The author of Winner is: The Truth, Claus-Peter Ganssauge, admitted that once he discovered the true nature of Nazi Germany, he not only renounced his admiration for Hitler but also ditched ideologies and religions. In the English translation of Illusionen—-Visionen, Roman vom Zweifel, von der Liebe und der Hoffnung, deconstructs Roman Catholicism’s main tenets in favor of a home-brewed religion based on Christianity without God. It’s formatted as a series of apologetic conversations between a bishop and a Brazilian youngster, Jake, who never got any religious education at home, and now is eager to find out what Christianity is all about.
Explaining topics like Trinity, Transubstantiation, angels, Mary’s virginity, etc. is not easy and often comes with direct quotes from the Bible or papal letters to faithful. In the bishop’s household, there’s an attractive maid Angela that teaches Jack sex lessons, so losing virginity and having multiple orgasms as a sandwich formula for the catechesis sessions. In a rather strange way, the girl’s left out of the narrative at some point where Jack helps organizing a gathering of bishops and pastors to discuss Christ Today, the new breed of Christianity Jack distilled from his education. To call this a novel is not right. There’s no character development, and the many quotes and dogmatic platitudes instead of real conversations hinder a smooth storyline. The sex is as superficial as the rest of the plot. The English is rather clunky as if Google Translate was used in the process.
I received a free copy of this book from the author without strings attached. My review upon reading reflects my unbiased opinion.