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Magic Hoffmann

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  130 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Fred, Nickel und Annette träumen einen Traum, und der trägt den Namen Kanada. Dort könnte man leben, wie man will, fischen und fotografieren, weit weg vom Muff der Provinz. Doch von Dieburg nach Vancouver kommt man nicht ohne Umweg. Für Fred führt dieser über den Knast in das Berlin nach dem Mauerfall, wo er Nickel, Annette und sein Geld abholen will. So wars besprochen do ...more
Taschenbuch, 280 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Diogenes Verlag (first published 1996)
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Johnny
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A word of warning: this is neither an urban thriller nor a mystery as the reviews on the dust jacket would suggest (I don't know what book they read). While German author, Arjouni, might write crime novels, in my opinion, that would be a broad description of this novel.

While a bank robbery happens, it happens before the events of the story. Most of this book is about waiting. And Berlin. About waiting in Berlin.

Admittedly, this story does not have my favorite structure: Outsider comes to new env
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Houdini
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Τρεις φίλοι,η Ανέτε,ο Φρεντ και ο Νίκελ ,ληστεύουν μια τράπεζα.Από τους τρεις μόνο ο Φρεντ συλλαμβάνεται και για τέσσερα χρόνια βρίσκεται στην φυλακή.δεν προδίδει τους φίλους του αντιθέτως περιμένει πως και πως την αποφυλάκιση του αφού έχει στο μυαλό του την υπόσχεση (αρχικό σχέδιο) που είχαν δώσει πριν την ληστεία,πως με τα λάφυρα θα μετανάστευαν στον Καναδά για να ξεκινήσουν μια νέα-καλύτερη ζωή.

Έτσι παρακολουθούμε τον νεαρό Φρεντ Χόφμαν από την μέρα της αποφυλάκισης του εως και την τραγική κα
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Merel
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Verplicht Duits boek voor school. Ik vond het een weinig spannende boek. De hoofdpersoon Fred ofwel 'magic hoffmann' ontwikkelt zich nauwelijks gedurende het verhaal. Misschien voor een deel te wijten aan het feit dat hij 4 jaar heeft vastgezeten en dat gedurende deze periode de muur is gevallen. In de gevangenis heeft hij enorm zijn eigen leventje gehad, met prachtige beelden. Als hij eenmaal vrij komt is iedereen doorgegaan met zijn leven. Annette, Nickel en de andere bewoners van Dieburg zijn ...more
Lynn B.
Nov 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who like slow novels about struggles I guess
Recommended to Lynn by: German Teacher
Fred "Magic" Hoffmann is a convicted bankrobber in Germany who dreams of making a new life in Canada. After four years in prison, he gets released and looks up his old friends (who didn't get convicted for the robbery) in Berlin, where the Wall just has fallen and he has to adjust to the cultural meltinpot the city's become. There, he undergoes all kinds of struggles just to get his money, that his friend Nickel hid, and to go to Canada with his new love Moni.

This book is a bore. Not the worst t
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Cristian
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tanta tanta curiosità per questo grande Autore.
Ora me lo godo.
See you later!!
25/07/15
Una storia di sogni infranti, di antichi parti tra giovani amici, traditi. Tanta delusione, tanta speranza. A vuoto. Pare che in questo universo non vi sia spazio per tutti i sognatori. Si sicuro non per Hoffman sicuramente.
Un personaggio che fa tanta, tanta pena, per il quale ho fatto il tifo fino all'ultimo. Ma invano.
Si chiude con tanto tanto tantissimo amaro in bocca.++++*
Chris
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Joëlle
Apr 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Pfff, Duits is niet mijn sterkste schoolvak en daarom haat ik elk boek in het Duits (ook al kan het verhaal soms nog best leuk zijn) Ik ben blij dat het boek uit is en dat ik eindelijk weer leuke boeken mag lezen!
Esther
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not many action. Boring ending.
Dirk
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Jakob Arjouni (alias of Jakob Bothe) published his first novel Happy Birthday, Türke! (1985) at the age of 20.Later he wrote his first play Die Garagen. He became famous after publishing his criminal novel Kayankaya, which was then translated into 10 different languages.

In 1987, he received the Baden-Württembergischen Autorenpreis für das deutschsprachige Jugendtheater for his play Nazim schiebt
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