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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  108 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Compelling, historical, poetical, sensitive, erotic - this wonderful novel is all this and much more. -Express
Alexander von Brücken, a reclusive millionaire with an enigmatic past, invites an unnamed writer to stay in his mansion and ghostwrite his autobiography. The writer will be well paid for his efforts, and literary fame is virtually guaranteed; von Brückens only sti
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Europa Editions (first published 2006)
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Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This was like...solid.

Essentially, it's a "through the eyes" story of Germany in the latter half of the 20th century. An unnamed author is invited to a zillionaire's house to hear his final story and fictionalize it into a novel. Author does not follow the request, instead presenting the conversations "verbatim" (while fictionalizing parts derived from diaries), and peppering the narrative with his own thoughts. Not overly original, but generally well done.

The story itself traces the life of Sof
Nicole Harkin
Jul 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last Christmas, Brent gave me a movie we both adored when we saw it in the theater: Once. We even have the soundtrack. After opening it I realized he did not know that I don’t watch movie more than once and I also don’t read books more than once. Unless, that is, I don’t understand what happened.

I just finished reading Eros, by Helmut Krausser. The story is set in Germany, in fact the author lives in Berlin. (Reader thinks: Ah, Berlin, how I love thee….) As the name implies, the book is a love s
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
What would you do if you could possess everything you wanted -- wealth, power, notoriety -- except the one true love of your life?

This is the question that frames Helmut Krausser's novel "Eros," which details one Alexander von Brücken's pursuit of Sofie, a girl he meets in a World War II bomb shelter during a raid on Munich, where his father owns an armament factory. Such was Von Brücken's attraction to Sofie that he began to look forward to the attacks with lustful anticipation. "The war came
Jul 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty interesting. It is a twisted love story that takes place in Germany between WWII and the present. An old man summons a well-known author to his castle in Germany, tells him a (supposedly true) tale, and gives him a boatload of money to turn it into a novel. The caveat is that the author can release the book only after the old man's death.

The story is that the old man, Alexander, has been in love with and obsessed by a woman, Sophie, for nearly his entire life. His obsession is un
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A strange but compelling book - beginning during WW II in Germany where a young teenager - whose father is owner of local factory - takes shelter from bombs with the rest of the community; for some never really explained reason this very wealthy family does not have its own bomb shelter. Alexander has a crush/falls madly in love with Sofie who disappears/reappears/disappears, etc for his life for the rest of his life. The only meaning in A's life (despite making and giving away piles of money) i ...more
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For the better part of the book I thought it was just ok. I wasn't intrigued by the story or the main character's personality. The only thing that kept it interesting for me was the fact that this obsession, this love story unfolded itself in very interesting historical context (it starts during the II world war, and continues during the times of two Germanies). But the end of the book, especially the few last pages, well, it changed my opinion. This book is good. Not excellent, it did not chang ...more
Oct 20, 2008 rated it liked it
The background of this historical novel is pre-WWII Germany up until the 1980s. I think the events and politics are accurate but the story is pure fiction; or is it? A dying, wealthy man hires an author to listen to his story of unrequited love, survival from WWII and building wealth and power, which does him little good as he suffers from not being with the one he loves. Once the man dies, the author will be paid to publish his story as a work of fiction. I enjoyed reading this story.
Felix Pütsch
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book about love, life, possession, control, and life in Germany during the time of 1970's terrorism.

The main character one-sidedly falls in love with a girl during WW2 when they were young. He spends the rest of his life secretly tracking her, and providing hidden "help" (incl. actually saving here life) where he considers it appropriate.
Jessica T.
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dreams of a divided Berlin...
Apr 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
beautiful, weird and sad.
Hristos Dagres
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A masterpiece!
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zeer boeiend geschreven boek met op de achtergrond een interessant stuk Duitse geschiedenis. Een absolute aanrader.
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good way to find out that Germany's history has more to offer than WWII. Helmut Krausser tells another excellent unusual love story
I liked it a lot. A little odd in the beginning, but I read the last half in one go. He tells a good story.
Elizabeth Bradley
Sinister, odd, somewhere between "The Keep" and "The Lives of Others." Disappointingly quasi-meta ending, though.
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“At some point during the summer of 1944 she started wearing two plaits instead of one, and sometimes wore her hair loose. It was … indescribable. That hair, a dark firefall, a molten mass, I would have given everything—everything!—to run my fingers through it, to have a taste of the girl, nothing else was important, you could have shown me thousands of similar creatures or even brought them to me, she was the one I wanted, no one else, only her, and wholly, entirely, with everything.

And yet: my love could have lighted on any girl, on any one of all the pretty girls this side of death.”
“I hummed love songs, silent love songs the words of which I’ve forgotten, sang to myself for nights on end, never tiring of praising my love in song, it was just as it ought to be and I dreamed the whole of Germany had exploded and just we two were lying, buried alive, somewhere in the last warmth of ashes, the air was used up and I gave her my last breath in one long kiss—that kind of stuff, I take nothing of it back, it was right and it was marvelous.” 1 likes
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