In 1924, two young are born, which – are away from each other to maintain more than 80 years, a casual relationship and meet each other regulary!
<- despite their diametrically different characters, conceptions of life and the physical distance between them. p> Anton Bluhm comes in Hanover to the world. His father Johann has a paper mill. he gets violently to feel the effects of inflation; the orders go back. Since he hears from a lucrative business in which to get involved financially. In the vaulted cellar of a former convent, the Amselhof near Munich, is suffering a Jewish scientist in secret, but wealthy buyers from the upper class can take the success of his work already in inspection – an unprecedented procedure in which since the Middle Ages, many bright minds the teeth hard nut, but also many charlatans have enriched: It’s about alchemy, specifically inferior to transform metals into pure gold.
With much fanfare is well audible and visible simmered in boilers until the end of the conversion a shiny gold nugget comes to light. At the end Johann Bluhm believes and invests in shares – for the most dismay of his wife Catherine.
She is Catholic. Who makes gold, she believes, is the devil in the league, and to get involved with the bring nothing but misfortune.
Franz coin (a speaking name ?) Is born in Munich and his father Hubert is the banker who moves in with a general the strings behind the fraudulent production company “alchemist”. At the sent reared humbug belief in miracles and greed of people exploits, the bankers earned a fortune. Johann Bluhm however, draws the short straw: He will not even get back his bet and the vultures are calling for his hearty bite.
At the end of the paper mill and the beautiful villa in Hannover perdu.
Even as a child’s Anton his mother’s promise to destroy all the devil’s work to avenge the gullible father and all back in one day what the alchemists them took. (Unfortunately, the “infantile omnipotence fantasy” (p 46) are not worked out in further course of action at a tension-creating motif.)
father John, a Protestant, is henceforth completely immune human against all kinds of miracles provenance. When he visited with his son Munich and shows him the fatal house of the alchemist, he conjures him that he would never fall for a human savior. Only “God can perform miracles, people do not” (p 59). Anton, only ten years old, but precocious – Melville’s “Moby Dick” is his birthday present, and he loves it – absorbs the parental guiding principle. He is a thoroughly rational embossed thinker.
The fate connects to the two protagonists Anton and Franz from the moment they meet each other by chance. The two Hitler Youth seconded as harvest workers to a farmer in the Holstein Switzerland. The sports-minded, well-trained and enthusiastic Franz plays on, sneers at the Bookworm Anton and tattered front of everyone whose favorite book “Moby Dick”. True, he had not reckoned with Anton’s death-defying defense – then Franz draws prefer his tail. And then there is also a strange circular wound in the middle of Anton’s forehead. Anton had drawn up in another brawl, but when she bleeding tears, she appears Franz as a sign that his companion must be a Sage with leadership qualities. Without that Anton really knows what hit him, Franz appointed him squad leader and salutes with Hitler salute.
The two boys return relatively unscathed from the war back. While Franz had volunteered as a paratrooper in the Air Force, Anton was often ailing shirk inserts. This will now employed by the British headquarters. For the German postwar readership he should want to appear in a week to be issued Journal translate articles from the English-language press. Thus enters the historically interested in the first place and savvy Anton, who was then busy with the Greek historian Thucydides, the field of political journalism and characterizes it in the end even when he gives his media empire in Hanover; He worked his life to his chronicle “From the fall of the nation of poets and thinkers” without being able to ever accomplish.
In Munich, meanwhile, had changed a lot. Father Hubert, who with Nazi gold – the gold teeth of those killed in the concentration camps – shady dealings had made, was arrested by the Americans. On his return he smuggled Franz, although the own dreams for the future had in the familiar empire of banking one. This is called anticipatory act, because again a (economic) miracle will happen again, and this time it’s Francis, who makes a fortune in the golden years of reconstruction.
Gisela Stellys novel “alchemist” is a Parforce- ride through the times over four generations. After engrossing start all history defining events and trends are plucked the decades: Vietnam war, peace demonstrations, student and hippie movement, free love, “Red Army Faction” Communist redistribution concepts fall of the wall, the computer age, bubble, stock market crash, the Twin Tower attack – but little of this long chain is designed so that it would remain in a sustainable memory. Events are outlined, torn developments fall portentous keywords and promised voltage – but all this up like a series of waves up to us, and hardly us claps the Gischtkrone a wave face, she’s already gone, and the next rushes about us time. Lack sharpening seasoning, to rousing commitment of profundity. So we feel the way too broad family novel as a whole constructed. Even a reduction to fewer, more alive, convincing designed characters would have brought profit
In response, I found the beautiful, carefully designed style of speech. the objective, soft, unemotional tone in quiet narrative flow remembered Hermann Hesse and can produce similar moods – although the old master as a newfangled anglicized as “Franz recalled a story” sure, let alone come down on paper would not mind.
Gisela Stelly 20 years, was married to “mirror” founder Rudolf Augstein. In August 2012, the author admitted in an interview with NDR one about her book that Anton Bluhm wearing distinctive traits Rudolf Augstein. Incorruptibility draw their protagonists – and have also made Augstein an outstanding personality