Dirk Kurbjuweit wurde am 3. November in Wiesbaden geboren. Nach seinem Abitur studierte er Volkswirtschaftslehre und besuchte die Kölner. DIRK KURBJUWEIT: Emma habe ich über ihren Mann, den Dichter Georg Herwegh kennengelernt. Ich las sehr viele Gedichte und Werke von ihm und viel über. Dirk Kurbjuweit, geboren in Wiesbaden, war Redakteur der „Zeit“, seit arbeitet er für den „Spiegel“. Er hat bislang sechs hochgelobte Romane.
Dirk Kurbjuweit im Interview mit Karla PaulDirk Kurbjuweit, geboren , war von 19Redakteur bei der Zeit in Hamburg und arbeitet seit als Reporter beim Spiegel in Berlin. Dirk Kurbjuweit, geboren in Wiesbaden, war Redakteur der „Zeit“, seit arbeitet er für den „Spiegel“. Er hat bislang sechs hochgelobte Romane. Dirk Kurbjuweit wurde am 3. November in Wiesbaden geboren. Nach seinem Abitur studierte er Volkswirtschaftslehre und besuchte die Kölner.
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How much of Dirk Kurbjuweit's work have you seen? Known For. The Loneliness of the Crocodiles Writer. Le coup de feu Writer.
Angst Writer. Jump to: Writer Actor Self. Self - Der Spiegel. Helplessness is humiliating. As a man I was expected to protect my family from Herr T, but I was unable and unwilling to assume the role of a Hollywood hero.
Tiefenthaler did not rehabilitate me or avenge me, but he did live out the consequences of such an act for me. One problem with the novel is that it is expected to be more plausible than life.
A fictional narrative, on the other hand, has to be convincing. That is another paradox: fiction must appear real, while reality may appear unreal as long as it is substantiated.
There is, however, one such coincidence in my own life: I grew up with weapons and learnt to shoot as a child. When the lawyer offered us a gun, things seemed to come full circle, as if all my life had been building up to this one shot.
The moment that made a novel out of my life was almost too extreme for a novel. But Randolph Tiefenthaler decided that he had learnt to shoot as a child.
That was fine by me. I was able to tell him a little about what it meant. Interestingly, a lot of people now report on their own lives, on Facebook or Twitter.
In these live tickers of day-to-day existence, anyone can experience the feeling of being part of a grand narrative. In the past such position taking was almost exclusively the reserve of people like me — writers.
What distinguishes these posts on social networks from newspaper stories is that they tend to focus on the individual, rather than on the outside world.
What distinguishes them from the novel is that they report almost entirely on successful lives. Nothing hurts on Facebook or Twitter; you show your cheerful side and respond positively to whatever happens.
What distinguishes the self-narratives on Facebook or Twitter from reportage and the novel is that they do not, on the whole, point beyond themselves.
In principle it works in an opposite way to the novel: while the novel uses the life of a fictionalised individual to evoke the lives and thoughts of many people, the multiple reports on Facebook reflect the ordinariness of each individual.
Thus the written image of reality is changing. Journalism and fiction are turning to stories that are eye-catching and action-packed, while social networks report on everyday existence.
In that respect they are more normative than the hyped-up lives on display in newspapers, magazines and novels. I kept a diary while Herr T was stalking us.
So verstehe ich Logik. Und so habe ich es erlebt. Beim Vergewissern, was ich nicht bin, tauchten in meinem Kopf überfallartig Bilder auf, die da nie waren.
Ich sah das, was ich nicht mit meinen Kindern tat, nie getan hatte, nie tun würde. Ich ergänze mein Bewusstsein um die Negation, ungewollt.
Mein Kopf wurde zur Hölle, ich war nicht mehr ich, sondern minus-ich, mein iegenes Gegenteil. Topics Mentioning This Author.
Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Fear 3. Sort order. Start your review of Fear. The story is narrated by Randolph, an architect who finds that he, his wife and two children are stalked by their neighbour.
The neighbour writes letters and poetry to Randolph's wife, and more worryingly, makes false accusations to the authorities saying they sexually abuse their children.
Although the story outlines a middle aged man's attempt to cause as much fear and intimidation as he possibly can for his neighbours, his story actually takes something of a backseat, the main focus being on Randolph.
The author gives a detailed characterisation of Randolph going back to his childhood- the depth of which is astonishing, and yet, I still don't feel as if I knew him at all, and what's worse is I really didn't care.
On a more positive note there was a twist at the end that I wasn't expecting, but it came too late to save it for me. Set in Berlin, 'Fear' has been translated into English, and I just don't know if something was lost in translation, but it just didn't do it for me, it held such promise but didn't live up to it.
View all 74 comments. First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Dirk Kurbjuweit and House of Anansi for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.
Spurred on by having it fit into a current book challenge topic a book translated from its original language , I thought it could serve a double purpose, as I toil through the dark and anger-filled Ge First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Dirk Kurbjuweit and House of Anansi for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.
Spurred on by having it fit into a current book challenge topic a book translated from its original language , I thought it could serve a double purpose, as I toil through the dark and anger-filled German narrative.
Randolph Tiefenthaler is a man who has lived in the shadow of fear for his entire life, beginning with the terror his mother felt while he was still in utero during the Cuban Missile Crisis and continued on while living in Cold War West Germany.
Offsetting the political fear was the emotional instability at home, where a domineering father ran the house as he saw fit.
Tiefenthaler, who takes the role of narrator through this piece, explores the fear of his marriage to Rebecca, as they grow further apart and appear to remain together solely for their children.
However, it is the introduction of the downstairs neighbour, Dieter Tiberius, that evokes the most fear and anger in the story.
In a narrative that constantly oscillates between the aforementioned past revelations and a current situation, Herr Tiberius begins a peaceable coexistence with the Tiefenthaler family, but things soon take a turn when handwritten love notes turn sour and allegations of child abuse are lobbed at Randolph and Rebecca.
As Randolph seeks to quell the fires, his anger pushes him to the brink, particularly when he feels the law offers Tiberius carte blanche to continue his conniving ways.
With hatred in his heart and a father who is a known marksman, Tiefenthaler must decide how to neutralise his fear once and for all. The narrative points to an end-game that was adjudicated by the courts, but a twist in the story leaves the reader somewhat shocked.
An interesting exploration of German angst and anger in literary form, Kurbjuweit offers readers an interesting story, though I cannot say I was fully enthralled.
However, the premise of the novel is interesting, particularly the ongoing struggle to come to terms with an offended neighbour whose personal agenda is unknown.
While the story does progress, the delivery of the backstory is a little tepid, almost detached and told in a less than involved manner.
This could be due to the translation, but I felt as though Kurbjuweit was using the first person narrative to allow Randolph to deliver his life history is a speech format.
I felt as though I was missing something throughout, waiting for the other part of the story to fall into place, even with some of the self-doubt woven into Randolph and Rebecca throughout the piece.
Interesting work, Herr Kurbjuweit, for this piece, which speaks to the stereotypical German literary gloom and doom.
It served its purpose for my book challenge, though I am not sure I will rush back to read more of your translated work.
View all 20 comments. Jan 24, Louise Wilson rated it it was ok. Family is everything. So what if yours was being terrorised by a neighbour - a man who will not listen to reason.
And those you thought would help you - the police, your lawyer - can't help you. You become afraid to leave your family at home.
But there is nothing more you can do to help them. Oh dear, this is a bit of a slow burner that was sometimes a bit too slow. The story switches from modern day and the past.
I thought this was going to be a tense read but unfortunately it was far from it. I really hate to give negative reviews and I'm sure there will be plenty of readers who will disagree with me.
I would like to thank NetGalley, Orion Publishing Group and the author Dirk Kurbjuweit for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
View all 10 comments. Jul 20, Christine rated it it was amazing. Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit is for anyone who has ever had a nightmare neighbour.
I can still remember how I went out of my way to avoid a certain neighbour who lived in the flat beneath me. I still shudder at her annoying habits.
She used to bang on the ceiling at the slightest noise and whine at me. Fear traces the impact of Dieter Tiberius on one family.
It is inspired by events that actually took p Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit is for anyone who has ever had a nightmare neighbour.
It is inspired by events that actually took place and this shows. The scenario feels very authentic. One middle aged man becomes a nightmare problem for a family.
We find out that a man in his seventies is behind bars for his murder. What drove him to kill? Randolph is in his forties, an unhappily married professional with two children.
It is his father that has been convicted of murder. He recounts the tale of buying a flat and moving in. He encounters Dieter, a new neighbour.
A man described as fat and lazy. Yes, he makes an impression straight away. The relationship between Dieter and the family starts quite well, with gifts left.
A love letter is then found on the mat, addressed to the wife, Rebecca, which sparks bad feelings. Bizarre accusations of child sexual abuse are made.
Events escalate, as Dieter continues to act strangely and inappropriately. At what point does the family crack and decide to take matters into their own hands?
What makes a nice middle class German family kill? Oooo I really loved this one. It hit a nerve with me. I could completely empathise with the poor family demonised by their neighbour.
Dieter seems twisted and in turmoil about his childhood. He is a survivor of abuse. He seems to be projecting what he went through onto Randolph and Rebecca.
With the law seemingly useless in a situation of increasing intimidation and threats, it really is no wonder that the family feel isolated and fearful.
There seems to be no anwers from the law about how to proceed. Anyone in their position would move house as soon as they could. I would.
Dark, highly emotive and intensely sad. Someone should have seen the warning signs. No one should have to live with neighbours from hell. Highly recommended.
View all 8 comments. May 29, Simon rated it did not like it. Great premise. What do you do if a neighbour becomes a slanderous stalker who intimidates you and your family.
Themes and discussion in class, marriage, abuse, violence, law, politics, family, marriage are all here but sadly due to the narrator they're monosyllabic lectures of a privileged white middle class man with daddy issues.
I wanted it to be brilliant. It just made me very cross. I didn't even read it quickly.Dirk Kurbjuweit ist ein deutscher Journalist und Autor. Dirk Kurbjuweit (* 3. November in Wiesbaden) ist ein deutscher Journalist und Autor. Inhaltsverzeichnis. 1 Leben; 2 Rezeption; 3 Werke. Dirk Kurbjuweit. Jahrgang , studierte Volkswirtschaft und arbeitete von 19bei der "Zeit". Dann wechselte er zum SPIEGEL, war Reporter, Autor. Dirk Kurbjuweit, in Wiesbaden geboren, war von 19Redakteur bei der ZEIT, dann beim Nachrichtenmagazin Der Spiegel als Reporter.