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Die Vereinigung jiddischer Polizisten (2007)

von Michael Chabon

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Detektiv Meyer Landsman, ein abgetakelter Polizist in Sitka, der fiktiven Hauptstadt der Juden in Alaska, versucht den Mord an einem ehemaligen Wunderkind aufzuklären. Der neue Roman von Michael Chabon ist packender Whodunnit, Liebesgeschichte und Hommage an die Krimis der 40er Jahre uind lässt das Jiddische wieder lebendig werden Detektiv Meyer Landsman, ein abgetakelter Polizist in Sitka, der fiktiven Hauptstadt der Juden in Alaska, versucht den Mord an einem ehemaligen Wunderkind aufzuklären. Der neue Roman von Michael Chabon ist packender Whodunnit, Liebesgeschichte und Hommage an die Krimis der 40er Jahre uind lässt das Jiddische wieder lebendig werden.… (mehr)
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    kaipakartik: Detective tales set in a fast deteriorating city
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    EerierIdyllMeme: Noir mysteries exploring interesting hypothetical settings with ticking timers.
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    Der lange Abschied von Raymond Chandler (melmore)
    melmore: Another book with a detective protagonist attempting to come to terms with his life and his relationships.
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    Die Stunde der Rotkehlchen von Jo Walton (BeckyJP)
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    Der dünne Mann von Dashiell Hammett (Pagemistress)
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    PghDragonMan: Both deal with ethnic conflict and searching for identity.
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    hairball: While one is an alternative history and the other is based around historical fact (Argentina's disappeared), they have a similar flavor to them.
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A fantastically interesting premise, a fully fleshed-out world, a convoluted murder mystery with many twists and turns, a bleak and funny story. What more could you want?

Update as of second read: this is definitely my favorite Michael Chabon novel. People may call the text flowery or overwritten, but I dunno what to tell you... I kind of agree, but I love it. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
A book that lured me in with the promise of a noir detective novel, but turns out to be an alternate history and more. Excellent world building, great characters. ( )
  Enno23 | Aug 15, 2021 |
Chabon wrote an article about reading Say It In Yiddish, published in 1958. He describes it as the saddest book he owns, its phrases used and understood by fewer and fewer people on the globe, none of whom probably need to know how to ask for the bellhop in Yiddish. But what if you could go traveling to a place where Yiddish was the dominant language? The conjuring of this world is a delightful piece of imagination. The tone is noir because he's telling a hard boiled detective story. But the feeling I was left with was breathless admiration, as after a wonderful musical solo. Not flawless but very enjoyable. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
A basic question presented itself to me when I went to rate and review this book, are my ratings an indication of the quality of the book or are they my personal feeling about the book? It is is the former then this is a 4 star book. I love Michael Chabon and have especially enjoyed some of his more recent books (TELEGRAPH AVENUE and MOONGLOW) and this book is an intricate, well written book that has large themes and ideas. If it is the latter however, and that is where I have decided to put it, then I give it 3 stars because I just never felt like I got into this or enjoyed it. At the core I think I may not have the requisite knowledge and feeling for the culture depicted. I had a lot of trouble with some of the words used although I could often figure out a decent definition based on context. It was not until I finished that I saw there was a Glossary at the end of the book. Even with that I'm not sure I would have felt the emotional connection to these characters that I have to those is his other books. Please don't take my 3 star review as a negative about the quality of the book, I may actually be rating myself here. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
I still did not enjoy this re-read of Michael Chabon's “The Yiddish Policemen's Union”. This time around the only redeeming feature was still the clever premise which I had forgotten by now. But that's about it.

In the early 1900s, the Zionist Movement did consider a British colonial proposal to make parts of British East Africa (in today's Uganda and Kenya) a Jewish settlement. The Nazi leaders did consider a plan to deport European Jews to Madagascar. Odd as those locations now seem, used as we are to what did actually happen (oh, let's not get into the reality of the reality here), I really applauded Mr. Chabon's inspired, witty leap of thought in making Alaska the location for a Jewish homeland. Not long after reading that book, I happened to read Victor Klemperer's incomparable diaries. Jewish by birth; a converted Christian for marriage; in practice an atheist (if memory serves), Mr. Klemperer's diaries are a rare, searing, intelligently pedantic contemporaneous account of daily life in Nazi Germany.

To my surprise, among the whispered rumours he recorded in passing was the rumour that Jews would be deported to Alaska.

Incidentally, I am getting used to the fact that a lot of people are eroding the distinction between "alternate" and "alternative" and don't get heat up about it anymore (although I do regret it); even Garner's Modern American Usage (2009) states "Alternate is often misused for alternative", rating it "3" the book's "language change index" (scale 1 to 5), which is glossed as "Widespread but ...". In other words it is not considered really acceptable in careful style even on that side of the Atlantic. ( )
  antao | Jun 5, 2021 |
Chabon is a spectacular writer. He does a witty turn reinventing Yiddish for the modern Alaskan Jews - of course the lingua franca of Jews without an Israel - just a little of which I, with only faintly remembered childhood Yiddish, could grasp. A mobile phone is a shoyfer (perhaps because, like the ram's horn, it calls you), a gun is a sholem (a Yiddish version of a Peacemaker?). Chabon is a language magician, turning everything into something else just for the delight of playing tricks with words. He takes the wry, underbelly vision of the ordinary that the best of noir fiction offers and ratchets it up to the limit. Nothing is allowed to be itself; all people and events are observed as an echo of something else. Voices are like "an onion rolling in a bucket", or rusty forks falling. An approaching motorcycle is "a heavy wrench clanging against a cold cement floor. The flatulence of a burst balloon streaking across the living room and knocking over a lamp." Chabon's ornate prose makes Chandler's fruity observations of the world look quite plain. Nothing is described as just the way it is. Nothing is let be. He writes like a dream and has you laughing out loud, applauding the fun he has with language and the way he takes the task of a writer and runs delighted rings around it.

For the most part, Chabon's writing serves the knotted mystery that is being unravelled, but there is eventually a point where it begins to weary the mind, where the elaborations of things get in the way of the things themselves and the narrative gets sucked under by style. The compulsory paragraph of Byzantine physical description whenever another character arrives on the scene starts to seem an irritating interlude; another over-reaching cadenza. Though it seems churlish to complain about such a vivid talent, a little less would have been enough already.
hinzugefügt von souloftherose | bearbeitenThe Guardian, Jenny Diski (Jun 9, 2007)
 
It’s obvious that the creation of this strange, vibrant, unreal world is Chabon’s idea of heaven. He seems happy here, almost giddy, high on the imaginative freedom that has always been the most cherished value in his fiction.
 
Some of the pleasures of The Yiddish Policemen’s Union are, actually, distinctly Dan Brown–ish. Mr. Chabon often ends chapters with cliffhangers that might be tiresome in the hands of a lesser writer (say, Dan Brown). Here, they’re over-the-top suspenseful, savory and delicious.
hinzugefügt von MikeBriggs | bearbeitenNew York Observer, Emily Barton (May 1, 2007)
 
More important, Mr. Chabon has so thoroughly conjured the fictional world of Sitka — its history, culture, geography, its incestuous and byzantine political and sectarian divisions — that the reader comes to take its existence for granted. By the end of the book, we feel we know this chilly piece of northern real estate, where Yiddish is the language of choice, the same way we feel we have come to know Meyer Landsman — this “secular policeman” who has learned to sail “double-hulled against tragedy,” ever wary of “the hairline fissures, the little freaks of torque” that can topple a boat in the shallows.
 
This novel makes you think, but it is an ordeal to read. The problem: Chabon has mixed two very dark story lines that jar the reader. There is the real tragedy of Sitka's wandering Jews, and then there is the faux bleakness of the noir genre with its posturing attitude. The central character comes across as a Jewish Humphrey Bogart wannabe, not a three-dimensional character who can shoulder a 400-plus-page novel about exile, fanatics and longing.
hinzugefügt von MikeBriggs | bearbeitenUSA Today, Deirdre Donahue (Apr 30, 2007)
 

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He likes the leash ... Without it, he doesn't sleep.
It has nothing to do with religion ... It has everything to do, God damn it, with fathers.
A Messiah who actually arrives is no good to anybody.
I don't care what is written. I don't care what supposedly got promised to some sandal-wearing idiot whose claim to fame is that he was ready to cut his own son's throat for the sake of a hare-brained idea. I don't care about red heifers and patriarchs and locusts. A bunch of old bone in the sand. My homeland is in my hat. It's in my ex-wife's tote bag.
God damn them all. I always knew they were there. Down there in Washington. Up there ever our heads. Holding the strings. Setting the agenda. Of course I knew that. We all knew that. We all grew up knowing that, right? We are here on sufferance. Houseguests. But they ignored us for so long. Left us to our own devices. It was easy to kid yourself. Make you think you had a little autonomy, in a small way, nothing fancy. I thought I was working for everyone. You know. Serving the public. Upholding the law. But really I was just working for Cashdollar.
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Detektiv Meyer Landsman, ein abgetakelter Polizist in Sitka, der fiktiven Hauptstadt der Juden in Alaska, versucht den Mord an einem ehemaligen Wunderkind aufzuklären. Der neue Roman von Michael Chabon ist packender Whodunnit, Liebesgeschichte und Hommage an die Krimis der 40er Jahre uind lässt das Jiddische wieder lebendig werden Detektiv Meyer Landsman, ein abgetakelter Polizist in Sitka, der fiktiven Hauptstadt der Juden in Alaska, versucht den Mord an einem ehemaligen Wunderkind aufzuklären. Der neue Roman von Michael Chabon ist packender Whodunnit, Liebesgeschichte und Hommage an die Krimis der 40er Jahre uind lässt das Jiddische wieder lebendig werden.

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