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Death and the Devil

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,885 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
In the year 1260, under the supervision of the architect Gerhard Morart, the most ambitious ecclesiastical building in all of Christendom is rising above the merchant city of Cologne: the great cathedral. Far below the soaring spires and flying buttresses, a bitter struggle is underway between the archbishop of Cologne and the ruling merchant families to control the enormo ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by William Morrow (first published 1998)
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Christian, Kelanth, Scala
Romanzo datato 1995 ed opera prima di Frank Schätzing. Libro pessimo. Personaggi abbozzati, storia noiosa. Si salva un poco e dico solo un poco, l'ambientazione. I bei libri storici e soprattutto ambientati nel medioevo sono altri.

La storia è davvero banale e si capisce immediatamente sia il complotto alla base della narrazione che il finale pessimo: un assassinio per il potere (caspita che originalità), dove l’assassino viene smascherato all’inizio, facendo cadere immediatamente l’interesse per
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agata
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weggegeben
Es war einfach zu langweilig. Obwohl Schätzing das mittelalterliche Köln sehr anschaulich, atmosphärisch und kundig schildert, hält das Buch leider nicht was es verspricht. Von Spannung und einer verzwickten Intrige keine Spur. Die Figuren sind leider zu hölzern, die Geschichte auf den ersten Seiten schon absehbar.
Darüber hinaus fühlen sich die Figuren wie moderne Menschen in der Kleidung des Mittelalters an. Das Denken, Fühlen und Selbstverständnis des mittelalterlichen Menschen muss man woande
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Nilo Di Stefano
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un po' lento poi appassiona
Un libro interessante la cui unica pecca è una certa lentezza iniziale, ma la trama è avvincente e dopo un po' il libro parte ed è difficile frenare la voglia di leggere ancora un'altra pagina.
Un tuffo nel medioevo, in una Germania selvaggia, fra poveri e ricchissimi, fra Chiesa e nobiltà. Un thriller medioevale come pochi in circolazione non per niente vincitore del premio Bancarella.
Marta
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Una lectura medio entretenida que me ha ayudado a aprender un poco más de alemán. Sin más...
Alessio Sandalo
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Senza spoilerare (non dico nulla dell'evoluzione del racconto), riporto un brano che ho trovato molto interessante. Il romanzo è ben scritto, merita di essere letto.


“Non si può cancellare quel che è stato.”

“lo so, ma ormai non penso ad altro. Vorrei poter tornare indietro.”

Sentì Jaspar grattarsi la testa.

“No”, disse il medico. “Non è un bel desiderio.”

“Invece sì! Così tutto questo non sarebbe successo!”

“Credete? Con certi desideri gli uomini rinnegano i loro obiettivi, le loro convinzioni, la lo
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Andrea Cefalo
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
“In the year 1260…the most ambitious…building in all of Christendom is rising above the city of Cologne. Far below the soaring spires and flying buttresses, a bitter struggle is underway between the archbishop of Cologne and the ruling merchant families to control the enormous wealth of this prosperous commercial center–a struggle that quickly becomes deadly.”

Death and the Devil begins when the protagonist, street-smart vagabond Jacob the Fox, accidentally witnesses Morart being pushed to his de
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Inga
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hörbuch-Rezension:
Frank Schätzing hat, ähnlich wie bei Der Schwarm, selbst mitgemischt bei dieser Hörspielproduktion. Die Sprecher (Adorf, Engelke, Köster, Matic (letzterer Synchronstimme von Ben Kingsley, passt wunderbar zur Rolle!).,..) sind angenehm und abwechslungsreich. Mir hat auch die musikalische Gestaltung gut gefallen, Flötentöne als Motiv für Jacop, der Fuchs, Dramatischeres für die Gruppe der Verschwörer und den Mörder.
Die Geschichte selbst ist ein mittelalterlicher Krimi zur Zeit de
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Monica
Jan 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally got around to reading “Death and the Devil” after having it on my book shelf for a few years. While the plot was interesting, the writing and dialogue was a bit awkward and really isn’t what I look for in an historical novel. The story takes place in Cologne in 1260 and is all about what happens when one man witnesses the murder of another. This is a fast paced book with the points of view of different characters all melding together to give the reader a clear insight into what is happ ...more
Jennifer
Nov 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
Duller than the dullest ditchwater after it's been run through a Dull-O-Matic. Literally took me a year to read (iRead once prompted me to remove it, on the grounds it had been sitting untouched in my Reading pile so long), and I would have gleefully chucked it at the wall and given up if I hadn't paid for the stupid hardcover. A huge disappointment after the layered treat that was Schatzing's Swarm. I'd like to say that the dashes of history added to the narrative help redeem it, but since the ...more
Niklaus
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sullo sfondo della costruzione del Duomo di Colonia e nello spazio temporale che vede l'emergere impetuoso della borghesia mercantile e lo scontro inevitabile con i privilegi nobiliari ed ecclesiastici, si dipanano le storie di personaggi apparentemente minori che si trovano invischiati in cospirazioni alte e che devono loro malgrado combattere.
Un libro che ha quindi il vantaggio di essere un racconto architettonico, storico e con venature di thriller. Nel suo ambito avevo preferito, per motivi
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Thomas
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
letto anni fa, un bel giallo-thriller storico, ricordo che mi era piaciuto assai
Geral
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nada como lo que estoy acostumbrada a leer pero no estuvo mal. En ciertos momentos me pareció un poco lento pero vuelve a agarrar intensidad. La historia en sí esta muy interesante (¿quién no ama una conspiración?). No descarto entonces la idea de leer un poco más de literatura alemana.
Fede
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non il solito romanzo storico o il thriller leggero, ma una sapiente via di mezzo. Serio, ma di lettura scorrevole, un piacere da leggere.
The Books Blender
Feb 24, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abbandonati
Si inizia con Jacop, un povero disgraziato, detto “la volpe” per i suoi capelli rossi (… Rosso Malpelo?!). Dopo un’amplissima carrellata sulle sue abitudini di nullatenente (fame, freddo, niente riparo, ect.), i suoi controversi rapporti con il mercato e i proprietari delle bancarelle, chiacchiere piene di fuffa con gli amici straccioni, arriviamo al dunque. Jacop ha fame (non so se avete capito). Dopo un colpo per la conquista di un po’ di salsicce ad un banco di carni tragicomicamente fallito ...more
Maddy
Dec 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007-reads
PROTAGONIST: Jacob the Fox, beggar
SETTING: 13th century Cologne
SERIES: Standalone
RATING: 2.75

The Cologne Cathedral is renowned as a monument of Christianity and Gothic architecture. The cathedral is one of the best-known architectural monuments in Germany, and Cologne's most famous landmark. The church's architect was Gerhard Morart, who fell from its roof in 1260. It took over six hundred years for the construction to be completed after his death.

In Death and the Devil, Morart's death is portr
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Alex Telander
Nov 02, 2007 rated it liked it
DEATH AND THE DEVIL BY FRANK SCHATZING: With the runaway success of The Swarm originally in Europe and now in the United States, Death and the Devil, Shatzing’s first novel, has been translated and published. It’s a medieval thriller; a murder mystery set with the back drop of thirteenth century Cologne. This is a completely different genre and story line for Schatzing after the sci-fi/horror of The Swarm, nevertheless he delivers his unique storytelling style in Death and the Devil.

It is the ye
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Jas98
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 e mezzo
Che dire? Ottimo da una parte e deludente dall'altra. Per quanto riguarda lo stile, Schätzing è un genio nel creare la giusta atmosfera e nel creare frasi, giochi di parole che lasciano libera interpretazione al lettore insinuando senza mai rivelare nulla, suscitando la curiosità in chi legge. In alcune parti gli eventi storici prendono troppo piede e in maniera neanche troppo chiara. Il protagonista è un simpatico e giovane ladruncolo di nome Jacop la Volpe che incapperà poi in Richmod
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Stefania
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Due stelle e mezza

Che cosa, o meglio, chi è il diavolo? E' ciò che si sta chiedendo Jacop la Volpe da quando ha scorto una misteriosa figura spintonare un famoso architetto facendolo precipitare nel vuoto.
Le premesse per un'ottima storia c'erano: un inizio esplosivo con la descrizione del feroce e incomprensibile Urquhart unito ad un prologo che mi ha quasi tratta in inganno facendomi pensare per un attimo di avere tra le mani un libro soprannaturale.
Peccato che con il passare dei capitoli si si
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Mereke
Keulen, 13e eeuw. Zwerver Jacop de Vos is bezig appels uit de tuin van de aartsbisschop te stelen als hij ongewild getuige wordt van de moord op de dombouwmeester. Al snel blijkt dat de moordenaar Jacop ook gezien heeft, en iedereen aan wie over het voorval vertelt wordt kort daarop vermoord. Met hulp van de mooie Richmodis en haar oom Jaspar probeert Jacop lang genoeg in leven te blijven om te ondekken wat er achter dit voorval steekt.

Een goede plot, maar dit boek haalt het qua schrijfstijl en
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Laurel
Picked this up on the kindle for 99p thinking: medieval cathedral building? murder and intrigue? what's not to like for a fan of Ken Follett's 'Pillars of the Earth'??
Well, I have to say I was not particularly impressed with 'Death and the Devil', the writing was poor (unsure if it is like this in the German or if he has been let down by a bad translator), the characters were all 2-dimensional and there was nothing especially likeable about any of them, and the plot was boring - by about halfway
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Matteo Pellegrini

Colonia, 1260. Gerhard Morart sa bene che non potrà mai completare la costruzione della "sua" cattedrale prima di morire. Quello che non sa, purtroppo, è che la morte non tarderà ad arrivare: qualcuno infatti gli tende un agguato su un'impalcatura dell'edificio e lo fa precipitare a terra. Un delitto a sangue freddo, che tuttavia ha avuto un singolare testimone: Jacop, un ladruncolo che si trovava su un melo lì accanto, intento a rubare i frutti succosi per placare la sua eterna fame. Anziché da

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Vivienne
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vivienne by: vivienneor@yahoo.com

I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed this. It was one of those library books where I figured I would begin to read and see if I was engaged by the plot.

Well I was. Before I knew it I was a hundred pages in and found the story of the conspiracy and the central death. I don't have much background in medieval German history and I did appreciate the sections of exposition, even though these did somewhat challenge some of the pacing. I also felt in a few places the translation might have been
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Gisela
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
This isn't the kind of book I would normally read, but I inherited it from a friend who was trying to rid herself of some books in preparation for a move, so I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed. There were certainly some aspects of the book that I enjoyed, especially having visited Cologne and its magnificent cathedral on several occasions myself. However, I couldn't help feeling that the story got bogged down in a lot of historical detail that read far too much ...more
David Ramiro
Una buena lectura para documentarse acerca del siglo XIII en la Colonia medieval. Una fiel representación de la lucha de poderes entre la burguesía y la Iglesia. Una Iglesia de nuevo retratada por la incoherencia de sus valores y el eterno deseo de poder y riqueza a costa de infundir el miedo entre los ciudadanos.
La parte narrativa es por otro lado mejorable. El hilo narrativo es muy forzado. Los acontecimientos podrían relatarse en la mitad de páginas y el lector puede averiguar el desenlace mu
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Sandra Guerfi
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to thirteenth century Cologne in Germany where one of the greatest cathedrals ever to be built is under way. In this city lives Jacob the Fox a red haired thief who makes a living by not being noticed, until the night he sees a man pushed off the scaffolding of the cathedral. Was it a man or was it the Angel of Death punishing the victim for the temerity of reaching for the skies. Pride goeth before a fall after all. Now Jacob is on the run from a killer that seems to be supernatural and ...more
buchtrunken
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Normalerweise tue ich mich mit historischen Romanen eher schwer, aber diesen hier habe ich regelrecht verschlungen.
Zum Teil liegt dies sicherlich daran, dass es - wie der Titel des Buches schon erahnen lässt - um Mord geht. Um Mord und um Jacob, der wegen seiner roten Haare auch Fuchs genannt wird, einen jungen Burschen, der den Mord zufällig beobachtet hat und von nun an um sein Leben und das seiner Freunde fürchten muss.
Eine rasante Hetzjadt durch das historische Köln nimmt ihren Lauf.
Sehr spa
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Miss Sophie
I really had to get into the style (and reading in german xD) at first, it took me more than a year to read this. It's ridiculous, seriously.
This book is set in Cologne during the middleages and it follows a pickpocket who witnesses the murder of the master builder of the cathedral. It was very thoroughly researched and a lot of conflicts of the time are adressed such as the crusades or the squabbles between the patricians and the guildes. The beginning was a bit slow but the end definately had
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Alessandro Amadesi
Piaciuto molto di più di 'Limit', forse perché qui i personaggi sono molto più umani e molto meno freddi. La tiratina esplicativo-moralistica il buon Frank te la fa sempre, ma forse proprio perché si tratta dell'opera prima, non esagera. Credo che renda bene il clima di una Colonia medievale anche se con momenti action e serial killer armati di balestra. L'ho gradito e seguito con un certo affetto nei confronti della strana coppia Volpe / Jaspar. Ironico a tratti, il che mi fa sempre molto piace ...more
Ken
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Schätzing I consumed as an audio book. If I remember correctly it was read by the author himself and he did quite a good job. Oftentimes I forgot that it was only one person giving life to the characters. The story was a nice crime novel in a medieval setting, something I've always had a soft spot for.

Like for Der Schwarm the rating here reflects how I remember listening to the audio book ten years ago.
Rhonda
Mar 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
to be honest, i didn't get very far with this one. i loved schatzing's other book, the swarm ( all 1000 pages of it), but i couldn't get into this one at all. there is nothing similar about the two books - one current day and one set in the 1200's . i just felt really bored, and there are too many books on my list to stick with one that bores me. i had high hopes and will continue to look for any new releases that he puts out, but i'm movin' on.
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Schätzing was born in Cologne and studied communication studies; he later ran his own company, an advertising agency named INTEVI, in Cologne. Schätzing became a writer in 1990, and penned several novellas and satires. His first published novel was the historical Tod und Teufel in 1995, and in 2000 his thriller Lautlos.

Schätzing achieved his greatest success in 2004 with the science fiction thrill
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