Die dunkle Kammer

The Dark Room tells the stories of three ordinary Germans Helmut, a young photographer in Berlin in the 1930s who uses his craft to express his patriotic fervour Lore, a twelve year old girl who in 1945 guides her young siblings across a devastated Germany after her Nazi parents are seized by the Allies and, fifty years later, Micha, a young teacher obsessed with what hThe Dark Room tells the stories of three ordinary Germans Helmut, a young photographer in Berlin in the 1930s who uses his craft to express his patriotic fervour Lore, a twelve year old girl who in 1945 guides her young siblings across a devastated Germany after her Nazi parents are seized by the Allies and, fifty years later, Micha, a young teacher obsessed with what his loving grandfather did in the war, struggling to deal with the past of his family and his country.
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  • Title: Die dunkle Kammer
  • Author: Rachel Seiffert
  • ISBN: 9783548602103
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Die dunkle Kammer”

    1. I've owned this book since either 2002 or 2003, and tried to read it twice, never managing to read more than about 15 pages. Something made me keep it, however - perhaps it was the haunting real life photo on the cover. Anyway, serendipity struck yesterday. I picked it up, started reading, was sucked in and read more than 200 pages in one sitting. I finished it this evening in about an hour. This is an extraordinary book, broken into three tales, all of ordinary Germans, the first two of which a [...]

    2. Having read other reviews of this book, I feel both confused and harsh about giving my own opinion. Despite a compelling plotline detailing the aftermath of WW2 in Germany, and a fresh perspective given by German citizens (with somewhat Nazist sympathies) about the war, I felt strongly that the writing was really much too spare, cold, and empty to be deemed worthy of the storyline it was describing. I felt completely uninvolved with the characters' plights; I may as well have been reading histor [...]

    3. Deep, shocking and often very emotional, The Dark Room is an incredible collection of stories spanning across the century and diving into the dire times of WWII.

    4. This is the best work of fiction that employs history without being didactic that I have read since "The Known World." And I am usually very annoyed by WWII novels set in Germany, which all seem to be too much History Channel and not enough literary value. This book means something.

    5. I really enjoyed this debut novel, about how World War II affected the lives of ordinary Germans. It's basically three short novellas strung together, the first two during the war, the last one in current times. The most compelling for me was the family whose parents are taken away because of their Nazi affiliations, leaving the children to make a treacherous journey across the country, trying to get back home. It powerfully evokes the chaos, starvation and confusion of the immediate post-war pe [...]

    6. This is a trio of very different stories, all with the common theme of how three very diverse sets of Germans deal with the rise and ultimate fall of Nazism. The first of the trio is set in the glory days of the ascent of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, as seen through the eyes of a naïve young man, and what happens afterwards. The second is a somewhat rambling story of a 14-year-old German girl who, with her younger siblings survives the disappearance of her Nazi parents and the struggles to get to [...]

    7. This book is interesting as it tells the story of WWII, but from Nazi German perspectives. The characters are children in parts 1 & 2. Part 3 involves an adult researching his grandfather's involvement in WWII and the subsequent knowledge of his grandfather's decisions and actions, how Micha feels about him knowing what he did. This is a thought provoking novel, from a perspective I haven't encountered before now.Another reviewer says this:People are 'both right and wrong, good and bad, both [...]

    8. I really liked this book. It is about the holocaust, but told from the perspective of Germans who lived through it. There are three short stories - the first is about a teenage boy who is handicapped so can't join the German army, bu wishes he could. The second is the story of five children whose parents were arrested at the end of the war for being Nazis and they have to make their way across a divided Germany to try and find their parents. The last is set in modern times about a guy obsessed w [...]

    9. These three novella-length stories are terrific: Seiffert manages to write in a manner that's both spare and detailed. The two pieces set in wartime (featuring Helmut and Lore) are the most immediate and compelling; there's some momentum lost in the Micha story, set 50 years later, but it does serve to round out the book as a whole by providing perspective.

    10. This is a different look at how World War II affected people in Germany: innocents during the war (children) and a grandson of an SS officer in 1997 who finally finds out what his grandfather did during the war in the Ukraine. Told in three vignettes, well written, deeply characterized stories.

    11. Shortlisted for the Man Booker and other prizes, Rachel Seiffert’s novel explores the complex moral situation among ordinary Germans during and just after the Second World War. In the form of three novellas, by far the most engaging is the middle story, ‘Lore’, about a 12-year girl abandoned by her Nazi parents in the countryside with the task of getting her younger siblings across Germany to Hamburg. Before leaving for an American camp, her mother gives Lore money and jewellery to buy the [...]

    12. A story that captured my eye mainly due to my interest in the holocaust. I've read many fiction and non fiction material on the holocaust and the appauling effects it had on the Jewish community. However, never have I read a perspective from other Germans living during the war and afterwards. The innocent relatives of the people who were part of the Nazi party; feeling the impact and after effects of the consequences members and their family faced when Germany lost the war and the full extent of [...]

    13. This is one of the most beautifully written, thought-provoking books I've read in a long, long time. It contains three stories about WWII. The first tracess the life of a young man through the war years in Berlin, the second allows us to shadow a teenage girl and her 4 siblings as they cross war-torn Germany during and immediately following the end of the war, and the final story details the process a young teacher follows as he researches the role his grandfather played during the war. Each sto [...]

    14. Tremendously well researched, which gives the book verisimilitude. It's the story of three different German families and the effects that WWII has on them. One story takes place during the war, one immediately after, and one fifty years later. Two of the stories focus on the effects of parents and grandparents having been Nazis.If there had been any connection between the three different sections other than the extremely tenuous link of "photographs were taken during the war," this would have be [...]

    15. Although it was spoken of highly by authors whom I respect, I did not like this book and I will not read another one by this author. I have to say that the three stories represent completely different insights into the German people during the second world war than I have run across before, so it was interesting from that point of view. On the other hand, the endless and excruciating detail, especially in the second story, was just too much to bear, particularly given the repetitive narrative fo [...]

    16. The plot lines are actually very good, although I don't know why there was a need to write 3 unlinked stories, Lore's alone would have been a good stand alone novel, and it was certainly the best of the three. It's written in a very staccato style, with lots of very short paragraphs, which doesn't make it flow well at all! I found the first of the trilogy too short and the last one held no real depth at all to either the story or the characters. The book almost reads like it has been translated! [...]

    17. I chose to read this book after seeing the movie Lore, which is based on one of the three stories in this book, The Dark Room. The book is broken into three stories of Germans and focuses on World War II. The first is about Helmut, a baby born missing a muscle in his chest that will weaken his ability to use his right arm. A lifetime working on strengthening the muscles and his arm only do so much good and as a child and eventually a young man he begins to understand that it will always be a bur [...]

    18. Lore by Rachel Seiffert. I won this book on . I enjoy reading about WWII etc I think it is important for us to know and be aware of how things were during the era. There are 3 short stories. The stories do not link together. First involves a young man w/a physical handicap that makes him unable to join the forces and go to war. He has kept his handicap hidden so no one knows he was declined joining the army so he is looked down upon in the town because their young sons and husbands were taken to [...]

    19. I usually struggle with books written in English about the German perspective on WWII-related events (somehow the different language imposes a filter that distracts me too much to be able to focus through it, removing it too far from authenticity), but this was excellent. I picked it up because I was curious about the middle story, "Lore," having been very impressed with the film adaptation; it's possibly even more haunting in writing. The language is sparse to the point of starkness, which real [...]

    20. Mid 5. In this wonderful novel, Seiffert examines three separate individuals' efforts to cope with the devastation of the Second World War and the shame which enveloped Germany in light of the atrocities committed in the name of Aryan ideals. The novel is structured around three figures covering three distinct time periods and their relationship to the rise, fall, and aftermath of Nazism. Helmut, a disabled photographer's assistant, illustrates with his experiences, the need to be accepted by a [...]

    21. I loved the book, it has great stories and very clear that you can imagine all of it in your head, there was one common thing in all the stories there was a part in the middle where the story dragged on or felt like it didn't go anywhere. However, the stories kept you drawn in to the book that you couldn't put it down and left you at the edge of your seat near the end so much that you want the author you make a whole 300 page book just off that story alone. You get drawn into the characters and [...]

    22. 2.5 starsThe book is moving and why not thought-provoking, but I guess my problem with it was that war books are not really my thing. I've tried reading a few and it's not that I don't like them, I simply don't enjoy them. I cannot connect with the situation, I can't put myself into somebody else's shoes and try to understand what they went through and so the reading gets tedious and I get bored. Since this was an assigned reading I had no choice but to read it.The book contains three different [...]

    23. I read Sebastian Faulks's book A Possible Life recently and criticised it for being five disparate stories purporting to be a novel. The Dark Room is similar in that it's three narratives but this time they are connected by their being set in WW2 Germany.The device works better here and I think it's because of the closer proximity of the stories. The protagonists' three different viewpoints on Facism make a three-dimensional whole that is solid and stands up to scrutiny.The three stories show th [...]

    24. What can I say about this profoundly moving and evocative trio of novellas except OMG. This was a Booker Prize Finalist 2001 (not surprising) and winner of the LA Times Book Prize. Seiffert's sparse, lyrical prose pierces to the heart of the matter and evokes time, place, character, humanity, and wrenching emotion with the cleanest stroke of the keyboard. Such power and so little dressing.Seiffert opens a window into the dark rooms occupied by three Germans whose lives are shaped, and shattered, [...]

    25. Upon first thought, the book seemed segmented- with the first two stories disappearing in mid-narration and a final which dragged slightly, weighed by its protangonist's inability to leave a single thought. But his thought is a heavy one. Mischa is haunted by the possibility of his grandfather's active participation in the Holocaust, tormented by questions of past atrocities negating present humanity. The inability to find a single best answer, with 'not enough sadness, and no punishment' for th [...]

    26. The first two sections of this book were fascinating and I struggled through the third thinking somehow it would all come together in the end, which it didn't. It could be read as three separate stories and I felt sense of disappointment that we never find out what happens to the characters in the first two sections.That said I loved her sparse style of writing and she had the ability to evoke a sense of place and time in a very effective manner. The characters on the first two sections were fas [...]

    27. I recently saw the movie "Lore", which is based on one of the stories in this book. The movie received excellent reviews at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. Amazing and enlightening! The German baby boomers have been living with this awful feeling of guilt, asking themselves what role their parents played in the holocaust and why the young people in Germany did not seem to question the Hitler Regime.

    28. An audiobook listen. Made up of 3 stories that are set in Germany and concerned with the second world war. The first 2 stories were ok, nothing brillant. The last story was really interesting and brought up the question of whether you could still love your relative that may have done something terrible in the war to innocent people.

    29. there is a good review here;spikemagazine/1002seiffertoops bought this today vintage international edition 2001 29/11/2013 but already have it. 29/11/2013 1 0f 20 books for $10 the lot

    30. I might rather give this 3.5 or 3.75, but skewing up for ambition. Although the characters were so well drawn it was hard to let go of them and move to the next story, I disagree with the reviewers who felt that it was a flaw in the book to keep each storyline separate. The author faced tradeoffs either way. If she'd interlinked the three stories somehow, say by having them all be about members of the same multigenerational family, or perhaps in the same neighborhood, she would not have been abl [...]

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