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Die gordische Schleife

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Georg Polger hat seine Anwaltskanzlei in Karlsruhe mit dem Leben als freier Übersetzer in Südfrankreich vertauscht und schlägt sich mehr schlecht als recht durch. Bis zu dem Tag, als er durch merkwürdige Zufälle Inhaber eines Übersetzungsbüros wird – Spezialgebiet: Konstruktionspläne für Kampfhubschrauber. Polger gerät in einen Strudel von Ereignissen in dem Freund und Fei ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published 1988 by Diogenes
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Alison Smith
An industrial espionage crime. Not a fast-paced thriller, but a complicated plot. I found the plot a bit of a stretch, although the ending was neat, and mirrored the book title. Well-written, but I found the protagonist Georg’s actions far-fetched, and as for Francois, his lover – I hope I never meet her!
Anni K. Mars
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Dieser Roman war sehr spannend, aber die Figuren waren…scheußlich!

Es geht in diesem Roman um Georg, der als freier Übersetzer in einer französischen Provinz lebt und ein ziemlich langweiliges Leben führt. Bis er einen sehr geheimen Auftrag über die Konstruktion von Kampfmitteln erhält und in die Machenschaften der verschiedenen Geheimdienste der Welt gerät. Georg weiß nicht mehr, wem er trauen kann und was er tun soll.

Ich mochte dieses Buch nur bis zu einem gewissen Punkt. Es war sehr spannend,
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Expectations of a good read, certainly had that after reading "The Reader" I cannot fathom how this author could write this book, it does not have many redeeming factors save the locale in France, weird characters, weird plans, weird people, is it me or is this just a poorly translated work, could not get my brain around this one.
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a weak start the book got better with the developing story line. I found the language a little wooden and stilted in the beginning, but this also changed for the better! Overall a captivating book with unforeseeable twists and turns, fine psychological insights and descriptions.
I liked the book. I like Bernhard Schlink's books, all highly recommended!
Liz Thackray
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german
[Read in German]

A fairly long winded account of industrial espionage and international skullduggery. At times confusing - perhaps because of reading the original German rather than a translation - but some interesting and enjoyable elements. I won't be reading this book again in a hurry
Lisy V
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a fast paced thriller, slow beginning, overall disappointed. Expected more from this author, since I enjoyed "The Reader."
Tony Rampling
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!!
Johann Guenther
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
SCHLINK, Bernhard: „Die gordische Schleife“, Zürich 1988
Eines der früheren Bücher von Schlink. Eine Agentengeschichte. Ein junger deutscher Anwalt, der ausgestiegen ist und im Süden Frankreichs als Übersetzer arbeitet. Er kommt in den Kreis von Spionage, weil er für Kampfhubschrauber Dokumentationen übersetzt. Sein Leben wird rundlegend verändert. Er will das nicht wahrhaben und kämpft dagegen. Seine Geliebte spioniert und kopiert seine Arbeiten. Plötzlich ist sie weg. Auch bekommt er keine Auft
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing and unrealistic. I've enjoyed other works by Schlink and so had moderate expectations but this certainly was no "The Reader". It tells the story of a transplanted German lawyer Georg who has moved to Provence, France where he is scratching out a living as a translator. Unexpectedly he gets some work for a company where he falls for the secretary with whom he begins an enjoyable romance. Things however turn sour when Georg discovers his good fortune with the newfound work for the tr ...more
Oct 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: Или-или
На моменти конфузна, на моменти едноставна, баш како едно купче јазли зврзани на една гордиева врвка. Не знам што да кажам за Шлинк после ова. На моменти ми изгледаше толку претенциозен што ме тераше да запрам со читање. Но ја доистерав до крај. Не е како „читачот“ но не е до толку катастрофална како што луѓево пишуваат на интернет. Без тие непотребни дефокуси, без таа претенциозност и со ставање повеќе акцент на полицијата и странските служби, книгата би имала многу повеќе суштина во целост.
William Koon
Under the guise of a thriller, Berhard Schlick proposes some of the themes he has used in his weightier novels: the obsession of love, the bending of boundaries, the internal conflicts we have. He does a great job in portraying his landscapes whether they are Province or San Francisco.
Ironically his main character is a translator and that is what Schlick does too, he translates for us the varieties of experiences which can only be called amour fou.
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: places-new-york
Eigentlich habe ich den Roman angefangen zu lesen, weil die Geschichte in Südfrankreich beginnt, aber Marseille und die Landschaft werden kaum beschrieben. Dann wechselt die Geschichte nach New York und San Fransisco. Die Suche nach der geliebten Frauen und der Aufklärung des Rätsels in New York ist dann wesentlich interesssanter und wird stärker durhc die Atmosphäre dieser Stadt getragen. Nicht überwältigende, aber solide Spionagegeschichte.
Jun 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dutch
Het eerste deel gaat nog wel, maar daarna draait het alleen nog maar om complottheorieën, achtervolgingen, gevechtshelikopters, de KGB, de FBI en de CIA en als ik ergens niets om geef dan zijn het wel spionagethrillers. Ik had iets meer in de trant van De Voorlezer verwacht, maar daar lijkt het in het geheel niet op.

Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as part of my exploration into the works of Bernhardt Schlink. I was taken by The Reader, in awe during his short stories in Flights of Love and quite disappointed by his effort here. The story felt thin and somewhat predictable. Oh well, it is reassuring that writers do not always excel.
Jul 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Promising start, hard to explain without spoiling it, but generally about a translator who gets entangled in a love affair that makes him part of an unknowable conspiracy. I liked most of it, but toward the end I thought it got a little convoluted and I found myself not caring to sort it out. Still, it was entertaining and I do like Schlink.
Jan 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book spoiled my impression that Schlink is a fine literature writer. I have just one word to describe it: schund! If you liked The reader, Homecoming, Flights of love or Das Wochenende, never ever read Gordian knots.
Tina Siegel
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Schlink! This was a nice surprise - lighter, more noirish, less ponderous than his other work (which is terrific but tends to deal with pretty heavy subjects like generational guilt, the effect of the Holocaust on contemporary German society, etc.).

Fantastic book - highly reccommended!
Angel Serrano
Un abogado alemán abandona su carrera para convertirse en "Aussteiger" en el Sur de Francia. Malvive como traductor hasta que se ve envuelto en una trama de espionaje industrial y, a la vez, conoce a una misteriosa mujer de la que se enamorará. Pero no todo es lo que parece.
Steve Dennie
Feb 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-lizard
This is a strange little character-driven spy novel, which starts in Germany but spends most of its pages in New York City. This is the second book I’ve read by this German mystery writer, and I didn’t really care for either of them.
Shahzaib Hassan
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's quite intriguing if you're an "Espionage Junkie" that is. The novel starts out pretty simple and humble but, almost as if in a fit of rage, gets shot off to oblivion with all the KGB, CIA and the polish secret service's intrusion.
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, library
meandering tale of struggling translator who becomes embroiled in defense industry espionage, pursues his duplicitous lover to new york and seeks revenge on those who have exploited him and destroyed his life... - not much charater development, but might make a good movie
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A cold war spy thriller. Interesting characters, but kind of weak overall, and the ending really didn't work for me. This was my first Schlink; I admit that he's gotten such good reviews for other works, I expected The Gordian Knot to be a lot better.
Nothing memorable...
Peter Jakobs
Not the best book by Schlink but still an enjoyable story and "mirrows behind the mirrow". I'm missing a bit the typical German that can be found in most of his other books.
Jul 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read,bit slow at times but simple story line is kind of refreshing in the ever growing shelves of twisters as thrillers in market.
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not what i expected from the author of the reader...not a great mystery/thriller
Laura Schwartz
Jun 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. The characters are 2-D and the mystery isn't compelling at all. I stopped reading halfway through because I just didn't care what happened to the protagonist.
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2012
Not too bad for a spy story. Writing / translation was a little cold.
I too expected more from the author of The Reader. But it was an amusing tale for bedtime reading
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Bernhard Schlink is a German jurist and writer. He became a judge at the Constitutional Court of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1988 and has been a professor of public law and the philosophy of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany since January 2006.

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