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Der Verdacht by Friedrich Durrenmatt
Der Verdacht by Friedrich Durrenmatt
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is the second and last novel about inspector Bärlach, who was in his final year of stomach cancer.

The first part is the development of a far fetched suspicion: a picture of a concentration camp doctor reminded Bärlach's doctor of an old schoolmate, who was supposedly in Chile between 1938 and 1945 and now ran a sucessful clinic in Zurich. Speculations were developed and Bärlach decided to investigate on private capacity as a patient with a false identity. Despite the surreal suspicion, it promises an interesting investigation.

The second part is as much to readers' despair as to Bärlach's. While the first part is full of indications of a… Read more
The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt
The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Western "values", Oct. 7 2009
It says all about Western "values". Mr. Ill was a thorough scoundrel but perhaps didn't deserve the death sentence even under the harshest law. Ms. Zachanassian was the rag-to-rich through marriage and inheritance, ironically also the victim turned manipulator of all evils. The Gülleners were perfectly willing to sell their collective "conscience and humanity" for "economic neccessity", nevertheless put on a self-righteous show like a prostitute preaching chastity. The abolishment of death penalty in certain lands in the name of "humanity" obviously could make an exception for a large check. While Ill was sentenced and prosecuted without a trial befitting the "Western justice system",… Read more
Symphonies 1 & 2 ~ Ari Rasilainen Deutsche&hellip
Symphonies 1 & 2 ~ Ari Rasilainen Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The German label CPO appears more dedicated to Swedish music than Sweden's own BIS, whose latest business model falls into 3 lines: thematic compilations for the stargazers, everything including the kitchen sink for the completists, and crossovers for the cultural dilettanti. After churning out Rangström, Atterberg, Wirén and Pettersson cycles, CPO turns to Natanael Berg, a contemporary of the Swedish Romantics, while BIS can only claim an Alfven cycle.

Among the Romantics, Berg is obviously the weaker one far less interesting than Atterberg or Alfven. Like many other late Romantics who fail to gain a niche market in this more open-minded age, Berg wasn't able to… Read more

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