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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  107 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Nach seinem fulminanten und mehrfach ausgezeichnetem Debüt Agnes, einem vielschichtigen Roman über Identität, legt Peter Stamm einen schmalen Band mit neun Erzählungen nach. Seinem bewährten kurzen, knappen, lakonischen Stil bleibt er in seinen Stories treu. Die Sätze sind bis aufs Skelett abgemagert, da gibt es nicht ein Gramm einer überflüssigen Beschreibung.

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Hardcover, 135 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Arche (first published 1999)
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I bought it for the cover, so I can't very well complain now, can I? But these stories are faithful representations of the dreary life of a young swiss male with work, health, friends and family, and I can't seem to muster much sympathy. Not to mention that a number of them never or just barely graduate from situation to story. It's difficult not to ask "and why are you're telling me this again?"
Some reviews feature comparisons with Camus, Existentialism, Nihilism, Absurdism and oder isms; well
Más que un libro de cuentos, lo sentí como un anecdotario; casi como apuntes de episodios. Sólo he leído "Agnes" de Peter Stamm, y a juzgar por este par de libritos brevísimos, tal parece que al señor Stamm le va mejor la novela que con el cuento. Hace falta leerlo más, y quiero leerlo más. Un libro bueno a secas, quizás si eres fan de Carver te puede gustar, aunque con mucha más frialdad y desolación.
No me pude enamorar de estos cuentos, porque había algo que siempre me faltaba. O imágenes un poco más variadas, si, veo que la onda que tiene es ser frío, y contar las cosas sin aparentar sentimientos. No se, un narrador super desconectado, y personajes desconectados. No entiendo el punto en alguna de las cosas que suceden, y me aburre que todos los personajes parecen estar haciendo lo mismo. Y las cosas supuestamente sorprendentes, no me lo parecen tanto. Igual estaría dispuesta a intentar lee ...more
An interesting ensemble of understated stories chronicling different aspects of alienation, displacement, disonnection... Your standard German-language (I think in this case the author is Swiss) fiction fare, you might say. This one is from a slightly younger generation, has a slighter lighter touch, I appreciated the simple purity of his language, reminiscent of The Reader's Bernhard Schlink, and the international perspective, and the way the stories work together synergistically. In the end I ...more
Mi favorito: "A la deriva".
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Peter Stamm grew up in Weinfelden in the canton of Thurgau the son of an accountant. After completing primary and secondary school he spent three years as an apprentice accountant and then 5 as an accountant. He then chose to go back to school at the University of Zurich taking courses in a variety of fields including English studies, Business informatics, Psychology, and Psychopathology. During t ...more
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