by Uwe Timm
Morenga engages the mind on many levels - historical, political, philosophical, human. Set in German West South Africa in the first decade of the twentieth century, the novel recounts the conflict between the colonial German empire and the rebellious Africans of the Hottentot and Herero tribes led by the legendary Morenga. A daring and brilliant military tactician referred...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Dtv
(first published 1978)
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Morenga ist der kühne Held, der das Unmögliche versucht. Er kämpft gegen die Kolonialisierung für sein Land. Uwe Timm erzählt den Aufstand der Herero in Deutsch-Südwestafrika. Ein historischer Roman, der mehr kann und will, als Vergangenes romantisch zu verklären, wie es das Genre leider oft macht. Timm reichert die Handlung um den jungen Veterinär Gottschalk mit originalen Dokumenten der Kaiserzeit an und schafft somit eine meisterhafte Verknüpfung von Fiktion und Authentizität, die mich in den...more
A great discovery that I made only because I know the translator. It is part historical novel, part documentary, part memoir, and yet very literary. A book that is at once straightforward and historical, and bounces around so quickly in time that it keeps you on your toes. More than anything, it is a humanistic novel, which focuses (in spirit, not in number of words) on the humanity, or the perceived humanity, of Southwest African natives, and what that humanity, or lack of it, means to imperial...more
Uwe Timm is one of those writers I am always trying to get other people to read. This book was awesome. Morenga was the leader of a rebel group of natives who fought the German occupation in southwest Africa. The story is primarily about how a veterinarian for the German army deals with his role in the occupation but there are tons of digressions with lots of juicy magical realism.
I didn't love all parts of this book about the German colonial war in South Africa; it was very confusing at times and few of the characters were engaging. But, some parts were great, and I find that the book has stuck with me. So, I won't really recommend it, but I'm not unhappy I read it.