Book tip: It is not easy to be a God

dictatorship, fanaticism, Terror: we Learn about people, the mistakes of our bloody past? This question is also the Russian writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Book tip: It is not easy to be a God

dictatorship, fanaticism, Terror: we Learn about people, the mistakes of our bloody past? This question is also the Russian writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky and set. In her dystopian novel "It is not easy to be a God" come from the brothers to a cynical result. In a distant future, mankind has overcome its own violent nature, and a little later also the limits of the solar system.

Alexander Davydov

editor in the Rhein-Main-Zeitung.

F. A. Z.

As an interstellar Explorer, you encounter an earth-like planet. The residents, us, are socially and technologically to the middle ages. The citizen of the earth, come incognito in the new old world and steer their fate in a presumably better future. But the cruel Regime on the planet threaten to prevent the. The young historian Anton, in the role of the spunky, noble Don Rumata, is entrusted with the task of scholars in the Kingdom of Arkanar to bring in security. Because the power-hungry security Minister, Don Reba, has taken on the task, with the help of an organized military terror and the country to suppress it. Each of the highlights with a spark of intelligence from the grey center of the society, threatens the victim of a brutal purge to the shaft. Despite the best mental and physical preparation for Anton it's harder for increasingly violent excesses to sit by and watch. The brutality on the planet eventually reaches a level where Anton is broken, and the Faith of the pacifist Ideals of his home country loses. The observers, threatens to be the part of his people, hostile environment, equipped with a God-like technological Power.

"It is not easy to be a God" is not only regarded as a bitter reckoning with the totalitarianism, particularly Stalinism. With biting mockery, the novel explores in addition, the predetermined breaking point of humanistic values. The Protagonist Anton is torn between his violent identity as a citizen of the earth or the blood-lust of his role as Don Rumata, until he can no longer distinguish between the two sides. The modern historian is lost in the dirt of the archaic world he know and should observe, is part of it.

With the immense Knowledge of a highly advanced future, people who thinks that the patent recipe to the rescue of the inhabitants of this under developed world, fails to Anton/Rumata, the reality is that the human being is the way he is. The Protagonist must realize that he is ultimately in spite of his technological Power not the Messiah, but also only human – with all its flaws. You don't have to look too far into the future to see that this criticism of our hubris and the warning against extremist ideology awakens in current times, an uncomfortable familiarity.

Updated Date: 04 July 2020, 04:19

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