- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: MacLehose Press; paperback / softback edition (4 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847245188
- ISBN-13: 978-1847245182
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death in Breslau: An Eberhard Mock Investigation Paperback – 4 Sep 2008
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'As noir as they get. Steeped in a rank air of cynicism and fear ... Danusia Stock's translation is terse and gripping ... this complex and atmospheric thriller will find many fans' Independent. (Independent)
'Krajewski has Mankell's sharp eye for detail, but he has, too, a more sophisticated frame of reference that may intrigue fans of Umberto Eco and Boris Akunin ... Death In Breslau is a stylish, intelligent and original addition to the canon' Financial Times. (Financial Times)
'The city of Breslau is as much a character in this thriller as the parade of gothic loons that inhabit it ... this addictive soup has an air of the burlesque about it' Daily Telegraph. (Daily Telegraph)
'Wonderful' Guardian. (Guardian)
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Krajewski relishes the period detail as takes us from bloody interrogation cells to Madame LeGoef's sweaty bordello ... Sex and sadism dominate ... above all you get the sense that Krajewski is enjoying teasing and tormenting us with numerous examples of the violent coming together of eroticism and the body-politic. In this respect, Death in Breslau is strongly reminiscent of Alain Robbe-Grillet's Repetition ... What's haunting about Krajewski's book, however, is that the worst was yet to come - Independent on Sunday --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Its a shame you cant enjoy a book twice the same way you did the first time.
The regional german city of Breslau is the setting, in 1933, as the Nazi's start to take control of every aspect of urban life. (Breslau is now the large poliash city of Wrocslaw). Heavy summer heat,depravity and the endless twists and turns of patronage, from Nazi thugs to aristocratic perverts, makes this a dizzy and desperate tale of the times.
The actual crime fiction elememts are fairly standard but its the wonderful feel of the novel that draws you in, be warned though, this isnt a jolly read, the perversions and violence are nilhistic and unsettling.
Not quite similar to Mankell with his questioning,intellectual mastery but a thinking persons novel of stifling summer heart and suspense.
Like Rankin, Krajewski is in love with a city - in this case Breslau - and lovingly details its cafes, restaurants, buildings and streets. Unfortunately he is as meticulous in recording the torture inflicted by the SS and by Mock and his assistant. Sexual and physical violence seep from every pore of his characters, from the effete barons with their exquisite paintings and orgies, to the red-faced sweating SS torturer.
If I've made the book sound nasty, it is. Not just sex and violence, but scorpions also creep through its pages.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the names and plot very confusing and the characters all have some strange perversions which seems a little contrived.Published 10 months ago by Alan Smith
The author Marek Krajewski, b. 1966, has published a quartet of books featuring Kriminaldirektor Eberhard Mock; they are set in Breslau, the present-day Wrocław, and Death in... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dr R
I love reading crime fiction from other countries, so I eagerly snapped up this first book of a Polish series featuring a police detective working in the German city of Breslau in... Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2014 by A. Ross
Depends how gruesome you like your detective novels. To be fair, this isn't just a detective novel as it's set in the period when the SS held sway and involves all kinds of... Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2014 by Mrs. P. C. Liu-devereux
A dull and unpleasant tale. It is either badly translated, or the translator is aiming to give it an exotic feel, but either way, the language is very stilted and it's not a... Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2014 by eiamjw
well written book with a very involved plot, second hand but good condition as stated on the website good value all roundPublished on 13 Feb. 2014 by bling
The gloomy and decadent Breslau setting is definitely the star of the show - the policing takes a back seat.Published on 4 Jan. 2014 by Matthew of Melk