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Olga

Olga

Published by Diogenes as Olga
Original Title: Olga

The grand new novel by the author of New York Times #1 bestseller The Reader!

This is the story of a woman who fights and finds herself, and a man who dreams and loses himself. Their moving love is entwined with the twisting paths of German history, leading us from the late 19th to the early 21st century, from Germany to Africa and the Arctic, from the Baltic Sea to Southwest Germany.
An intelligent woman fights the prejudices of her time.
A hopeless man loses himself in African and Arctic escapades, driven by the power-hungry dreams of his time. He can only confront reality in failure – like so many of his generation. She remains tied to him throughout her life – in thought, letters and a great rebellion. This is the story of their love.

A novel full of history.


General Fiction
320 pages
2018

978-3-257-07015-6

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 »Schlink is a brilliant stylist; this bittersweet love affair is deeply moving.« 

Volker Albers / Hamburger Abendblatt

»Schlink was and is an author for readers who love intelligently told stories. And they won’t be disappointed by Olga

Martin Ebel / Tages-Anzeiger, Zurich

»An insightful novel about love, friendship, and almost a century of German history.«

Franziska Trost / Kronen Zeitung, Vienna

»Olga is more the collective drama of a century than a personal destiny; the story this novel tells is that of history itself – narrated by the great historical confusions.«

Britta Heidemann / WAZ, Essen

»The fact that we can picture Olga before us so vividly is thanks to Bernhard Schlink's simple yet genius trick of employing four classic narrative perspectives – it’s almost a lesson in epic writing.«

Birgit Eckes / Kölnische Rundschau

»Olga is captivating. Bernhard Schlink tells the story in lucid, serene language.«

Kester Schlenz / stern, Hamburg

»With Olga, Bernhard Schlink broaches topics, about which little has been written, such as German colonialism, and the fate of German-speaking refugees from Eastern Europe.«

De Standaard, Antwerp

»Olga is a beautiful, polyphonic novel about highly unequal lovers.«

de Volkskrant, Amsterdam

»Olga’s success – it is the most sold foreign title according to Datalib – is in large part due to the legitimate parallels [with The Reader], that instantly work.«

Claude Devarrieux / Libération, Paris

»Always economical with words and feelings, he evokes them precisely by keeping a certain distance.«

Kerenn Elkaïm / Livres Hebdo, Paris

»[Schlink] takes up motifs from his most famous work The Reader (1995). Olga, who fights to be allowed to continue her education, seems like an alternative draft of the illiterate Hannah, whose lacking abilities led to her becoming a concentration camp guard during the Nazi era.«

Nina May / Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

LANGVERSION: »Olga is captivating. Bernhard Schlink tells the story in lucid, serene language. He is a master of this warm, pleasant tone, which has a hint of the old-fashioned to it.«

Kester Schlenz / stern, Hamburg

»There is always a very differentiated philosophical edifice of ideas behind lawyer Bernhard Schlink’s novels. Yet he tells a gripping, true-to-life story which startles you with its unforeseen twists, and not only makes you think, but feel too.«

Ulrike Sárkány / NDR Kultur, Hannover

»Everything points towards Olga being a new bestseller which can pick up where the international success of The Reader left off. In other words: not to be missed!«

Rainer Hartmann / SWR1, Stuttgart

»Composed with exceptional restraint, using simple, precise words and following a central theme while maintaining the narrative arc in one single breath - Olga is a magnificent piece of literature.«

Edgar Davidian / L'Orient Littéraire, Beyrouth

»In this unadorned fresco, the author of the acclaimed The Reader effortlessly traverses a century once more, and makes the turmoil of history feel almost muted. He also paints a beautiful portrait of a woman, which is full of tenderness and melancholy.«

Madame Figaro, Paris

»Just like the stubborn Ferdinand, we know we won't forget Olga, a woman who goes out for secret nocturnal walks, who dreams of Dante's Divine Comedy, votes for the SPD, blames Bismarck for Germany's political extremes, and knows all the cemeteries in the city.«

 

Alexandre Fillon / Le Figaro Littéraire, Paris

»It is simultaneously full of substance, captivating, informative, between a thriller and a historical novel. Very sensitive, also subtle, gripping from beginning to end. A coup that will last.«

 

Gilles Pudlowski / Service Littéraire, Paris

»A wonderful portrait of a fighter by the author of The Reader.«

 

Avantages, Clichy

»With this novel the author of the bestseller The Reader recognises all the women who were constrained by their times and could have done great things.«

 

Vocable, Maubeuge

»The plot advances quickly, you are caught up by a fact, a year, a decision without even being aware of it.«

 

Geneviève Simon / Arts Libre, Brussels

»Olga, Mother Courage«

 

L'Express, Paris

»Bernard Schlink, maybe one of the best German writers, possibly even the best, creates an immaculate novel against the backdrop of German history with a rare intelligence and mastery.«

 

Serge Bressan / Le Quotidien du Luxembourg

»The third part of the novel – letters Olga writes to Herbert after he’s set out for the Arctic – is the most beautiful. Here, the camera finally zooms in and we learn of Olga’s feelings, how she’s torn between hope and fear, love and anger at her lover, who has left her for a madcap expedition.«

Franziska Wolffheim / Spiegel online, Hamburg

 »The sentences are typical Schlink: succinct, unadorned, emotional.« 

Andreas Platthaus / FAZ, Frankfurt

 »Schlink is a brilliant stylist; this bittersweet love affair is deeply moving.« 

Volker Albers / Hamburger Abendblatt

»Schlink was and is an author for readers who love intelligently told stories. And they won’t be disappointed by Olga

Martin Ebel / Tages-Anzeiger, Zurich

»An insightful novel about love, friendship, and almost a century of German history.«

Franziska Trost / Kronen Zeitung, Vienna

»Olga is more the collective drama of a century than a personal destiny; the story this novel tells is that of history itself – narrated by the great historical confusions.«

Britta Heidemann / WAZ, Essen

»The fact that we can picture Olga before us so vividly is thanks to Bernhard Schlink's simple yet genius trick of employing four classic narrative perspectives – it’s almost a lesson in epic writing.«

Birgit Eckes / Kölnische Rundschau

»Olga is captivating. Bernhard Schlink tells the story in lucid, serene language.«

Kester Schlenz / stern, Hamburg

»With Olga, Bernhard Schlink broaches topics, about which little has been written, such as German colonialism, and the fate of German-speaking refugees from Eastern Europe.«

De Standaard, Antwerp

»Olga is a beautiful, polyphonic novel about highly unequal lovers.«

de Volkskrant, Amsterdam

»Olga’s success – it is the most sold foreign title according to Datalib – is in large part due to the legitimate parallels [with The Reader], that instantly work.«

Claude Devarrieux / Libération, Paris

»Always economical with words and feelings, he evokes them precisely by keeping a certain distance.«

Kerenn Elkaïm / Livres Hebdo, Paris

»[Schlink] takes up motifs from his most famous work The Reader (1995). Olga, who fights to be allowed to continue her education, seems like an alternative draft of the illiterate Hannah, whose lacking abilities led to her becoming a concentration camp guard during the Nazi era.«

Nina May / Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

LANGVERSION: »Olga is captivating. Bernhard Schlink tells the story in lucid, serene language. He is a master of this warm, pleasant tone, which has a hint of the old-fashioned to it.«

Kester Schlenz / stern, Hamburg

»There is always a very differentiated philosophical edifice of ideas behind lawyer Bernhard Schlink’s novels. Yet he tells a gripping, true-to-life story which startles you with its unforeseen twists, and not only makes you think, but feel too.«

Ulrike Sárkány / NDR Kultur, Hannover

»Everything points towards Olga being a new bestseller which can pick up where the international success of The Reader left off. In other words: not to be missed!«

Rainer Hartmann / SWR1, Stuttgart

»Composed with exceptional restraint, using simple, precise words and following a central theme while maintaining the narrative arc in one single breath - Olga is a magnificent piece of literature.«

Edgar Davidian / L'Orient Littéraire, Beyrouth

»In this unadorned fresco, the author of the acclaimed The Reader effortlessly traverses a century once more, and makes the turmoil of history feel almost muted. He also paints a beautiful portrait of a woman, which is full of tenderness and melancholy.«

Madame Figaro, Paris

»Just like the stubborn Ferdinand, we know we won't forget Olga, a woman who goes out for secret nocturnal walks, who dreams of Dante's Divine Comedy, votes for the SPD, blames Bismarck for Germany's political extremes, and knows all the cemeteries in the city.«

 

Alexandre Fillon / Le Figaro Littéraire, Paris

»It is simultaneously full of substance, captivating, informative, between a thriller and a historical novel. Very sensitive, also subtle, gripping from beginning to end. A coup that will last.«

 

Gilles Pudlowski / Service Littéraire, Paris

»A wonderful portrait of a fighter by the author of The Reader.«

 

Avantages, Clichy

»With this novel the author of the bestseller The Reader recognises all the women who were constrained by their times and could have done great things.«

 

Vocable, Maubeuge

»The plot advances quickly, you are caught up by a fact, a year, a decision without even being aware of it.«

 

Geneviève Simon / Arts Libre, Brussels

»Olga, Mother Courage«

 

L'Express, Paris

»Bernard Schlink, maybe one of the best German writers, possibly even the best, creates an immaculate novel against the backdrop of German history with a rare intelligence and mastery.«

 

Serge Bressan / Le Quotidien du Luxembourg

»The third part of the novel – letters Olga writes to Herbert after he’s set out for the Arctic – is the most beautiful. Here, the camera finally zooms in and we learn of Olga’s feelings, how she’s torn between hope and fear, love and anger at her lover, who has left her for a madcap expedition.«

Franziska Wolffheim / Spiegel online, Hamburg

 »The sentences are typical Schlink: succinct, unadorned, emotional.« 

Andreas Platthaus / FAZ, Frankfurt
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