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THE BENEFICIARY - Konig, Barbara (Translated by Roslyn Theobald)
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Casemate Publisher & Book Dist.. 2012. Book Club Edition. . Trade paperback. New. BRAND NEW Book Club edition. 203 p. 9" x 6" . Review by Gerhard L. WeinbergIn the 1970s Baron Rudolf-Christoph von Gersdorff-an important figure among the tiny number of German officers who turned against Hitler and hoped to kill him-wrote these memoirs to which his daughter provides an introduction; both now published for the first time. The reader is provided with an excellent account of how an aristocrat from the Silesian portion of Germany became an officer in the German army of the Weimar Republic and turned against Hitler before the war, not as it was being lost as others did. While the account of the military operations in the parts of World War II in which he was involved include the usual shifting of blame for all errors to Adolf Hitler, it is within that account that Gersdorff offers fascinating insight into the group of officers in the headquarters of German Army Group Center on the Eastern Front who repeatedly tried to kill Hitler. One of those attempts involved Gersdorff blowing himself up along with Hitler, which was aborted when the Führer quite quickly left the building where this was to occur. The author shows how obviously criminal orders, such as those calling for the killing of captured Soviet political officers, influenced some officers to resist. The practical issues of acquiring appropriate explosives for an assassination attempt receive the attention they deserve. The reaction of officers to the acceptance of a huge bribe from Hitler by army group commander Field Marshal Günter von Kluge is striking, though Gersdorff at the time of writing the memoirs did not know that all field marshals, full generals, and equivalent naval officers accepted bribes as well. Those readers interested in the tactical development of the war on the Western Front will be interested to read here an account by an important German staff officer involved inextricating troops from the Falaise pocket into which they had been trapped after the Allied breakout from the Normandy beachhead. Here there is also the German side of General Patton's disastrous raid to attempt the freeing of American prisoners of war held in the Hammelburg camp. After the German surrender, Gersdorff finds himself shunned and even physically threatened by other German prisoners of war who learn of his opposition to the Nazi regime that they had served faithfully into its final days. After his release, Gersdorff muses, not surprisingly, on how he had come to escape the secret police as one of the very few who had been involved in theplots against Hitler to survive when so many of those with whom he had been associated had been killed or had committed suicide to avoid naming others under torture. Readers will think it only appropriate that after his release from prisoner of war camp, Gersdorff played a significant role in a major charitable organization. ., 2012, Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1993. First Edition. First Printing.. Hardcover. As New/As New Dust Jacket.. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1993. Hardcover. As New/As New. First Edition/First Printing. 116 pages. The author's first novel to be translated into English. One of the finest literary works of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Barbara Konig's "The Beneficiary" in a felicitous English translation. Widely acknowledged to be her masterpiece. "Have you been able to exist for 35 years knowing that you aren't really living your own life but someone else's? That's the real question in German writer Konig's thought-provoking novel. Toward the end of the Second World War, a man named Mommsen, an unwilling accomplice in a plot to blow up a bridge, was condemned to be executed. Unbeknownst to him, another prisoner, a chaplain, takes his place in front of the firing squad. Now 35 years later, the chaplain's sacrifice is being memorialized, and reporters, citizens, and even Mommsen's wife want to know: Was it worth it? But Mommsen, busy building the success of his real-estate firm, never gave much thought at all to the chaplain's sacrifice, having seen himself less as a beneficiary than as the man who made another man a hero. Mommsen does eventually do his share of soul-searching but Konig has an ironic touch, neatly steering her terse, episodic narrative away from the maudlin and the simplistic. Readers willing to spend a little time and effort thinking about what makes a life worthwhile will be intrigued" (Publisher's blurb) . An absolute "must-have" title for Barbara Konig collectors. <b><i> This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. </b></i> One of the finest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BARBARA KONIG TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). 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Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1993. First Edition. First Printing.. Hardcover. As New/As New Dust Jacket.. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1993. Hardcover. As New/As New. First Edition/First Printing. 116 pages. The author's first novel to be translated into English. One of the finest literary works of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Barbara Konig's "The Beneficiary" in a felicitous English translation. Widely acknowledged to be her masterpiece. "Have you been able to exist for 35 years knowing that you aren't really living your own life but someone else's? That's the real question in German writer Konig's thought-provoking novel. Toward the end of the Second World War, a man named Mommsen, an unwilling accomplice in a plot to blow up a bridge, was condemned to be executed. Unbeknownst to him, another prisoner, a chaplain, takes his place in front of the firing squad. Now 35 years later, the chaplain's sacrifice is being memorialized, and reporters, citizens, and even Mommsen's wife want to know: Was it worth it? But Mommsen, busy building the success of his real-estate firm, never gave much thought at all to the chaplain's sacrifice, having seen himself less as a beneficiary than as the man who made another man a hero. Mommsen does eventually do his share of soul-searching but Konig has an ironic touch, neatly steering her terse, episodic narrative away from the maudlin and the simplistic. Readers willing to spend a little time and effort thinking about what makes a life worthwhile will be intrigued" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Barbara Konig collectors. <b><i> This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. </b></i> One of the finest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BARBARA KONIG TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0810111055., Northwestern University Press, 1993

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Herr Mommsen's life was spared thirty-five years ago during World War II when a priest voluntarily took his place before a firing squad. Now, when the incident is suddenly revealed, he finds himself bombarded with questions about how it felt to be the beneficiary of such a sacrifice. Barbara K?nig's delicate novel reveals what happens when the unremarkable Mommsen is forced to examine his ordinary existence in the context of this extraordinary event. contemporary,education and reference,fiction,literary,literature and fiction Education & Reference, Northwestern University Press

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How have you been able to exist for thirty-five years knowing that you aren't really living your own life, but someone else's? Mommsen's life was spared thirty-five years ago in World War II when a priest voluntarily took his place before a military firing squad. Now, at a commemoration of the incident, he finds himself bombarded with questions from journalists and others about "how it felt" to be the beneficiary of this sacrifice and about the difference it has made to his life. Barbara Konig's delicately ironic novel reveals what happens when the unremarkable Mommsen, who has never considered these issues or his life very closely, is forced to examine his ordinary existence in the context of this extraordinary event. You didn't ask why, you just let it happen? The priest's act of pure altruism has left Mommsen selfless as well; his passivity in the face of the priest's sacrifice has informed his entire life. His fulfilling career, loving wife, comfortable home suddenly seem as random and arbitrary, as inexplicable as the priest's act: "Still he cannot seem to discover a chronology in the course of his life". And if Chaplain Schorr were suddenly standing in front of you and asked: I gave you thirty-five years and what have done with them? How would you answer him? Searching for answers to these new and increasingly compelling questions, Mommsen loses interest in his work and grows alienated from his wife of twenty-two years as he struggles to comprehend the meaning of the priest's sacrifice, the burden of his role as beneficiary, and the significance of both their lives.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780810111059
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0810111055
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Erscheinungsjahr: 1993
Herausgeber: NORTHWESTERN UNIV PR
117 Seiten
Gewicht: 0,281 kg
Sprache: eng/Englisch

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