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Death In Breslau (Eberhard Mock #1)

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Breslau was a German city on the border of Czechoslovakia. It is now, since World War II, Wroclaw, in Poland. Marek Krajewski has written a quartet of novels which unfold the history of this exceptional city, standing on the faultline and crossroads of 20th century Europe. In Breslau 1933: the mutilated body of a young woman, an aristocrat, is found dead on a train. Scorpi ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published by Quercus Books (first published 1999)
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Zaphirenia
Μέτριο θριλερακι με κάποια καλά στοιχεία αλλά κυρίως μία κατά βάση βαρετή απόδοση. Γενικως δεν μου πολυαρέσουν τα αστυνομικά που η λύση τους σχετίζεται με προφητείες (σπόιλερ αλέρτ), αλλά θα ήμουν διατεθειμένη να το προσπεράσω αυτό εάν η γραφή του συγγραφέα ήταν καλύτερη (δεν ήταν) και αν με τραβούσε περισσότερο η ιστορία (δε με τράβηξε). Στο τέλος δε έγιναν όλα ένα τουρλουμπούκι - η κάθαρση του ήρωα (γιατί υπάρχει έντονο και το ελληνικό στοιχείο στο βιβλίο) δεν είναι ικανοποιητική, η τελευταία ...more
Christian Dumais
Jan 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s difficult to wander any bookstore in Poland without coming across a shelf devoted to Krajewski’s quartet of Breslau books, which include, in order, Death in Breslau, The End of the World in Breslau, Ghosts in the City of Breslau, and Breslau Fortress; and I was thrilled when I discovered a translated copy of the first book in a bookstore in Berlin. My interest in reading this series in particular – outside of learning about a new Polish author – was that the books were set in (you guessed i ...more
Maria Altiki
Ένα ιδιαίτερα σκληρό βιβλίο που μας μεταφέρει στην σκοτεινή εποχή της Γκεστάπο. Οι χαρακτήρες του αμφιλεγόμενοι που μπερδεύουν τον αναγνώστη για το ποίες είναι τελικά οι προθέσεις τους. Σεξ, βακχικά όργια, διαστροφές, σαδισμός, βία, εκδίκηση σ ένα κουβάρι που ο συγγραφέας ξετυλίγει με μαεστρία. Οι συνεχείς ανατροπές του δεν σε αφήνουν να σταματήσεις την ανάγνωση παρά μονάχα όταν διαβάσεις για την τελική κάθαρση στην τελευταία σελίδα. Δεν μπορώ να πω ακόμα κ τώρα αν συμπαθώ ή αντιπαθώ τον Μοκ. Ελ ...more
Lammoth
Поляците винаги са имали силни позиции в литературата. Като започнем от класиците Хенрик Сенкевич и Болеслав Прус, Тадеуш Доленга-Мостович, преминем през легендарните фантасти Станислав Лем и Януш Зайдел, и стигнем до Анджей Сапковски, авторът на поредицата за "Вещер", чиято компютърна игра, правена по книгите, придоби огромна популярност.

Знам, че поляци и руснаци се обичат толкова, колкото се обичат израелци и палестинци (но не чак толкова, колкото шотландци и англичани :р ), но все пак бих с
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Nancy Oakes
First in a series of five novels, Death in Breslau might just possibly be my favorite crime fiction novel so far this year. I hadn't even finished this book and bought the next two, The End of the World in Breslau and The Phantoms of Breslau. If the cover doesn't grab you, the story will.

The story begins in 1950 in a Dresden psychiatric hospital, where the director is being pressed by a Stasi official who wants to question the patient named Herbert Anwaldt. Herbert Anwaldt's identity and the rea
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Thomas
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Translated murder mystery fans
Recommended to Thomas by: Gooreads friend
Shelves: e-europe-crime
I enjoyed reading this book and give it 4.5 stars(rounded up to 5). Eberhard Mock is a Police Inspector in Breslau, Germany in 1933(present day Wroclaw,Poland). He is called to the scene of 2 horrific murders. Two women have been horribly mutilated and 1 of them is the daughter of very powerful man, Baron Von Malten. Mock is between a rock and a hard place, as solving the murders means antagonizing the Gestapo and not solving them means that the Baron will betray him to the Gestapo.
The plot mov
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Helen
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The city of Breslau. Don't look for it on a map. It doesn't exist anymore. Once upon a time, it was a German city sharing a border with Poland. After the atrocities of World War 2, the Soviets drove out the German populace and gave it to Poland. It is now Wroclaw.

Back to the book. Breslau, 1933. A teenage girl and her nanny are murdered and ritually disemboweled on a train car in Breslau. Inspector Mock knew the girl and her father, a local aristocrat. To assist Mock in solving the crime, the Be
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Preslava
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
„Смърт в Бреслау” на Марек Крайевски успя да ме изненада доста силно. Очаквах криминално приключение, което малко или много да попада в клишето, с единствената разлика, че действието се развива няколко години преди Втората световна война в днешна Полша.

Началото на романа започва с мистериозното, дори мистично убийство на Мариета фон дер Малтен и нейната гувернантка. Двете са изнасилени и убити, а коремът на Мариета е разрязан и в него са поставени скорпиони. Доста зловещо, като добавим и тайнств
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Col
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, k
The book is set in Breslau a pre-WW2 town in Germany in 1933, subsequently Polish post-war.


In a nutshell, a triple murder, double rape has occurred and Mock the policeman or Kriminaldirektor is tasked with solving the case. Most of the narrative takes place during 1933, with the concluding passage wrapping things up in 1951.


I’m undecided as to my feelings about the book overall. Clichés such as un-put-down-able or page-turner definitely don’t apply in this instance. Occasionally you read a book
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Kerstin
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Tod in Breslau" lebt nicht nur von seinem markanten Mordfall, sondern auch von der sehr stimmigen Atmosphäre. Marek Krajewski lässt hier das Breslau der 1930er Jahre vor dem Auge des Lesers entstehen und schildert dies detailreich und -getreu.

Mit Eberhard Mock bekommt man es mit einem nicht alltäglichen Kommissar zu tun, denn er betrügt seine Frau, geht ins Bordell und schreckt auch nicht vor Schlimmerem zurück. Durch den Roman zieht sich ebenso eine Spur aus Korruption, Machtgeschachere, Folte
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Polish classical philologist, specialist in Latin linguistics, former academic teacher of University of Wrocław. Author of very popular series about Eberhard Mock and interwar Wrocław. In 2005 he got Polityka's Passport and Big Calbier Award for best crime story of 2003
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“Навлизаха в Зоненплац. Градът пулсираше с тайния си живот. На завоя скърцаше трамваят, който возеше работниците втора смяна от фабриката на Линк, Хофман и Лауххамер, газовите фенери мигаха. Завиха надясно по Гартенщрасе: пред закрития пазар се тълпяха каруци, докарващи картофи и зеле, стражът на каменната сграда в стил сецесион на ъгъла на Театерщрасе ругаеше и поправяше лампата при портата, двама пияни немски студентки закачаха проститутките, които гордо се разхождаха с чадърчета пред Филхармонията. Минаха автомобилния салон на Коченройтер и Валдшмит, сградата на шльонския Ландтаг и няколко хотела. От нощното небе в мъглата пръскаше дъждец.” 1 likes
“След една такава дълга партия Мок отпочиваше на дивана и четеше на момичетата своите разсъждения на тема човешките характери. Това беше неговата трета страст, която разкриваше единствено в своя любим клуб. Криминалният съветник, любител на античната литература, който изненадваше своите подчинени с дълги латински цитати, завиждаше на Непот и Теофраст, и създаваше, не без литературни претенции, характеристики на лицата, с които се беше сблъсквал. За основа му служеха собствените наблюдения и полицейските дела. Средно веднъж в месеца правеше описание на един човек, а вече съществуващите допълваше с нови факти. Тези допълнения и новите характеристики, които Мок описваше, причиняваха голямо объркване в изморените главици на момичетата. Но те не обръщаха внимание на това, седяха в краката на Мок, гледаха в неговите кръгли очи и чувстваха надигащата се в клиента вълна на щастие.” 0 likes
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