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Francis, der samtpfotige Klugscheißer, ist neu im Revier. Als er bei seinem ersten Erkundungsspaziergang auf einen grausam zugerichteten toten Artgenossen stößt, ist ihm klar, daß hier sein Intelligenzquotient gefordert ist. So rollt sich vor dem Leser mit katzenartiger Geschwindigkeit eine Geschichte von serienmäßigen Morden und religiösen Sekten, von Computern und ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published July 1st 1989 by Goldmann (first published 1989)
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Astrid I used it for a book discussion about 6 years ago. It seems cutey cute at first, but it gets really dark. Personally, I really liked it. Some people…moreI used it for a book discussion about 6 years ago. It seems cutey cute at first, but it gets really dark. Personally, I really liked it. Some people found it too disturbing, but if you like cats and books that have a little depth to it, you might like this one.(less)
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EDIT Oct. 21st 2015:

"At the anniversary of the Pegida protests in Dresden on 19 October 2015, Pirinçci was invited as keynote speaker. He accused German politicians of being "Gauleiter against their own people", called Germany a "shit state" ("Scheißstaat") and female asylum seekers "fugitive sluts" ("flüchtende Schlampen"). Further, according to Pirinçci, Muslims want to "pump infidels full of their Muslim juice" ("Ungläubige mit ihrem Moslemsaft vollpumpen") and Germany awaits a "Muslim garbag
This is a story about cats. Who have a murderer among them. Told from the perspective of a cat. You may want to stop here. This may not be the book for you. This is a mystery seen through the eyes of out hero Francis. Francis is new to the neighborhood and is shocked to learn that many of his feline "family" are being murdered. It is clear the murderer is another cat. The preferred method of killing is a cat-bite to the neck. Francis, believing himself to be of greater-than-average intelligence, ...more
Feb 25, 2011 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Phew. What can I say? Buying the English translated book off of eBay I didn't know what to expect. This is my second time reading through it, and was at first appalled at the language and gore that I was not use to being associated with the cat genre. But as I read on the mood set was amazing. Dark, depressing, and truly insane. Footnotes let you know that Akif must have done a bit of cat research before writing. This book just never ceases to amaze me.
May 02, 2016 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever wonder what your cat thinks of you? You really don't want to know. I thought this would be a cozy-type mystery, but it was way too violent and graphic to claim that category. These cats are cynical, tyrannical and often bitter....but the mystery was interesting to the last.
S obzirom da ova knjiga i nije previše poznata široj javnosti, a riječ je o kvalitetnom i zanimljivom štivu, dopustite da vam predstavim Felidae.
Ova knjiga zadire u svijet mačaka u kojem pronalazimo dva iznimno inteligentna protagonista: Francisca i Pascala. Radnja ovoga romana je protkana elemantima krimića i detektivskim, postupnim putem dolaženja do spoznaje i otkrivanja zločina. Zločini o kojima je riječ su niz krvoločnih ubojstava. Inteligentni detektiv Francisc, postupno rješava misteriju
EroticaAfterDark (Lilith)
May 17, 2015 EroticaAfterDark (Lilith) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, tw-bloody
Francis is new in town, cocky, smart and sharp-tongued and he's a cat.
Stumbling upon a gore-ish murder in his neighborhood, he cannot stop himself from investigating a crime and unveiling an ingenious, but murderous nazi-like conspiracy - between cats.

It's been some time since I've read this book, but I still remember many details of it. This book was just as the main character, funny and smart, somewhat shocking and definitely surprising.

Felidae is a unique, awesome read. If you don't mind a li
Jun 19, 2016 Steffi rated it liked it
Shelves: motifs-cats
Im Rückblick schon eine interessante Lektüre, zum einen wegen der Katzen-Perspektive, zum anderen weil die Hauptfigur nicht gerade sympathisch ist.
Aus heutiger Sicht: Bei allem, was man über den Autor inzwischen weiß, hätte das Buch sicher nicht mehr den Weg in meinem Regal gefunden.

Apr 13, 2014 Boris rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Ein Krimi erzählt von einer Katze. Klingt interessant. Und der Plot ist nicht im Geringsten naiv oder verspielt, wie man vielleicht bei Büchern vermuten möchte, in denen eine Tierwelt vermenschlicht wird. Das Gegenteil ist eher der Fall.
Trotzdem weiß ich nicht so recht, was ich von diesem Buch am Ende halten soll. Und das hat sicher nichts damit zu tun, dass ich kein großer Fan von Katzen bin. Mir hat es sogar sehr gefallen, wie gut der Autor den arroganten Katzencharakter in seinem Erzähler zum
Jul 05, 2013 Enterpricicle rated it really liked it
This is a curious little novel.

The protagonist, Francis, who happens to be a cat, investigates a gruesome crime and discovers a number of disturbing things that are happening in his neighbourhood.
(I'm not going to tell you anything specific about the plot, just a heads-up.)

I personally love this book. It is creepy and frightening at times (Francis' nightmares are particularly disturbing), but the author has a way of writing that really draws me in. He sets up a storyline with a number of threads
The Book Eaters
Dec 26, 2014 The Book Eaters rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, abi
The original review, and many other reviews and features, can be found at

Today I shall be reviewing one of the quirkier books of the literary world: a tale of murder, prejudice, hypocrisy, religious cults, genetics and cats.

Felidae is a neo-noir detective book written by the German author Akif Princçi, and tells the tale of domestic cat detective Francis, just arrived in a new neighbourhood, whose welcoming present is a corpse in the garden. Confused and upset, Francis
Jul 22, 2014 Saschki rated it it was amazing
I found this novel to be truly unique. It is the opposite of a cat "cozy" - more of a cat gothic wrapper on a deeper philosophical meditation, with occasional Chandleresque interludes - so it is worth reading whether you *believe* you have any interest in cats or not. If you come to it with an open mind, you will be rewarded. Finally, the author uses cats to illuminate questions that mean something quite fundamental to us human animals - yet, without reducing the feline characters to mere ...more
Jul 25, 2008 Megan rated it it was ok
I found this book after watching the (rather infamous) animated adaptation, which I have to say I prefer—and it’s rare for me to prefer a movie to its original book.

This is just so awfully, terribly written. Ham-fisted and amateurish.

It’s like he’s very self-consciously adding “I AM A WRITER, LOOK AT ME WRITE” elements. Long, ridiculous analogies and purple-prosed similes. Equally purple, cliche descriptions of setting and character. Long emphatic tirades on human nature with no basis whatsoever
Jan 22, 2016 Gizem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 22, 2010 Melanie rated it really liked it
I read this book years ago (I remember picking it up at a book market for next to nothing!) and its one that always sticks in my mind. It took me a while to read it as I found it hard going till about as third of the way through. Then it all seemed to come into place.

It is not the usual genre I read and I would say it is more of a thriller/crime. The characters are great and because of my love of cats I found the book very warming. It took me 4 years to find the sequal.

I'd say give it a go if it
Sep 08, 2016 Frankie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, germany-poland
For someone that doesn't like cats I really loved this book.
My friend gave me this to read as a sort of joke and I gave it a go for fun and I turned out really loving it.
The first chapter just made it for me.
I love the way it is told from a cats point of view.
Really funny and unique and had a great storyline.
Nov 12, 2008 Christina rated it liked it
Gave me the creeps and was a bit graphic, thus the three stars. As far as the writing and the thoughts it evokes, I would give it 5 stars.
Carlos Miles Diane

-El personaje de Francis es carismatico(Ademas es un gato :3)

-La historia del doctor Preterius le da un plus a este libro

-Asesinatos de gatos, a quien no le gusta los animales


-Aunque la novela este narrada en primera persona, se puede hacer un poco tediosa para lectores no experimentados
Oct 10, 2016 Nekoian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
that's a dang good talking cat book. even if there was a sex scene.
Susan Strickland
Feb 02, 2015 Susan Strickland rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cat-noir
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Dec 29, 2012 Luna_schaf rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Die Wahl zwischen 2 oder 3 Sternen fiel schwer.
Felidae ist kein Buch, dass mich sonderlich begeistert hat. Von der Beschreibung aus Katzensicht hätte ich mir mehr erwartet, andererseits habe ich mir vorher auch keine großen Gedanken gemacht, in welchem Stil eine Katze wohl ein Buch schreiben würde.
Für mich war die Mischung aus "ich folge animalischen Instinkten" und "ich kann aber auch lesen und kenne mich super mit fremden Kulturen usw. aus" sehr merkwürdig.
Die Kombination von beiden ist nachvo
May 03, 2012 Natalia rated it really liked it
This is a novel of murder, mystery, thriller, with detectives and riddles and many, many secrets waiting to be uncovered, as well as betrayal. Oh, and it is also about cats.

Francis is our feline protagonist who moves into a new neighbourhood with his human named Gustav. He is irritated by the poor condition the house is in, as well as the laboratory-like smells coming from it. Very soon after moving in, he discovers a dead body of a tomcat, whose name, we find out later, is Sascha. Francis also
Oct 30, 2014 Petra rated it it was amazing
Akif Pirinçcis Felidae ist ein echter Klassiker. Hauskater Francis stellt nach seinem Umzug in einer neue Wohngegend fest, dass in seiner Umgebung Morde passieren - Morde an Katzen. In der Nachbarschaft hat sich die Vermutung eingebügert, dass es sich dabei um die grausamen Taten der "Dosenöffner" handelt, aber Francis kluger Kopf und seine schlaue Spürnase verraten ihm, dass hier keine Menschen am Werk waren. Von einem inneren Drang geleitet, versucht er den Katzenmörder zu finden. Er trifft ...more
C.N. Wolf
Mar 08, 2014 C.N. Wolf rated it really liked it
What goes better than cats and murder mysteries?

I've tried reading other feline-flavored mysteries, but somehow they all seem contrived and awkward (Cat Who series, I'm looking at you). But instead of super-smart cats working with people to solve human murders, Felidae is planted firmly in a cat's worldview, narrated by Francis the cat as he tries to track a feline serial killer. Humans appear only in the periphery and provide the occasional plot break (which, in my experience, is exactly how my
What would happen if you exchange Sherlock Holmes with a cat and put him in the wrong place and wrong time? Well... It would end with a curious cat wondering in the God forsaken places looking for Cat Ripper and his twisted ideas. This is how Felidae begins.
I'm not going to tell you about the story here because you can read it anywhere in the Internet (Wikipedia is the best), but I 19m going to tell something about the book itself. The plot is twisted, mysterious and has lots of elements of hor
Felidae is a German murder mystery starring cats. A cat named Francis, belonging to a clueless German man, has just moved into a new neighborhood. As he is exploring his new territory he comes across a series of cat-murders and investigates.

As far as anthropomorphizing the animals, this is somewhat in the middle of the range. They generally don’t do anything that a real cat wouldn’t, but they sometimes do. Mostly, they think and act the way real cats would. The narrative is peppered with bits of
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Kissan näkökulmasta kerrottu salapoliisitarina. Francis-niminen kolli muuttaa "purkinaavajansa" kanssa uuteen naapurustoon, ja törmää heti sarjaan hirveitä kissamurhia, joiden takan on ilmiselvästi lajitoveri. Aluksi hätkähdin tekstin väkivaltaisuutta ja kaikkea sen veren määrää, mutta toisaalta se on hyvin ymmärrettävää. Eläimet joutuvat usein kokemaan väkivaltaa, ja varsinkin tässä kirjassa kuvattuja koe-eläinten kärsimyksiä ei ole siloiteltu yhtään. Hyvä niin.

Päähenkilö Francis on näsäviisas,
Jul 23, 2012 Irisjade rated it liked it
I liked the story, but not the writing. Looking through other reviews, I was shocked to see only a couple of people mention this, but the author is just trying so hard to sound like a good writer and it's awful. He actually says, '' It's elementary,'' like that's normal or something. I can't help but wonder sometimes if it was a joke...

Alright, I was looking back to make sure I added this to my "read", and can't believe my review was so harsh. The writing did get on my nerves and sometimes that
Laura Davies
Aug 03, 2015 Laura Davies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why there are so many reviews in here saying this is a horror novel, or that it's gruesome. In my opinion, this is a straight-up mystery, but from a cat's POV. I enjoyed it immensely. The protagonist, Francis, is written in a way that I can truly believe our feline friends would think and behave. I loved the way the supporting characters are presented, too - especially Francis' 'tin-opener'. I thought the book was funny and thrilling at the same time. Sure, there's violence - cat's ...more
Mer Mendoza
May 27, 2016 Mer Mendoza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is gory and violent in a way that is striking and unnerving, exacerbated by the fact that the violence was far more graphic than what I expected from a book about a cat-detective. (Not entirely unexpected, though, since his reason I chose to read the book was because I saw it compared to Perfume and instantly wondered how a book about cats could possibly compare to a story about a serial killer who tries to make perfume out of human bodies. I was not disappointed.)

Francis is a good, cl
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Akif Pirinçci (pronunciation: [piːʁɪntʃi]) is a German writer of Turkish origin who is best known internationally for his novel Felidae.

Pirinçci was born on the 20th October 1959 in Istanbul, Turkey, but emigrated to Germany together with his parents in 1969. He began to write fiction at a young age, and published his first novel Tränen sind immer das Ende (literally, "tears always are the end") i
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