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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: BRUNO GMUNDER VERLAG (8 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3867874441
  • ISBN-13: 978-3867874441
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,816,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephan Niederwieser might be better known to some as the author of more technical books like "Do It Yourself" or "Bend Over!: The Complete Guide to Anal Sex for Men"... or perhaps not. Nothing in those two worthy tomes is likely to prepare the reader for the narrative power of "On a Wednesday in September." At the center of this multi-POV story is Bernhard, a self-deprecating teacher who is tentatively enjoying--if not exactly relaxing into--his first gay relationship with Edvard. It's the attraction of opposites, as flighty, outgoing, fashion-conscious Edvard keeps hearing from his numerous friends, for Bernhard is deeply introverted. When Edvard hands his lover a ring to seal their friendship, Bernhard is overwhelmed. Recurring, dreamlike images from a past which feels like his, yet in the twenty-first century it cannot be: he sees a blond soldier in Nazi uniform being tortured by SS and burns with his own complicit guilt. Like a startled hare, Bernhard flees from these manifestations and Edvard as well. Niederwieser introduces many and varied characters who seem to have nothing to do with Bernhard, other than his difficult, close-lipped father and his strong-willed mother Lydia. But in the clever interleaving of their complicated lives it becomes clear that each has an impact on Bernhard and Edvard's lives. Even before he joins his sisters, brother, and their families for Christmas in Frankfurt, Bernhard has lost his love ring. It becomes the connecting thread which ties the lives of these strangers together and eventually to Bernhard, and what seems contradictory finally comes together at the end in a revelatory and satisfying circularity. This is very much a gay story which relies on the quality of its prose rather than helpings of explicit sex (which remains implied more than described) and the poetry the author brings to the emotional lives he describes so entertainingly and with sparky dialog makes it a novel for readers of all persuasions.
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Stephan Niederwieser has conocted a delightful tale of destiny,farcial misunderstanding, a haunted artifact, family secrets and sheer serendipity all in service of a tender and realistic romance between two men in modern Germany. The characters have authentic dimensions and plot is both unpredictable and intriguing. I for one am eagerly anticipating reading this narrative many times over and look Forward to Stephan Niederwieser's next litery venture.
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Hitherto, I only knew the author from some of his books about various aspects of gay sex, works which are imaginative but not fictional!
This book takes the rather Tolkienian theme of the power of a ring to affect the lives of all who wear it. In particular, the ring has the power to conjure up powerful and terrifying images from the homophobic Nazi past. The book hides, though it hints at it beforehand, its deep secret until the very end but it is, in between, a compelling family saga and a powerful love story.
The style of the writing maybe loses a little in translation but it remains a potently evocative story.
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This book was hard to get into and get going, and I had worked out most of what was going on .... can not quite understand why it was such a bestseller in Germany!
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HASH(0x983d42f4) out of 5 stars Circle of the Ring - A Must 19 Nov. 2012
By Roger M. Kean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Stephan Niederwieser might be better known to some as the author of more technical books like "Do It Yourself" or "Bend Over!: The Complete Guide to Anal Sex for Men"... or perhaps not. Nothing in those two worthy tomes is likely to prepare the reader for the narrative power of "On a Wednesday in September." At the center of this multi-POV story is Bernhard, a self-deprecating teacher who is tentatively enjoying--if not exactly relaxing into--his first gay relationship with Edvard. It's the attraction of opposites, as flighty, outgoing, fashion-conscious Edvard keeps hearing from his numerous friends, for Bernhard is deeply introverted. When Edvard hands his lover a ring to seal their friendship, Bernhard is overwhelmed. Recurring, dreamlike images from a past which feels like his, yet in the twenty-first century it cannot be: he sees a blond soldier in Nazi uniform being tortured by SS and burns with his own complicit guilt. Like a startled hare, Bernhard flees from these manifestations and Edvard as well. Niederwieser introduces many and varied characters who seem to have nothing to do with Bernhard, other than his difficult, close-lipped father and his strong-willed mother Lydia. But in the clever interleaving of their complicated lives it becomes clear that each has an impact on Bernhard and Edvard's lives. Even before he joins his sisters, brother, and their families for Christmas in Frankfurt, Bernhard has lost his love ring. It becomes the connecting thread which ties the lives of these strangers together and eventually to Bernhard, and what seems contradictory finally comes together at the end in a revelatory and satisfying circularity. This is very much a gay story which relies on the quality of its prose rather than helpings of explicit sex (which remains implied more than described) and the poetry the author brings to the emotional lives he describes so entertainingly and with sparky dialog makes it a novel for readers of all persuasions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96718ae0) out of 5 stars On a Wednesday in September by Stephan Niederwieser 20 Nov. 2012
By Elisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the story of a ring, and I don't mean only the physical jewel Edvard gave, as a love token, to his boyfriend Bernhard, it's also the metaphysical cycle of time, started many years ago and that has to find a closure now, in the present.

When Edvard gives Bernhard a ring, he was not expecting for it to be the ending of their relationship, but that is what apparently happened. Bernhard literally runs away from Edvard, and disappears without any explanation. What Edvard doesn't know is that, right when he put the ring on Bernhard's finger, he opened a portal on a past that is not yet forgotten, not until the only survivor will still remember a boy from the past. Once I heard a legend about the fact that dead people cannot rest until the last one on heart remembering them will not die; only then they will be able to move to the alterlife.

Bernhard is physically ill, the ring was like an arrow to his heart, and he is experimenting emotions that are true to him, but that he doesn't understand. The impeding feeling is that his relationship with Edvard is at risk, and that something tragic will soon happen. Someone near him will die, but Bernhard knows that is not the tragedy he is waiting to struck, actually it seems like this death is closing the circle. Nevertheless, Bernhard is forced apart from Edvard, and various misunderstanding will make really difficult for them to mend the path bringing them together again. Maybe only the ring will be able to.

The novel is no light romance at all, but it's intense and bittersweet. In a way, all lovers involved will have their happily ever after, some of them in the near future, some of them will wait for a life. It was not an easy read, it had always like a dark cloak wrapping it, at the same time warming but also obscuring the light, that light that was escaping the lovers who came into contact with the ring. Had the cycle to be broken, before Bernhard and Edvard could be happy? Or instead had it to be completed? The ring of lovers is at the same time happiness and tragedy.
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HASH(0x96a3fcd8) out of 5 stars Fascinating read 15 Nov. 2012
By Matthew Link - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
So interesting to find a book written by a German writer (who is also an excellent book editor, making him an even better author in my opinion) about the Nazis and World War II. In the States, we often only get our side of the story, and not really the story from Germany - which was profoundly devastated and changed by the war. On top of that, this translation is top notch. German always translates well into English (unlike French and other languages), making it a very accessible read. I highly recommend the book for anyone interested in WWII history.
HASH(0x9664f0d8) out of 5 stars A Haunting Story Well Told 19 Nov. 2012
By Robert Mainardi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Stephan Niederwieser's ON A WEDNESDAY IN SEPTEMBER is a beautifully written emotional mystery in which love, in its infinite variations, in turns illuminates, haunts and transforms the many characters in this fascinating novel. It's easy to see why this award winning novel was so popular in its original German edition, and this sensitive and sparkling translation will hopefully introduce him to a wider American audience. The writing is filled with telling detail, the characters fully realized, and the story kept me reading with great anticipation. This is a gay novel that will really appeal to any reader interested in a good story, well told, that brings to life an unfamiliar world. I recommend it enthusiastically.
HASH(0x965189fc) out of 5 stars It's About time! 15 Nov. 2012
By Valentine Hooven - Published on Amazon.com
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You could make a pretty good case for claiming that the Twentieth Century happened more in Germany than in all the rest of the world put together. That's a heavy weight for a country to bear and it seems like most contemporary German writers (Gunter Grass?) are engrossed in dealing with that ponderous past. Finally, with Niederwieser we have an author who brings past and present together but with the emphasis on the present. And he does it with interesting characters and an entertaining story whose main plot is unabashedly gay. Melding reader-friendly prose with soul-enhancing poetry is a rare accomplishment. This author makes it look easy. We need more of his work available in English!
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