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Oliver Pötzsch

Autor/a de The Hangman's Daughter

28 obres 6,418 Membres 281 Ressenyes 4 preferits

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Nom normalitzat
Pötzsch, Oliver
Data de naixement
1970-12-20
Gènere
male
Nacionalitat
Germany
Lloc de naixement
Munich, Bavaria, West Germany
Llocs de residència
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Educació
German School of Journalists, Munich
Professions
night porter
soul singer
broadcaster
scriptwriter
Organitzacions
Deutsche Journalistenschule
Bayerischer Rundfunk
Autorenkreis Historischer Roman Quo Vadis
Biografia breu
Oliver Pötzsch, born in 1970, has worked for years as a scriptwriter for Bavarian television. He himself is a descendant of one of Bavaria's leading dynasties of executioners.

He lives in Munich with his family.

[retrieved 1/12/2013 from Amazon.com]

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A mystery set in 17th c. Bavaria -
A young boy’s corpse is discovered with a mark drawn on his body and the local midwife is quickly arrested on charges of witchcraft. The hangman, Jakob Kuisl (who also serves as an instrument of the interrogation as a torturer) believes the woman to be innocent but unless she confesses, a full-blown witch hunt in which many more women will be accused and executed will commence. Soon, two more children’s bodies are found and the pressure to convict the midwife increases even as a darker conspiracy starts to emerge.
The author has written this historical fiction based on the real-life figure of his forefather and incorporated family folklore, extensive research and his own imagination in creating a vivid if somewhat unsavory picture of life in a small town in present day Germany. The main protagonist is the executioner with a progressive town doctor and the eponymous hangman’s daughter playing secondary and tertiary roles respectively (which makes the title of the book seem odd). There are a few repetitive points made (e.g. the consequences of a full blown witch hunt) and overall the story comes across as rather prosaic (Author‘s writing style? Translator?) but an interesting look at a corner of the world rarely if ever depicted in fiction.
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Tanya-dogearedcopy | Hi ha 173 ressenyes més | Feb 18, 2024 |
In 1659 Bavaria children are being killed, found with a mysterious sign on their bodies. Could the local midwife also be a witch?

It took me a long time to get through this as I found myself unable to concentrate on it for more than few pages at time. I will probably continue with the series but not for now.
 
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Robertgreaves | Hi ha 173 ressenyes més | Jan 25, 2024 |
This series is heavy reading. The majority of the characters are misogynist, closed-minded, uneducated, and almost entirely un-likeable. Magdalena is ok, but I have to believe that the only reason she is in love with Simon is that there is no one better in her small, horrible village. Sure, I know that life in small European villages in the 1600's was full of misogyny and superstition, and that the churches were pushing back against secular forces, and that they encouraged mistrust of all things intellectual for anyone not born to a wealthy, elite family. Still, I find it hard to enjoy these books, or to be sympathetic towards most of the characters. I was rooting for the hangman and his whole family and Simon to emigrate to the New World (which was an option by the latter half of the 1600's) so that their whole rotten village could enjoy life without their favorite scapegoats, only I don't like the hangman either. Unfortunately, when the hangman vanished in Regensberg and the village was turning against his family in his absence, they didn't just pick up and emigrate without him. That would have been a far better outcome than the actual novel. Oh well.… (més)
 
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JBarringer | Hi ha 21 ressenyes més | Dec 15, 2023 |

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Obres
28
Membres
6,418
Popularitat
#3,836
Valoració
½ 3.7
Ressenyes
281
ISBN
194
Llengües
7
Preferit
4

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