Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Western Romania are two regions in Europe, the more slumber of our consciousness at the edge. Both are considered rural and backward. Our picture of Romania characterize Pictures of Transylvanian vampires and neglected children’s homes at the end of Ceauşescu < dictatorship in the. Oliver Bottini tells a complex story that entwines around these two locations. It’s about the education of a series of current murders and crimes of the past. Police investigations are exciting, albeit little surprise charged, especially as revealed soon, who the murderer is.
In addition to the Krimiplot the author other issues are also at the heart associated with the political and economic changes after the collapse of the Eastern bloc and the opening to the West.
“settlement” was called after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the dissolution socially owned enterprises ( “VEB”) as part of the re-privatization of state property in the GDR. The organization was a newly created authority, the THA, which should operate on purely economic criteria in hands.
The offers potent corporations for ailing state enterprises could not refuse, even though many players had nothing but rapid gain in mind. The little people often did not stay more than unemployment, deserted villages, the move to the West. There, however, they faced the competition of cheap labor from the former Eastern Bloc countries, such as Romania. Jörg Marthen, the protagonist is, like his friend Maik Winter exemplary of the many who have been affected by the huge upheavals and genuine effort to shape their destiny active.
In the granary Romania are gigantic fields fallow. There Jörg Marthen will venture a new beginning and raise a modern farm in Banat. But long since completely different caliber are there competitors go to the impoverished and inexperienced farmers for little money wheedle their country. Systematically accumulate cash-rich western European companies, even Americans and Arabs, huge lands for corn, soybean and corn monocultures. In this modern form of land grab still intact old functionary cliques help. Corruption and organized crime good work fine, while the new democratic system can do little. Soon, nearly forty percent of Romania’s arable land in foreign hands, however, four million small farmers remains so little that it is hardly enough to survive. The country must now itself expensive grain shopping abroad.
An individual like Jörg Marthen has in this mixed little chance, however much he may toil. Under the strain breaks his marriage, and his daughter Lisa pulls it back to Prenzlin. But their home is see them no more, for she is murdered. Who may have committed this act? Lisa’s friend, who hoped to get closer? A hired assassin on behalf of the companies, breaking the Jörg, beat him out of the field who want to have his country? With the elucidation of the precarious case the detectives Ioan Cozma and Ciprian Rusu ( “Cippo”) are entrusted. The two friendly mid-fifties already see counter-retirement, do their job but with the care of the old school. However, it has its service with the Securitate, Ceauşescu < s dreaded secret police, leaving a lot of very dark patches on their jackets, they more and gewärtig are that the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes knocks with them. ‘
Bottinis application rich, engrossing to the end of the novel is packed with rousing contemporary issues, the research started well and has processed by hand. He describes how the vaunted as the century events developments – feel from the perspective of affected ordinary citizens – Wall and reunification, the peaceful enlargement of Europe to the east, globalization. Detail and rich in detail, he designed representative individual fates, as it has given them by the thousands. In common is that the political development done in their lives more harm than good has brought. Over the entire plot weighs heavily the darkness of the Ceauşescu < -Vergangenheit.
Hundreds of anonymous dead, buried in holes in the ground and only now recovered, reminiscent of the still not reclaimed executions and killings during the dictatorship. A fictional character is the preserved in the public memory images of neglected children in dilapidated homes life. So that his people may grow strong, Ceauşescu < in 1966 had decreed any contraception and abortion prohibited as long as a family had fewer than four children. Therefore countless babies were born, the desperately poor with their parents were undesirable. Many were disabled because their mothers had tried to drive off in their distress itself. Petre is one such “decreţel”, the fifth child of a family. Like many others, he ends up in homes where the Securitate selects the healthy and promotes while Miss educated are locked away in unspeakable institutions or underground cellars.
Not only the content rendering performance sound and broad-based, but also the literary quality of the novel deserves recognition. Again and again the reader unusual formulations and syntaxes that enhance the action key episodes ( “face within seconds short, grotesque dance, the impact of the balls he danced to the left, then right, left again, the braid flew, schlackerten the long arms “-” the evenings had brought salvation then, in the dark, the narrow country had become far “-” again, the search for Marthen, who did not answer the phone “). In order not to lose track of the countless figures, the six-page of names is very helpful. Oliver Bottinis Agree recommendatory novel leaves no one to look away, so depressing, painful and gloomy is his substance.