca.

Por una parte la lectura se me ha hecho muy farragosa. No tengo nada en contra de las técnicas innovadoras en cuestión de narración, pero al igual que en la elección de nombres por parte de algunos padres "modernos", en las que por tratar de ser originales y épatar al vecino, se pasan de vuelta y acaban con elecciones desafortunadas que van a sufrir toda la vida sus retoños, en algunos casos, da la sensación de que algunos au
2.0 out of 5 stars SORRY - this was not for me.

This suspense thriller about four disaffected friends whose unique business venture goes dreadfully wrong was not for me. I would call it a complicated mess. As a device, the author used shifting points of view throughout the narrative as well as all different voices (first, second and third person) alternatively so that the reader was often confused. Not only that, but there were also backward and forward movements in time so that any sense of an u
My first thought when closing the final pages of this book was "WOW!” I haven't read a thriller recently that packs quite as much of a punch as this one. It tells the story of a group of four friends who decide to go into business together with a new, original idea. They set up an agency to say 'sorry' on behalf of their clients - the idea is that big businesses don't want the embarrassment of having to admit in person that they're wrong, so our protagonists do it for them, for a fee. All is goi ...more
Si pudiera puntuar con decimales, en mi opinión este libro probablemente sería merecedor de un 2,50 o un 2,75; pero si he podido vivir con el hecho de haberle dado 3/5 a "Los hombres que no amaban a las mujeres" a pesar de lo mucho que me aburrió la primera mitad, no voy a empezar a darle importancia a eso ahora.

Si bien el libro me resultó entretenido y no puedo decir que en algún momento me haya costado avanzar con la lectura, mi problema con esta historia es que es digna de cualquier película
Teagan C.
For the first quarter of the book I was a bit confused, and for the first third I found the writing style to be really pretentious but that petered out with the more that I read. As the story unravelled it became a bit more easy to read. The book had a good concept to begin with but many of the things the characters did I found questionable enough even with the characters personalities to bring me out of the story. The writing style and ideas within the novel were interesting enough that I may g ...more
People are incredibly bad at apologizing. We don't know what to say or do to help our "victim" feel better. Kris Marrer is irritated by this and, after being laid off from his job (with his boss incapable of apologizing "correctly"), Kris decides to start a company devoted to apologizing. He draws his brother, Wolf, and two friends Frauke and Tamara in and before long they are nearly swamped with work.

Their advertisement reads


Javier de la Peña Ontanaya
Un interesante thriller, con todos los elementos del cine de suspense y tramas enrevesadas. Quizá por eso no sea muy amigo de la novela negra, más concretamente la contemporánea, que parece cortada por el mismo patrón. Y si afinamos más, la novela negra de Europa central y del norte. En muchos aspectos me ha recordado a la saga Millennium (como paradigma de la novela negra nórdica), con tipos sádicos, paisajes urbanos burgueses, protagonistas de clase media-alta y una sociedad ejemplar que escon ...more
Esta noche terminé de leer "Sorry" de Zoran Drvenkar.
Por ahora, necesito darme un respiro. Ver que la vida sigue igual.
Necesito saber que todo eso fué irreal.
Sólo diré que 5 estrellas es poco, poco para semejante trabajo.
Prometo que haré un review.
Nama NayaShinigamiKyo
OH GOD ! oh God please ! But sorry SORRY, NO !! why am i even apologizing !!
I have never read such an irritating and disturbing book that it is NOT as dark as it seems !
Why this even should be categorized as a thriller? This was just a horrible book to read and the fact that I spent almost a month reading it deeply hurts because of how much I was too drowsy to flip the pages right to the end; it was like i am forcing myself to end this whole inconvenient boring story line with poor story-tellin
Wendy Hines
Four friends are having a rough time of it. Frauke's mom has been committed to an asylum and since her father can't sleep alone, he relies on Frauke to retain his sanity. Wolf is heartbroken and filled with grief; the woman he loved overdosed and died. Kris is a journalist but was fired and Tamara lives with the guilt of giving custody of her daughter Jenna to her ex-lover, and the fact that she is a terrible mother in her own mind.

One evening when they are hanging out, they come up with the ide
Unapologetically thrilling
Who is “you” and who is “I?”

Figuring that out is part of the entertainment in this gripping and slippery, grisly thriller that keeps convoluting reality with its use of language and shifting points of view.

But stick with it and try to keep up as time and narrator change. It’ll be worth it. “Sorry” is that kind of a novel that will stay buried in your head for a long time to come.

A literary trickster, Drvenkar is best at manipulation. He’s a master of control and sometim
Kathy Davie
Drvenkar claims this is a thriller; in my book, this was more of a horror story!

My Take
This was godawful horrible. I'll give Sorry a "5" for the concept behind it and for the mechanics of the writing which was very good as well as the high level of horror, but Drvenkar kept it all so vague that I was never sure what was happening---a "2" in my book which averages out to a "3.5".

I suspect the vagueness is necessary for part of the story---the part that holds back the identity of the murderer. But
Sorry by Zoran Drvenkar is one of the more boring books I’ve read in a long time, even more boring than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I use the term “read” loosely because I didn’t actually make it through either one of them. Every time I picked up Sorry to read it, I fell asleep pretty much in the first paragraph so I finally gave it up after 100 pages. In Sorry, a group of friends who have fallen on hard times start a business in which they deliver apologies and settlement offers to people ...more
Four young friends come up with an idea - make apologies for a living. Their business takes off and they are living the good life until a killer client comes along. This isn't your average thriller as the reader is introduced to "you." "You" have nailed a woman to the wall and "you" want to employ these friends to apologize for her death. Great.

I found this novel to be highly original and although I did not love all of it; I was compelled to read on. The jumbled time line, the switching between
Angel Perez
Sep 22, 2013 Angel Perez rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
A mind-bending experience. One of the best books I've ever read.

I decided to read this book during my summer holidays. I saw the spanish cover of this book and it really got me, so I decided to take a look at it and after a few pages, I was totally hooked!

It has a fast pace, it's really catchy, Drvenkar's always changing the perspective of the book to keep your attention, and it's an extremely solid plot. A really well-written book.

There are some things to point like:

- The author tends to get pr
¡Qué difícil es pedir perdón!

Sabiendo esto, un grupo de amigos decide crear una empresa que se dedique a eso, a pedir perdón cuando el otro, por la razón que sea, es incapaz de pedirlo. El problema surge cuando reciben el encargo de perdirle perdón a un cadáver torturado.

“El perdón no conoce límites.” Ese es el lema de su empresa y ellos experimentarán en carne propia si es cierto o no.

Con una narrativa intensa, Zoran Drvenkar nos sumerge en una historia angustiosa, incluso más allá del final. E
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Gar nicht schlecht. Ich wusste nicht, was mich erwartet, wurde aber ziemlich gefesselt, da der Autor es versteht, die Spannung hochzuhalten, indem er immer wieder Andeutungen über die Identität der verschiedenen Charaktere macht, das Ganze aber erst am Ende des Buches auflöst. Tatsächlich werden hier die Grenzen zwischen Gut und Böse verwischt, bzw. das Böse relativiert. Dazu trägt auch der ständige Wechsel der Erzählperspektive bei, teilweise wird in der ersten und der zweiten Person erzählt, w ...more
Increiblemente bueno. Roza la perfección... 9,5
Esa narración en 2ª persona hace que te metas en la novela y seas el protagonista principal. Chapò!
Johan Wilbur
Desde que me ha dado por buscar títulos en distintos blogs y webs he encontrado alguna que otra joya para ir acumulando lecturas. Una de ellas es este Thriller del autor checo Zoran Drvenkar. Tampoco es que sea muy del género, en principio porque todas las novelas de misterio me parecen bastante idénticas, sin embargo este título es… otra cosa.

Para empezar el planteamiento: “Cuatro amigos deciden crear una empresa que se dedica a pedir perdón a quien el cliente les pida, ya sea a familiares, em
Jay McNair
Gripping story, fun narrative structure jumping between first and second and third person and inviting the reader to be the killer. "Before we talk about you, I'd like to introduce you to the people you will soon be meeting." That said, this isn't a fun book. It's an unsettling thriller.

I don't think I enjoyed it; though the writing was good, and the pace was good, and the plight of the characters was palpable, I felt kind of sick reading it because of the violence and torment. But I'm giving it
I haven't checked any of the other Goodreads reviews of Sorry yet, but I would guess that one will find the words dark and disturbing in a substantial number of the reviews. Sorry is a mystery permeated by horrific violence from the very first pages to the very last.

I found myself physically cringing numerous times throughout the novel at the graphic depictions of physical abuse, murder, and rape as well as at grotesque scenes involving dead bodies. If you have a queasy stomach, you may want to
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Zoran Drvenkar was born in Križevci in Croatia in 1967 and moved to Berlin with his parents at the age of three. He has been a writer since 1989, and his novels, poems, plays and short stories have won him numerous awards and prizes. Zoran Drvenkar currently still lives in Berlin.
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“In the darkness of your thoughts I would like to be a light.” 4 likes
“In the winter you could see them sitting on the benches by the war memorial. The cold couldn't touch them in those days. They drank mulled wine from thermos flasks and smoked their cigarettes hastily, as if they might warm them up. Tamara doesn't know when the cold took hold of them. They feel it much more quickly now, the whine more, and if anyone asks them why, they reply that the world is getting colder and colder. They could also answer that they'd got older, but that would be too honest, you don't say that until you're forty and you can look back. In your late twenties you go through your very private climate disaster and hope for better times.” 2 likes
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