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3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  1,458 ratings  ·  80 reviews
50 Erzählungen aus einem Berliner Alltag, den die üblichen Verdächtigen aus der "Paris Bar" nur vom Hörensagen kennen. Wer hier überleben will, muss wandlungsfähig sein: Die Türken im Imbiss nebenan erweisen sich als Bulgaren, den biederen Beamten vom Arbeitsamt trifft man abends in der Schwulenbar -- und selbst die vietnamesischen Zigarettenhändler sind nicht viel mehr al ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag (first published 2000)
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Sabrina Chapadjiev
If you're in Berlin, and ask around for a good book featuring Berlin, chances are- you'll be recommended Russian Disco. It's not that good. It's a series of short observations from a Russian Jew who came to Berlin after the fall of the wall, and the *hijinks* of the looney characters he meets along the way. Poorly written, with no thread for a true narrative- the best you can get out of this is a vague sense of the disarray of Berlin post-communism. "We came, they gave us identity cards!" "We sq ...more
Ein wirklich belangloses, überflüssiges und recht uninteressantes Buch, dem ich 1.5 Sterne gebe für folgende Qualitäten ; jeweils einen halben Stern:

- man kann es sehr schnell durchlesen
- ich bewundere jeden, der es schafft ein Buch in einer Sprache zu schreiben, die nicht seine Muttersprache ist (auch wenn "Russendisko" nicht gerade besonders schönen Stil aufweist)
- ich habe zwei Mal laut gelacht (in der Anekdote über die türkische Katze)

Das war's - nicht empfehlenswert!
Sep 24, 2007 Franziska rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: trash, berlin-lovers
sau schlecht... unglaublich das so etwas verlegt wurde und immernoch wird...
I had high hopes for this but was sadly disappointed. The stories were neither as funny nor as interesting as some of his other books. Maybe if I'd read it first before reading some of his other books it might have made this a more entertaining read.

It wasn't bad, just didn't quite hit the mark for me.
Allix Davis
A Russian that immigrates to Berlin tells some great stories of the what he experienced in Berlin for the first few years
am liebsten würde ich Minuspunkte vergeben.
Rainer Berak
Nice and easy read if you like the mash of Russians in Berlin and how cultures clash in a relaxed way. Having lived in Poland, i.e. Warsaw I consider it being "in the middle" - knowing that Poles don't necessarily like that view...(forgive me my Polish friends). You do learn about your place if you have a look to the left AND the right - and recognize how much you are influenced (or an influence). So... as this is a book about a Russian and his story in Germany, this is quite a Warsaw book for m ...more
The book is difficult to evaluate, because it's more about Russians (or post-Soviets, if you want), than about Berlin. To the ones who is familiar to both of them, the book has better chances to be liked.

I liked a lot, although there's no a big plot line within the book. Highly recommended to all Russians who want to explore Berlin and to all Germans, who want to understand Russians.
Kaminer takes his inspiration from the grand tradition of Russian short stories by the likes of Chekhov and Babel. Not to be confused with the heart-rending prose of his literary predecessors, Kaminer's Berlin stories are light and amusing. These read like an anecdote someone tells around the kitchen table over a glass of vodka. Brilliant insights into the quirky culture of the German capital.
that cute little red-eyed kitten
I think the last time I was this bored with a book, was in 2005 or so, when I read a book by a Norwegian "author" who had gone to New Orleans a couple of times, hung around the French Quarter and felt edgy, cool and as if he was diving into the hidden underworld of chaos, sin and scariness. "Russendisko" isn't quite as annoying as that book, but only because the author doesn't try to pose as any of those, he's just writing about people he has met - fictional or not, I don't know, and I don't car ...more
K's Bognoter
“Fortællinger om hverdag og vanvid i Berlins gader” lyder undertitlen til russisk-tyske Wladimir Kaminers (f.1967) forrygende gode patchwork af en roman fra 2000, som nu for første gang udgives på dansk i anledning af 25-året for berlinmurens fald.

Undertitlen er en passende og præcis varedeklaration, for det er lige præcis dét, Russerdisco er: Fortællinger om hverdag og vanvid i Berlins gader. Bogen består af ca. 50 korte tekststykker på typisk kun 3-4 sider, hver især et glimt fra livet i Berli
Literarisch keinen müden Heller wert. Diese lose und äußerst kurzweilige Sammlung von Anekdoten eines nach Berlin emigrierten russischen Juden garantiert zwar durchaus den einen oder anderen Lacher, insbesondere wenn man einem vergleichbaren Kulturkreis entstammt, hat jedoch im Endeffekt so viel Tiefe wie eine Pfütze nach einem Regenschauer. Insbesondere fand ich im Nachhinein fragwürdig, wie diese "Geschichten" wohl auf "Ausenstehende" wirken und welchen stigmatisierungs Effekt sie womöglich ha ...more
Felix Purat
An interesting collection of tidbits regarding life for Russians and/or Russian Jews living in Berlin after the demise of the DDR. Perhaps I made the mistake of approaching Russian Disco as a coherent book instead of as a collection of excerpts, but they didn't seem to congeal all that well for me and I found it tough to keep myself motivated to finish reading the excerpts, even though many of them were indeed interesting. A popular book in Berlin and elsewhere in Europe however, people who are ...more
Martin Hedegaard
Jeg havde pænt store forventninger til denne bog, som omhandler den vilde tid i starten af 1990ernes Berlin i årene efter Murens fald. Wladimir Kaminer var en af de mange immigranter, der ankom til Berlin fra Rusland. Han fortæller en lang række historier fra dagligdagens Berlin. Det er desværre ikke særlig interessant.
Det havde måske fungeret fint i den mundtlige fortælleform som en der underholder til fester med anekdoter og sære, muntre historier. Men som bog virker det hele fragmentarisk i
Ben Siems
Jan 09, 2008 Ben Siems rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone loves a well-told story and witty writing
Rather than writing about this book, I'm kind of tempted to sit down and read it again. Kaminer's very quirky, nonlinear quasi-memoir of his life as a Russian expatriate in Berlin consists of about fifty 2-6 page vignettes that range from the poignant to the hilariously ridiculous. You are guaranteed to laugh out loud more than once along the thoroughly entertaining journey.

Kaminer is a brilliant observer of the day to day struggles of life who genuinely admires humanity for just getting up and
Mar 25, 2008 Leslie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: verwirrte Ausländer in Berlin
I have to agree with Irina's review of this book. Kaminer's no timeless, earthshaking writer but you have to admit, he tells a good anecdote - the kind where, while reading them, you might shake your head a bit at the silliness, but that you then find yourself retelling on more than one occasion, with as much conviction as if they had actually happened to someone you know.

The book is a collection of Kaminer newspaper columns about living the foreigner's life in Berlin - he came to Berlin in 199
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Nachdem meine Mutter jahrelang von diesem Buch geschwärmt hat, dachte ich, ich könnte es mir ja auch endlich einmal zu Gemüte führen. Vielleicht liegt es daran, dass ich zu jung und erst nach der Wende geboren bin, aber mich hat das Buch ein wenig enttäuscht. Frei nach dem Motto "So isses halt." schreibt Kaminer über seine Erlebnisse nach der Einwanderung und das immer ein bisschen illegale, immer ein bisschen obskure Leben seiner Freunde und sich selbst. Spaß beim Lesen der Vig
Als (Fast-)Berliner kommt an diesem Buch gar nicht vorbei, auch wenn ich schon lang nicht mehr in der Heimat wohnte als ich es las.
Kaminer gelang mit diesem Erzählband der Durchbruch in der deutschen Literatenszene und legte viele Bücher nach. Meines Erachtens kam er aber mit keinem an diesen heran. Nicht so sehr, dass sein Stil oder sein Humor verloren gingen, sondern waren es eher die Themen, die in den anderen Büchern belangloser und für mich uninteressanter wurden.
Klaas Roggeman
Just before I read Robert Walser's Berlin Stories. This read like a modern counterpart. Instead of a Swiss writer visiting in the first part of the twentieth century, these are the amusing stories of a Russian immigrant almost a century later. Both are mustreads for visitors of Berlin!
Ungewöhnliche Geschichten die Wladimir da erlebt hat. Die meisten betreffen nicht mal ihn direkt und das ganze Buch war komplett unnötig. Den Anfang habe ich nicht mal kapiert und es gab vielleicht zwei Geschichten die ich gut fand. 200 Seiten mit nichts.
Gibt es nicht auch einen Film davon? Ich habe keine Ahnung wovon der handeln soll!
Red Haircrow
Take it for what it is: an ancedotal view from an immigrant in Berlin. If you expect a grand, heavy-handed and pedantically detailed reference book you won't get it. This is quirky conglomeration of a certain person's perspectives which did rather catch the mercurial qualities of Berlin and the mixed of nationalities, lifestyles and adaptations people have made whether they are indigenous or foreigners.

I've read this in Russian, German and English. The English version does lose a bit of twistin
Vanessa Wu
Do you find yourself checking your email ten times a day and all you get is junk mail? What are you hoping for? A love letter? News from a friend? Confirmation that someone has bought your ebook?

When I find myself checking my mail too often and nothing arrives, I pick up this book and randomly make a selection. I don't know what they are. Stories? Episodes? Anecdotes?

To me they are like entertaining letters from an old Russian friend in Berlin. If you get letters anywhere near as good as these i
very entertaining and well written - perfect for readers with a short attention span because it's essentially a cluster of short stories strung together.
Una grande delusione dopo il bellissimo Militärmusik: questo libro è molto meno divertente e non di facile lettura, spesso ripetitivo, visto che sembra essere un'antologia di pezzi e articoli di Kaminer sulla vita degli immigrati russi nella Germania da poco riunita, non, come il precedente, una storia lineare.

A real disappointment after the very good Militärmusik: this book is far less funny and not easy to read, it often repeats itself, since it seems to be an anthology of various Kaminer's ar
Sandy Williamson
Humorous collection of stories based on the real life adventures of a Russian Jewish immigrant to Berlin.
Tarek Amr
A good read to kill time while on an aeroplane, but once you arrive, you put it aside out of boredom.
Gemma Davis
In Berlin I went into a beautiful bookshop in the fashionable Mitte area and asked the owner if he could recommend any novels by German authors. Kaminer is in fact Russian but he moved to Berlin in 1990 and is now deemed to be one of their most successful novelists. This book is made up of short stories and anecdotes about his experience in Berlin and Russia and is quite funny. You do get the feeling that something was lost in the translation but it was enjoyable nonetheless, and it was wonderfu ...more
The back cover made me think this was going to be more absurd than it was. The Russian dry wit is alive and well in this collection, stories of real people and situations the author encountered in the 1990s in Berlin, Germany. It's interesting to look at an immigrant's take on other immigrants, and (I'm wondering how many times I can use the word immigrant in this review!). I liked reading the perspective of immigration in countries other than my own -- a book written in Germany, presumably in R ...more
I think I liked this better when I read excerpts of it senior year of college. I don't know if it's just been too long since I read anything in German (about 9 months) or if this collection just wasn't as humorous as the last Kaminer book I read, but I just didn't find it as enjoyable in the end. Also, it's really apparent that he wrote each short story for something other than a book, since he tends to repeat himself. But that's okay. It's not supposed to be a novel, and it means it's easy to p ...more
Jan 11, 2008 Thenicole rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: looking for the short & sweet
It started out at pop literature, but the finish was a little more charming than expected. Episodes from Kaminer's move to East Berlin highlight the diaspora around the fall of the wall, and through short chapters, you hope to get to know the neighbors: small, personal tales of Mafiya, early stabs at capitalism, and good times in the squatter-underground culture.
In the way that all strangers are at home with each other on foreign soil, Kaminer's style drifts pointedly toward the Russian shrug--
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