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‘Stunning…Sorry thrills, and it thrills immaculately’
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
‘As dark a novel as I have read in years…for those with quick minds and strong stomachs, Sorry is an impressive debut’
‘Very dark, very sinister, very original’
About the Author
Zoran Drvenkar was born in Croatia in 1967 and moved to Germany when he was three years old. He has been working as a writer since 1989 and doesn’t like to be pinned down to one genre. He has written over twenty novels, ranging from children’s and young adult books to the darker crime novels Sorry and You. In 2010, Sorry won Germany’s Friedrich Glauser Prize for crime fiction. He lives in an old mill outside Berlin.
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However, this book is breathtaking in its ambition and in its combination of styles and structures - a deeply dark, mysterious thriller and chiller that is written in a manner that moves between the first [singular and plural], second and third person, is narrated by a range of characters not all of whom are identified and some of whom are certainly unreliable, and shifting in time between its eight parts and their chapters some of which are headed ‘Before’, ‘In Between’ and ‘After’.
At first this might seem overly confusing and the book demands the reader’s attention. However, the author and translator have combined to create a novel that is never less than completely engaging. This is no post-modernist ‘exercise’ but a cleverly thought through and engrossing series of interconnected storylines, almost all of which some might find distressing.
The somewhat unlikely premise is that four friends, Frauke, Tamara and the brothers Wolf and Kris have set up an agency, called SORRY [personally I though ABSOLUTION would have been a better, though less catchy, title for both the agency and book], to offer apologies on behalf of representatives of organisations that are unable or unwilling to say ‘sorry’ themselves. The agency is successful but then they are approached to say sorry to a woman who they find nailed to an apartment wall; they are then asked to dispose of the body. The book opens with a particularly violent chapter and prospective readers might be advised to read this to determine whether this is a story that they can stomach.
Certainly drvenkar’s story does not get any less bloodthirsty with psychological tricks, murders and – what for many will be an unsurmountable barrier – graphic descriptions of the physical and mental activities of paedophiles. The plotting is complex in the extreme but its unreality is forgotten as the author never lessens his grip on the reader. This is partly because Drvenkar entitles some of his chapters ‘You’ in which the reader is placed in the position of the killer, plotting and executing his crimes and revealing aspects of his backstory.
When at last the reader is beginning to understand the book’s structure and complexity, a new character is revealed, ‘The Man Who Wasn’t There’, and the mysteries proliferate. In a particularly clever ending identities are revealed and, even if one is not so surprising, the tension is maintained to the final pages.
As the killer increases his demands on the friends, Drvenkar shows very clearly the stresses that this creates as each responds to the situation. This means that they may have to deceive their friends, sometimes with disastrous consequences. Earlier he creates a convincing contrast between the four unemployed and rather aimless friends doing, or not doing, their own things and their activities as a team. Throughout the characters and their actions are believable within the situations that they find themselves. Only after finishing the book does the author’s success at getting the reader to suspend belief fully dawn.
If you can complete the first chapter then I think that you will find, as I did, this to be a genuinely tormenting thriller.
It is apparent that Drvenkar wants "Sorry" to be more literary than most thrillers of this kind; for example, he switches between first, second, and third person narration and the narrator often draws attention to the nature of the tale he is narrating. However, despite Drvenkar's efforts, the prose sometimes felt overwritten, there were several longueurs, the plot was often unbelievable, and the main characters did not come alive for me.
So why have I given "Sorry" four stars? A moving back story involving two childhood friends and their loss of innocence described a relationship that was believable and compelling, and also by the end there was some clever plotting and a satisfying resolution.
an effort to read.
There are some pretty graphic (though not gratuitous, I felt) descriptions of paedophilia and we see these through the eyes of victim and perpetrator. There are also some gruesomely violent scenes but it is in the stories of the protagonists that the real interest exists. The author looks at how evil events affect good people, how people may be driven to act outside their characters when placed in extreme circumstances, how friendship and love can be used and corrupted.
The book is told from several viewpoints - mainly third person, but sometimes first and even second. The author uses this device to leave a trail of confusion over who is guilty and who innocent. This could easily have destroyed the flow of the story but Drvenkar handled it with such skill that it added to the growing sense of tension and unease. I found myself suspecting each person in turn and was impressed by how the author managed to bring all the different strands together to a satisfying though bleak conclusion.
I found the start slow and wasn't immediately attracted to the characters. However as the novel progressed I became increasingly gripped and, as the characters reacted to the events, they developed and grew until I became compelled to know what would happen to them. From about half way through I was completely involved and ended up staying up half the night to finish. And just a word in praise of the translator, Shaun Whiteside, who did such a good job I rarely remembered that I was reading a translation. Highly recommended.
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