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Lagerfeuer

3.12  ·  Rating details ·  103 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
4 Menschen berichten aus der Ich-Perspektive von ihrem Leben in und um ein Auffanglager in Westdeutschland: Die Hoffnung auf eine bessere Zukunft verflüchtigt sich aber im Lageralltag.
Paperback, 330 pages
Published 2005 by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (first published 2003)
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Marina Sofia
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll be writing a longer book review on my blog, but I found this a painfully truthful sounding account, although not all the characters were equally beguiling to follow.
David
I found this book gloomy from the start, which was perhaps to be expected given the subject matter. It is about a female scientist, in her twenties so still with most of her life ahead of her, who gets out of East Germany with her two young children, only to be met with treatment in the West that is almost as dehumanising as what she left behind. Different chapters are told from the perspective of different characters. I found I was more interested in the chapters about the main character than s ...more
Mandy
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the late 1970s, we follow young mother Nelly Senff as she finally manages to get permission to leave East Germany to start a new life in West Berlin with her two young children. During the Cold War refugees from the GDR were often held in the Marienfelde transit camp, where they received food and housing while being subjected to interviews from the intelligence services. So once through the East German exit formalities, Nelly has to face the West German entry formalities and she soon disc ...more
Ilyhana Kennedy
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't say I liked this book but it deserves four stars.
It is a stark tale, its language having a terrible sterility of feeling. So much suppression, the paranoia of distrust, the strictures of survival in circumstances of loss of freedom, such secretiveness.
It's a story that has relevance today with refugees moving across borders, across oceans, to escape persecution, living in camps within the strictures of lost freedom.
The author's trump card is the secretiveness within the narrative. She c
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Natalie
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
3,5
Teška tema, sumorno okruženje... Prebjeg iz istočng bloka 1978. u "bolji život" prema Zapadu. Priča počinje dramatično, na graničnom prijelazu majka u automobilu sa dvoje djece... prije prelaska proživljava traumatična ispitivanja; psihički i fizički...da bi došla u prihvatni centar gdje je svatko svakom sumnjiv i špijun...
Ana
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Ovaj snažan roman, smješten u Njemačkoj 1978. godine, priča je o onima koji su napustili istočni blok u želji za boljim životom na Zapadu.

Roman započinje intenzivno, u trenutku kad se Nelly Senff i njeno dvoje djece nalaze na samom prijelazu između Istočne i Zapadne Njemačke. Njezin nevjenčani suprug oduzeo si je život (tako su joj barem rekli jer tijelo nije vidjela) te je ništa ne veže uz Istočnu Njemačku.

Dolaskom u Zapadnu Njemačku smještena je u prihvatni centar Marienfelde. U centru susreće
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Rita
2003 [orig. title 'Lagerfeuer', transl. Anthea Bell]

Bleak indeed. Not a pleasant read. I could not form conclusions about any of the characters in the book, except Nelly's two children who seemed normal. I mean it seemed impossible to know what was accurate information about any of them, and who was a spy and who wasn't, and whether anyone's intentions were good or bad. Those arriving/living in the dismal apartment buildings are in a tough situation if they have no friends or relatives in Berlin
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Jos
May 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Verhaal over de uitreis van een DDR-burger naar het westen. Verschillende personages komen aan het woord. De vertrekker, de visumambtenaar aan de oostzijde, de politieman aan de westzijde, de geheimagent van de CIA, ander vertrekkers of "umsiedler". Speelt zich af einde jaren 70-tig, kortom de hoogdagen van de koude oorlog. Het verhaal geeft een omschrijving van de procedures en ondervragingen die ze moet doorlopen alvorens de grens over te steken en een plaats te krijgen in het noodkamp. De bes ...more
Stan
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
The subject matter interested me, and the conception of the book was clever. However, in execution, I felt it dragged somewhat. While it is ostensibly narrated by four characters, two of them just disappear with no real resolution.
The writing itself is generally clear and interesting, but perhaps the unremimttingly, relentlessly depressing plot also made it a bit tedious at times. Because nothing really gets resolved for any of the characters, it seems like the author's "point" is something bey
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Heidy
Gestern habe ich mit dem Buch angefangen und habe mich auch wieder besser an den tollen Film ("Westen") erinnert und habe sogar richtig Lust, den Film nochmal zu sehen, aber das Buch… Das Buch ist irgendwie nicht nach meinem Geschmack, das ist „richtige Literatur“ und ich mag keine "Literatur", lol. Ich lese gern Bücher, wo was passiert, nicht lange Beschreibungen, wo das, was passiert, „Nebensache“ ist, wo alles „durch die Blume“ gesagt wird, und insofern muss ich sagen, dass ich nach 40 Seiten ...more
Sofie
Aug 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Mooi geschreven, af en toe gaat de verhaallijn niet zo snel en voelt het wat langdradig. Geeft ontzettend goed de ruwe randjes van het leven weer. Makkelijk om je met (een van) de personages te identificeren.
Penny
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Depressing
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