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by Peter Hutchinson,Stefan Heym

Free eBook The Architects (European Classics) download ISBN: 0810120445
Author: Peter Hutchinson,Stefan Heym
Publisher: Northwestern University Press; 1 edition (January 6, 2006)
Language: English
Pages: 327
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: World Literature
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Peter Hutchinson (Foreword). The Architects (European Classics) What I struggled with was the morality. Stefan Heym isn't satirising or trying to deflate the overarching idea

Peter Hutchinson (Foreword). The Architects (European Classics). 0810120445 (ISBN13: 9780810120440). I picked this up in Daunt books in Marylebone, seeing a pile of copies of it superbly merch'd on a table in the corner, emblazoned with TLS quotes about its brilliance. What a peculiar choice for a reprint. At best, it's an interesting GDR artifact, set in a pretty fascinating period (post that 1956 speech). What I struggled with was the morality. Stefan Heym isn't satirising or trying to deflate the overarching idea. Stalin's bad, sure - and, comrades, awful things were done by him.

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A novel of exquisite suspense, romance, and drama, The Architects is also a window on a harrowing period of history that its author experienced firsthand-and that readers would do well to remember today.

All books are picked, packed and dispatched from the United Kingdom. Heym was unique in the history of European literature. Stefan Heym (1913-2001) was the author of over a dozen novels.

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Stefan Heym is, by any measure, a literary phenomenon. – Times Literary Supplement ‘Heym was unique in the history of European literature. – Telegraph ‘A leading figure in the East German literary scene. – Tony Judt ‘A splendid find, a compelling drama. – Will Wiles ‘Brave, vivid and uncompromising, a chilling portrait of a man and a society struggling to find traces of humanity in themselves and others as their world comes under threat from life-shattering secrets and the tightening grip of brutal ideology. – Chloë Aridjis, author of Book of Clouds.

Find sources: "Stefan Heym" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR . Peter Hutchinson: Stefan Heym: the perpetual dissident, Cambridge, 1992; ISBN 0-521-40438-X.

Find sources: "Stefan Heym" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (December 2015) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). In 1935, he received a grant from a Jewish student association, and went to the United States to continue his degree at the University of Chicago, which he completed in 1936 with a dissertation on Heinrich Heine. The Architects written c 1963 – 1965, unpublished (published in German as Die Architekten, Munich 2000; published in English under "The Architects" by Northwestern in 2005; ISBN 0-8101-2044-5).

Stefan Heym: The Architects, Daunt Books (German title: Die Architekten, 2000) Stefan Heym was born the son of a Jewish merchant family under the name of Helmut Flieg in Chemnitz in 1913.

Stefan Heym: The Architects, Daunt Books (German title: Die Architekten, 2000). Heym wrote the English version of the book himself. Shortly before the fall of the Wall, Stefan Heym took part in a large demonstration at Alexanderplatz to appeal for a better GDR. Stefan Heym was born the son of a Jewish merchant family under the name of Helmut Flieg in Chemnitz in 1913. A committed Socialist, Stefan Heym escaped from the Nazis to Czechoslovakia and later emigrated to the United States. He gained American citizenship and landed with US troops at Normandy.

Written between 1963 and 1966, when its publication would have proved to be political dynamite-and its author's undoing-this novel of political intrigue and personal betrayal takes readers into the German Democratic Republic in the late 1950s, shortly after Khruschev's "secret speech" denouncing Stalin and his methods brought about a "thaw" in the Soviet bloc and, with it, the.

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Written between 1963 and 1966, when its publication would have proved to be political dynamite-and its author's undoing-this novel of political intrigue and personal betrayal takes readers into the German Democratic Republic in the late 1950s, shortly after Khruschev's "secret speech" denouncing Stalin and his methods brought about a "thaw" in the Soviet bloc and, with it, the release of many victims of Stalinist brutality. Among these is Daniel, a Communist exile from Hitler who has been accused of treachery while in Moscow and who now returns to Germany after years of imprisonment. A brilliant architect, he is taken on by his former colleague, Arnold Sundstrom, who was in exile in Moscow as well but somehow fared better. He is now in fact the chief architect for the World Peace Road being built by the GDR. In Daniel, Arnold's young wife Julia finds the key that will unlock the dark secret of her husband's success and of her own parents' deaths in Moscow-and will undermine the very foundation on which she has built her life. A novel of exquisite suspense, romance, and drama, The Architects is also a window on a harrowing period of history that its author experienced firsthand-and that readers would do well to remember today.
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Felolv
This novel is set in 1956, the start of destalinization, which began with Nikita Khrushchev's secret speech at the 20th party congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The book is about the incomplete destalinization process in East Germany. Other themes include the perniciousness of the informer system under Stalinism and the betrayal of own's own artistic principles for careerist success.

It is a great snapshot of a moment in German history. For those who are interested in literary representations of East German history, I would highly recommend this book. Additionally, this book can be quite the page turner at times, even if it is overwritten. (The political discussions can be a bit much, but they, too, are part of the story. And some of the characters are loathsome, including the main character, or annoying, including his five-year-old son.)

The translation is not so great. Sometimes it is very good, but many times it's not. (For more information on the translation, see my additional comment.) The book also contains some anachronisms, such as mentioning the Lipsi dance, which was only introduced in 1959.

Despite these problems, this book is definitely worth reading.
Cordabor
Stefan Heym tried to make a soap opera out of Nikita Khrushchev's secret speech to the Communist Party congress. Heym's method was to serve up a socialist collective of East German architects who were working on a Soviet-backed project called the World Peace Road. They talk a lot about Marxism Leninism and their collective, but suppress history.
When one of their colleagues returns from 16 years in the Siberian gulag, the lead architect fears that he may spill the beans about an act of personal betrayal.
There is an attempt to set up a love triangle and to stir jealousy and envy into the collective's pot. But it all falls flat. They talk too much. The child who keeps popping into the picture is a repulsive little idiot.
(The road, by the way, is presumably in Potsdam, but Heym never says so. There is nothing like it in Potsdam.)