The following sample essay on: “Death on the Danube from Michal Hvorecký Review”. Thriller, Danube Travel, European history class, satire processed a luxury package holiday on a Danube cruise ship, to a love affair that has everything the 1976 born in Bratislava Author Michal Hvorecký in his novel “Death on the Danube” to a complex overall construct. Michael Stavaric has translated it into German.
The title alone enticed to access, because of course everyone should equal “Death on the Nile”, the classic by Agatha Christie, associate.
But you do not think that would be cleared up here in the style of a well-kept Hercule Poirot! No:. Rather, we disposed of the dead as other debris, it throws overboard, leaving them the murky waters of the Danube
Martin Roy after several hard fire-drill training courses where extreme situations were staged to life, passed the test as a ship’s ladder. Now he carries the title cruise director and may on the ships of the American Danube Cruises, a renowned shipping company, which is represented in all the world’s oceans and currents, play the all-rounder.
For Martin, this is a dream come true, he still combines his love of the Danube river with the water vehicles in general. But he liked to quit his job as an award-winning, but hardly any attention to literary translators on the nail.
Now it is the passengers of the MS America, the most beautiful of all the Danube ships serve. 22 days trip to Regensburg takes to the Danube delta on the Black Sea.
His charges are 120 well-heeled Americans, most heavyweight ( “a hanging belly up to the knees”) and all white (for African Americans the journey is always fully booked); their average age is 73 years. A lady comes from Donau, a small town in Minnesota ( “Dunaj v Amerike”, that is the title of the novel). From now on, Martin will be guests day and night services, read them every whim.
carries the nautical responsibility captain Atanasiu Prunea, downstream the luxury liner with 25 years of service experience and usually drunken precision directs. With education and intellect, he is against not exactly blessed: His English is rudimentary, it is why the newcomers aboard thickly radebrechend welcomed: “I welcome to you!”
Martin must give them considerably more to offer. Because a content is not intended for him. So he has to hope for generous tips and especially at the end of every guest can show a “excellent” rating. To this end, he builds the longed adjective in every dialogue, so that it install in the active vocabulary of the target audience that “desires excellent meal!” The forms are later checked meticulously, in the headquarters in Chicago, an institution comparable to “the secret police of a totalitarian regime”
The seniors have traveled a lot and have fancy have indulged in. “Hotel facilities at seabed, skiing in the Arabian desert. ” For their 8000 US dollars starting price they expect Austrian-Slovak postcard idyll with all comforts, unforgettable events and sufficient alcohol.
Be glad that no cab was free for you. They were desperately amid the moppernden, morbid, stupid, decadent philistines. “Martin, what’s Baroque?” – “In you need you not to worry … Baroque was an Italian-political dictatorship that prevailed before the Gothic in Europe Very bad, obscure and dangerous..!” – “Good thing we do not have in America!” If a quarter of Americans Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi deem fictional personalities have never heard of Mauthausen, Stalin, assign the bastard, the Nazis, then silent Martins courtesy better where but any correction his tip and the prospect of a positive rating detracts .
While we just enjoy ourselves even more delicious, the tone of the author suggests to. Chapter way you feel transported into the jargon of an informative Guide. Guide Martin explains in detail what to say to the temporary floating cities, landscapes, monasteries, castles and other attractions – about architecture, historical backgrounds and other remarkable. We learn of the demise of the old, glorious Europe along the Danube, from the systematic persecution of Jews, the signal to the wall opening in Hungary, the Balkan War, one of Romania’s misery under dictator Nicolae Ceaus, escu and on the current situation in the southeastern states, where Mafia, corruption and crime prevail. These passages are content counterpoints that the author is not fluent, but quite discordant and oddly inappropriate the sharp caricature scenes of grotesque American way of life opposes.
Cooped in buses are the Yanks carted into the pampas to be and in the village natives guest to be cooked nuts. Martin is proud of its innovative product “incredible real life experience”, in which the food – just between us – is fresh from the kitchen … unerringly schippert our dream ship the Delta and face Destruction. Then Martins Nightmares End; he can return to his books.
With excellent recommendation not only for your next Danube cruise!