Filter

  • All
  • Book search
  • Author search
  • Genre
  • View More
Am Seil

Roped Together

Published by Diogenes as Am Seil
Original Title: Am Seil

Based on true events, this is a story of intelligent resistance and civic courage in times of inhumanity, then and now.

Award-winning author Erich Hackl draws a vivid picture of Second World War Vienna – and of the fate of people leaving the city, to start new lives in Iran, Australia, China and other places.

How the taciturn Vienna craftsman and passionate mountaineer Reinhold Duschka came to save two Jewish lives during the Nazi reign of terror. How he managed to hide Regina Steinig and her daughter Lucia in his workshop over four years. How the three of them, tied by an invisible rope, survived thanks to good fortune and mutual trust. What happened afterwards. This meticulously researched story develops an incredible undertow, while affecting the reader deeply.

Featured in New Books in German.


General Fiction
128 pages
2018

978-3-257-07032-3

World rights are handled by Diogenes
(except Spanish rights)

<
>

»Even if Roped Together recounts the most terrible things, the book possesses a hopeful radiance.«

ORF TV, Vienna

»[. . .] a story of displacement and survival which explores the bonds of friendship and family. [. . .] The work not only paints a vivid picture of the hardships forced upon people by war and separation, but also depicts the ravelling and unravelling of relationships as a fact of life in times of peace and freedom.«

New Books in German, London

»Roped Together reads like an exciting case record based on circumstantial evidence to investigate a case of moral courage.«

Martin Doerry / Der Spiegel, Hamburg

»With Roped Together, Erich Hackl has produced an insistent lesson on empathy.«

Katja Gasser / ORF 1, Vienna

»… jumps from a third-person to a first-person narrator. This simple trick gives the deliberately matter-of-fact and simply told story an emotionality that is at the same time distressing and impressive.«

Melanie Brandl / Münchner Merkur

»A book, reduced to the essentials, so that nothing appears to be embellished.«

Peter Pisa / Kurier, Vienna

»… his books, which capture the Nazi past in chronicles of loss, grief and death, are complex sums of many little moments of remembering and forgetting. […] Small form, great art.«

Profil, Vienna

»A great book that erects a monument to Reinhold Duschka, who was a modest man all of his life. Required reading at school!«

Andreas Wallentin / WDR 5, Cologne

»One of Austria’s virtuoso masters of language, who has done more to correct our image of history than a dozen historians put together.«

Thomas Rothschild / Die Presse, Vienna

»The tone is restrained, the story vast and stirring.«

Martina Sulner / Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

»The ambiguity of a person turning into a hero because it just so happens is the real strength of this book.«

Bernhard Flieher / Salzburger Nachrichten

»An important book!«

Kronen Zeitung, Vienna

»The Me-Myself-and-I literature, as he likes to call it, has never been his thing. […] Just like for all of his books, Hackl researched archives and talked to relatives and contemporary witnesses.«

Wels Grombacher / Schwäbische Zeitung, Ravensburg

»Hackl depicts powerful scenes, like a the longing of a child, on the verge of despair at the monotony of having tolive in hiding.«

 

Gerlinde Tamerl / Tiroler Tageszeitung, Innsbruck

»As always Erich Hackl tells this story of survival with great detail and carefully researched.«

Eva Pfister / WOZ, Zurich

»Even if Roped Together recounts the most terrible things, the book possesses a hopeful radiance.«

ORF TV, Vienna

»[. . .] a story of displacement and survival which explores the bonds of friendship and family. [. . .] The work not only paints a vivid picture of the hardships forced upon people by war and separation, but also depicts the ravelling and unravelling of relationships as a fact of life in times of peace and freedom.«

New Books in German, London

»Roped Together reads like an exciting case record based on circumstantial evidence to investigate a case of moral courage.«

Martin Doerry / Der Spiegel, Hamburg

»With Roped Together, Erich Hackl has produced an insistent lesson on empathy.«

Katja Gasser / ORF 1, Vienna

»… jumps from a third-person to a first-person narrator. This simple trick gives the deliberately matter-of-fact and simply told story an emotionality that is at the same time distressing and impressive.«

Melanie Brandl / Münchner Merkur

»A book, reduced to the essentials, so that nothing appears to be embellished.«

Peter Pisa / Kurier, Vienna

»… his books, which capture the Nazi past in chronicles of loss, grief and death, are complex sums of many little moments of remembering and forgetting. […] Small form, great art.«

Profil, Vienna

»A great book that erects a monument to Reinhold Duschka, who was a modest man all of his life. Required reading at school!«

Andreas Wallentin / WDR 5, Cologne

»One of Austria’s virtuoso masters of language, who has done more to correct our image of history than a dozen historians put together.«

Thomas Rothschild / Die Presse, Vienna

»The tone is restrained, the story vast and stirring.«

Martina Sulner / Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

»The ambiguity of a person turning into a hero because it just so happens is the real strength of this book.«

Bernhard Flieher / Salzburger Nachrichten

»An important book!«

Kronen Zeitung, Vienna

»The Me-Myself-and-I literature, as he likes to call it, has never been his thing. […] Just like for all of his books, Hackl researched archives and talked to relatives and contemporary witnesses.«

Wels Grombacher / Schwäbische Zeitung, Ravensburg

»Hackl depicts powerful scenes, like a the longing of a child, on the verge of despair at the monotony of having tolive in hiding.«

 

Gerlinde Tamerl / Tiroler Tageszeitung, Innsbruck

»As always Erich Hackl tells this story of survival with great detail and carefully researched.«

Eva Pfister / WOZ, Zurich
Expand all
Retract