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Ganz unten: Mit einer Dokumentation der Folgen

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  640 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Dunkle Kontaktlinsen, ein schwarzes Haarteil und gebrochenes Deutsch reichen aus, um das Ausmaß der beruflichen und gesellschaftlichen Diskriminierung zu erfahren, die Millionen sogenannter Ausländer täglich widerfährt. Zwei Jahre lang (von 1983 bis 1985) war Günter Wallraff Ali Levent, ein Türke, der kein Türkisch spricht. In seiner Odyssee durch die Arbeitswelt fängt er ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published 1988 by Kiepenheuer & Witsch (first published 1985)
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Randall
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book recommended to me by a co-worker. It's a non-fiction account of a journalist who goes undercover as an immigrant Turkish worker in Germany in the mid 1980s. The purpose of the novel was to describe the horrible and inhumane conditions many immigrant Turks were forced to work in. I felt some of the situations were a bit over-exaggerated at times by the author (he seemed to set up certain situations to achieve a specific outcome that he could later denounce), but a ...more
Carlos
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leí este libro allá cuando la caída del muro y entonces parecía todavía menos fácil de creer. Lectura más que recomendada para aquellos que piensan emigrar donde los teutones (o a cualquier otro país desarrollado y floreciente), que creen que Alemania es un ejemplo y un envidiable motor crecimiento para toda Europa sin pensar que la moral era una cosa de Kant y no de todos los individuos allí nacidos desde 1804. No que en todas partes no cuezan habas; Al contrario: este libro muestra que bien s ...more
Bernardo Kaiser
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Esse livro foi publicado no brasil com o nome "Cabeça de Turco".

Tem seus momentos e a situação dos turcos descrita em si é bastante triste, mas acho que a reporatagem em si já ficou datada. Em geral também não é muito bem escrito, nem muito bem organizado. Hoje em dia também creio que se fantasiar de turco e aplicar ~black face~ ainda que com boas intenções não seria muito bem visto
Esme
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Günter Wallraff begibt sich im Jahr 1985 in Verkleidung des Türken Ali in das Abseits ausgestoßener Minderheiten. Während dieser Zeit erfährt er, was ein Ausländer in unserer Gesellschaft ertragen muss, aber nicht, wie es ihm gelingt, die Feindseligkeiten und den Hass zu verarbeiten. Er selbst trägt psychische Schäden durch die erfahrene Menschenverachtung davon, trotz des Bewusstseins, dass er diese Rolle jederzeit wieder ablegen kann. Wallraffs Erfahrungsbericht "Ganz unten" löste eine ganze R ...more
Joseph Muniz
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una estridende aventura por las tuberías de la sociedad alemana, sabido es que la mano de hora siempre es la que más puede abaratarse, con el deseo de tener mejor ganancias. En varios apartados del libro se muestra cuan cerca seguimos en los terrenos de la esclavitud, donde no vale el deseo de ayudar al otro sino el poder lograr una mayor y jugosa ganancia. Vale mucho el darle lectura para recordar siempre que existe alguien que hace el trabajo "sucio" e "invisible" que mantiene a cualquier soci ...more
Caro Manrique
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro que aunque publicado en 1985 ya planteaba el tema sobre la xenofobia y la carencia de respeto por los derechos humanos, que seguimos padeciendo en el siglo XXI en el mundo. El autor de origen alemán se transfiguro a un personaje turco (con fines de indagación periodística ) y por dos años vivió y sobrevivió a todas las injusticias que padecen en particular los migrantes turcos en Alemania -son tratados peor que perros- . Como resultado de su audacia enfermó y padece aun los estragos ...more
Marie-Paule
Spectaculaire gesloten participerende observatie van Gunter Walraff.
"Er was niet veel nodig om buiten spel te raken, om tot een uitgestoten minderheid te behoren, om helemaal onderaan te zitten. (...) Mijn aanpassing had als resultaat dat men mij direct en eerlijk liet blijken wat men van mij vond. (...) Ik was inderdaad niet echt een Turk. Maar men moet zich verkleden om de maatschappij te ontmaskeren, men moet misleiden en zich vermommen om achter te waarheid te komen. Ik weet ook nu nog bij l
...more
Michael Bohli
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
"Ganz unten" ist ein Underdog-Bericht aus den 80er-Jahren, damals eine skandalöse Aufdeckung der schrecklichen Arbeitsbedingungen der Ausländer in Deutschland. Günter Wallraff begibt sich mit falschen Namen und Lebensgeschichten in die Abgründe der Arbeitswelt und erfährt an seiner Person harte Ungerechtigkeit, Ausbeutung und Rassismus. Leider fehlt ein Epilog, der die Erlebnisse zusammenfasst und ein Fazit zieht. Trotzdem schockt das Buch - teilweise musste ich mich selber daran erinnern, dass ...more
Lacin
Great read on embedded issues in labor, social injustice and hatred / xenophobia. Chapters of this book show what journalism can hamper social inequalities. I have known the author from his recent project on African immigrant workers facingprejudice and discrimination in Europe, but this book has been mind-opening,although prior to that recent project. I kept asking: such determinism for a journalist; how so? Once I finished the book, I had an answer: his life, his biography. Quite remarkable.
Gustavo Pacheco
Entretenido al principio, aburrido para el final. Cuenta la historia de Günter, quien se hace pasar por Alí (un turco) en tiempos en que los habitantes de Alemania no querían a los extranjeros, ya fueran turcos, judios, etc. La historia transcurre con el hilo conductor de la explotación y discriminación a los extranjeros. El comienzo tiene un buen ritmo, pero pienso que el autor al final dice más de lo mismo. Aunque la última página terminó como hubo que terminar. No es un final de cuento, es la ...more
that cute little red-eyed kitten
It's tricky to rate this book many years after I read it, but I remember I was quite impressed at the time. The first book I read by Wallraff was "The Witnesses" (unsure of the title, as I read it in Norwegian - "die Zeugen" should be the German title, but I'm not sure if the titles match), in which he more or less went to war against the mighty BILD-Zeitung of Germany, Europe's largest newspaper - of disputed quality, to put it nicely. I liked that book better than "Ganz Unten", which I read so ...more
Anton Svedberg
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion investigative journalism rarely get any better than this. This is Günther in his finest hour, still relatively early in his career, still quite unaware of his journalistic prowess (which is a purely positive thing for a man in his occupation). Sometimes his not too poethic style makes the work feel overly prosaic, therefore "only" 4 strong stars... But on the other hand, this is gritty journalism after all, not an epic saga of vast realms and heroes in shining armor. He is well des ...more
Bulent
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Araştırmacı Gazetecilik şahikası bir kitap. Wallraff'ın gizli kimlikle, Alman toplumuna entegre olamayan göçmen işçilerden biri gibi davranarak Alman toplumunun ve kapitalizmin gizlenen yüzlerini sergilediği bir dizi haberin ayrıntılı bir şekilde anlatıldığı kitap ödüle doymamıştı.

Türkiye'de gazetecilik eğitimi veren kurumların ve akademisyenlerin pek çoğunun, haberi bile olmaması ise bir çelişki olarak ortaya çıkıyor.
Xavi
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lo que es realmente escalofriante de este libro es lo poco que deben haber cambiado las cosas en algunos lugares o, si se quiere, lo que deben haber empeorado.
Nada cambia: los que menos tienen, peores trabajos hacen al peor precio posible.
Dicho esto, la radicalización del libro entre malos (alemanes) y buenos (turcos) parece un poco demasiado forzada. Quizá me hubiese gustado encontrar algun personaje menos encasillado.
Jos
Aug 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Voor mezelf een kleine retrospectieve met deze onderzoeksjournalist avant la lettre. Een kleine triptiek, lezen " auf deutsch", der Kolner-link (geen ostalgie maar nostalgie) en een thema dat nog steeds brandend actueel is. Schitterend geschreven vanuit het hart . Smaakt naar meer. Ik hou meer van de Duitse titel, ganz unten dan van het wat sensationelere Nederlandstalige "ik Ali" wat de auteur in zijn sérieux en onderzoeksdaden tekort doet
Patricio
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anagrama
Günter Wallraff se disfraza de turco y pasa por los tratos que recibiría si fuera turco inmigrante en Alemania, lo documenta y hace este libro, pasa por muchas situaciones, el sueldo más bajo, discriminación, McDonald's, experimentos en humanos, humillaciones, etc.

No envejece, es lectura para nuestros días, algunas veces sí me pareció algo exagerado por el autor pero no hay porque quitarle la credibilidad.
Gabrielvc
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book shows some of the awful truth about the exploitation of foreign workers. Even knowing beforehand what it was about, some of the descriptions of the harsh situation in the services industry really shocked me. The author does not hide his feelings for the thugs he caught. But there is really no good side of this story. Worth reading.
Morgiana
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, german, favorites
this was an interesting and intense read how the 'Gastarbeiter' were treated in West Germany in the '80s - it reminded me how the Eastern Europeans (and other nations) are treated in the more luckier societies - maybe with a little veil of civilisation, but the basics are the same.
MauroMC
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this book while working on my university thesis about the muslim immigrants in Europe.
Wallraf using the same strategy of John Howard Griffin in "black like me" makes a portrait of the life of a turkish immigrant in Germany. Raw and provoking.
Eva
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's an excellent book. It shows how harsh europeans are with the innmigrants(or at least were) and how little the companies care about people's health, the enviroment. Anything for money.
Instruch
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: chronologisch
N.B.: In het Nederlands gelezen.
Juliusz
Jan 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting topic, but the style is really hard to handle.
Nesrine Charfeddine
Very daring book, impressed by the journalist's guds and curiosity, very interesting investigative writing.
Peter
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ik (ali) : eerste keer dat ik hoorde van undercover journalistiek, indrukwekkend
Mips
Gelezen in 1986...
Verschenen in het Nederlands onder de titel 'Ik, Ali'

En zo kwam er een definitief einde aan Mips' naïeve kijk op de Westerse economie...
Nicole
Aug 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dutch, culture
Interessant boek.
Altug
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alman gazeteci Günter Wallraff'in Turk isci kiliginda yasadigi deneyimler sinif bilincinizi uyandiracak nitelikte. Tavsiye ederim.
Toño Cartín
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Debería ser lectura obligatoria. ¡No lo ha leído! ¿Qué está esperando?
Jhovana Rivas
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ojalá todo hubieran sido historias inventadas para un libro, sobre todo la de la farmacéutica y la de la central nuclear que me estremecieron hasta la incredulidad.
Gregor Erbach
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wallraff als Türke - genial!
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Günter Wallraff is a German writer and journalist. He came to prominence thanks to his striking journalistic research methods and several major books on lower class working conditions and tabloid journalism. This style of research is based on what the reporter experiences personally after covertly becoming part of the subgroup under investigation. Wallraff would construct a fictional identity so t ...more
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