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Russendisko

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  2,153 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Wladimir Kaminer erzählt vom ganz normalen Blues und Alltag vor seiner Haustür. Die kleinsten Geschichten sind dabei die größten und so richtig ernst wird es noch nicht einmal dann, wenn der Autor seinem herrlich urrussischen, fatalistischen Schwermut freien Lauf lässt.

Berlin ist im Aufbruch, sagt man. Wenn man Kaminer liest, erahnt man, was damit wohl eigentlich gemeint s
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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
Kats
Aug 13, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Franziska
Sep 23, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: trash, berlin-lovers
sau schlecht... unglaublich das so etwas verlegt wurde und immernoch wird...
Saskia
Jan 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
am liebsten würde ich Minuspunkte vergeben.
Marisa Fernandes
Jan 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Este é o segundo livro que leio de Wladimir Kaminer e termino com a mesma conclusão (apesar de ter mais dois livros dele para ler e tencionar lê-los; desistir é sempre a última opção nestas situações): não sou fã.

Kaminer pode ser um autor com um humor incrivel, muito divertido e tal, mas não me convence. Gosto de sentir alguma unidade quando leio um livro e não consigo sentir isso nos seus livros. Aliás, ainda consegui gostar menos deste livro do que do outro primeiro sobre os sírios na Alemanh
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Muphyn
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.
Leo
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mandy
Das Buch war eine echte Überraschung für mich. Ich musste es im Rahmen des Studiums lesen und hätte es sonst wahrscheinlich nie in Betracht gezogen. Ich fand es sehr unterhaltsam, vor allem der Schreibstil hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Nach ca. 100 Seiten hab ich eine längere Pause gemacht, weil ich das Gefühl hatte, die Geschichten wiederholen sich nur noch. Ich fand es dann aber doch bis zum Schluss sehr lesenswert.
Marcio Ribeiro
2,5/5

Os textos de Kamine em "Balada Russa", apresentados como contos, assemelham-se mais a crônicas sobre a vida de imigrantes russos vivendo em Berlim. E tendo já vivido fora do país como estudante e trabalhador, e convivido com imigrantes do antigo bloco soviético, foi fácil identificar o jeito de ser, estar e viver dos personagens (reais, aparentemente) que passavam pelas crônicas.

No entanto, e talvez, esse tenha sido a razão pela qual não gostei muito do livro, apesar de os textos serem curt
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Rainer Berak
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Margaret
Jun 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Allix Davis
Sep 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Russian that immigrates to Berlin tells some great stories of the what he experienced in Berlin for the first few years
Analena
Das Buch besteht aus vielen netten Anekdoten aus dem Leben aus Berlin, das ist ganz nett und auch rasch zu lesen, aber es ist eben nicht eine ganze Geschichte. Durch den gleichnamigen Film habe ich mir ein bisschen etwas anderes davon erwartet. Ich habe mich ein bisschen an die Känguru Chroniken erinnert gefühlt, da viele Geschichten zwischen Realität und Fiktion hin und her schwanken und ich des öfteren nicht sagen konnte, wo die Grenze war. Ein witziges Buch für zwischendurch.
Nina (nina.macht.sachen)
Definitiv nicht mein liebster "Kaminer". Russendisko ist eines seiner ersten Werke, die scheinbar noch nicht ganz so humoristisch wie spätere Veröffentlichungen wurden.

Zur Thematik "Berlin" empfehle ich eher das ca. 7 Jahre später erschienene "Ich bin kein Berliner"
Worteldrie
Had ik wellicht in het duits moeten lezen. Was een krijgertje. Kon nu niet in de russische humor over het leven in Berlijn komen. Gezien de russen die ik de laatste tijd gelezen heb (Babel, Paustovski) is het leven in Rusland echt veel absurder dan in Berlijn.
Sascha
Aug 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Belanglose Kurzgeschichten, die krampfhaft versuchen lustig zu sein, es aber nicht schaffen. Kurze Episoden ohne Substanz oder Pointe, dazu aber voller Vorurteile und Stereotypen gegebüber Menschen jeglicher Herkunft.
Arved
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Horizonterweiternd
Anna
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book in German, so I liked it - more for the language itself, than for the style or the content.
Liedzeit
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Ganz nett, also mit anderen Worten: sehr schwach.
Oleg
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Долматовщина. Забавные наблюдения, ситуации, доведенные до гротеска. Прием, правда, только один, и после сотой страницы он начинает утомлять. Автор большой молодец, что вовремя завершил книгу.
Vanita
Es handelt sich hier um eine Sammlung von Anekdoten. Besonders unterhaltsam fand ich sie leider nicht, sondern eher platt.
Leonie
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amüsante und kurzweilige Geschichten. Teilweise ist die Thematik 18 Jahre nach der Erstveröffentlichung immer noch erschreckend aktuell, besonders im Hinblick auf die deutsche Asylpolitik...
Lisams92
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Teilweise unterhaltsam, jedoch keine zusammenhängende Handlung. War ok, aber ich würde es nicht weiterempfehlen.
Maria Leonor  Vera
Very nice for chilling. Funny and familiar for people living in Berlin
Marthebooks
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best thing I`ve read, but it`s funny... ...more
Gaëlle
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Den Format von kleinen Teilen finde ich toll und leicht zu lesen, besser als eine lange Geschichte. Einziges Problem ist, dass man vergisst, wer ist wer.
jm
Every story feels like the synopsis to a longer, more interesting story. Way to suck the life out of what must have been fascinating times.
Dan
Mar 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
no insights, repetitive, not funny...I do not know why it was ever published.
Ben Siems
Dec 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Leslie
Jul 03, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Russian-born German short story writer, columnist, and disc jockey of Jewish origin. Kaminer emigrated to Germany in 1990.
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