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Imot naturen

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Imot naturen er en undersøkelse av arbeidet; arbeidet i fabrikken, kjærlighetsarbeidet, skrivearbeidet. Arbeidet for å leve et liv i samsvar med samfunnet og naturen. Men hva er naturlig, og hvorfor trekkes fortelleren mot det umulige, den umulige kjærligheten, bøkene, mytene, tabuene? Han leser fortellingen om Abélard og Héloïse, om den unge Marguerite Duras og elskeren, ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 2011 by Gyldendal (first published 2011)
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M. Sarki
Another amazing book by Tomas Espedal. I love reading his truth, an honesty that holds no prisoners, that frees like few others have the power to release. This is a wrenching love story that has no end, and figures to remain a spiritual part of me for the rest of my life. A beautiful man who has composed another wondrous title to behold.
Chad Felix
A difference between the Norwegian writers Tomas Espedal and Karl Ove Knausgaard is that when Espedal writes the line "The great tits are here" he is referring to a type of bird.

Other than that, their literary projects are strikingly similar. Knausgaard has his Struggle, Espedal his Notebooks, a series that began (in English at least) with Against Art. Both authors are contemporary Norwegian writers; both projects span multiple volumes. Both narratives are classified as fiction; however, neithe
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Barbara
Beim Lesen dieses Buches aus Espedals Reihe "Die Notizbücher" denkt man irgendwann unweigerlich an Knausgård, schon bevor der Autor und seine Freundin ihn lesen. Auf der einen Seite die Herkunft, Norwegen, dann aber auch dieser Blick auf sich selbst, unbeschönt. Und dennoch besteht ein großer Unterschied zu Knausgård: Espedal schreibt kompakter und leichter, hat ein gutes Tempo für die Zeitraffer, verlangsamt im Liebeskummer. Was mir an diesem Buch persönlich widerstrebt hat und mich spontan zu ...more
Lese lust
Feb 11, 2016 Lese lust rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Einzelne interessante und wunderbar formulierte Beobachtungen. Schlecht geschriebene Sexszenen. Insgesamt eher nicht mein Fall.
Angélique Moreau
Mar 26, 2014 Angélique Moreau rated it it was amazing
Against nature... But what exactly is against nature according to Tomas Espedal?

The novel draws a parallel between Abelard and Heloise's tragic story and the relationship entered in by the narrator with a much younger woman.

As usual, Espedal serves us a self-fiction, and mixes fantasies to scenes that really happened, as the love affair that he started with Janne, which ends in his 2013 novel, Bergeners. The opening scene may shock some readers. I perceive it more as the hallucinated fantasy of
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Simen Gunerius Jørgensen
Jan 22, 2014 Simen Gunerius Jørgensen rated it it was amazing
En "vakker" liten bok. Beskriver ensomhet, kjærlighet og kjærlighetssorg på en "praktfull" måte.
"Overalti huset finnes hun, overalt i huset er hun borte"
"Det må være noe av det værste med å være ensom: å spise sammen med noen som ikke er der, hver eneste dag"
"Vi kjøpte alltid tre flasker vin, drakk to av dem, nå drikker jeg alle de tre flaskene alene"
Rozemarijn
Feb 12, 2013 Rozemarijn rated it really liked it
Another great book by Espedal.
I feel like Imot kunsten and Imot naturen should not be read separately. Together they create a more complete picture of loss, and offer more information than can be found in each of the books.
Espedal is a great writer, and this book is a masterpiece.
Hette
Sep 16, 2014 Hette rated it it was ok
Den er kanskje artistisk og god, men jeg syntes den var forferdelig kjedelig skrevet, og at det var en kjedelig handling..
Lise Agerskov
Sep 26, 2016 Lise Agerskov rated it it was amazing
Amazing writer, amazing story, read him and you become a part of the story.
Susanne schreibtwas
"Er blies seine Trompete, und mich traf der Gedanke, wie falsch ich lebte, so schwach und feige, so still und vorsichtig; ich wollte werden wie dieser Mann mit Hut und Poncho, ich wollte ein aufrichtiger, kompromissloser Mensch werden, ich wollte so schreiben, wie er sang, ich wollte ein schwieriger, ehrlicher Mann sein."

In seinem Buch Wider die Natur berichtet Tomas Espedal von der Beziehung eines älteren Mannes, eines Mannes von 48 Jahren, mit einer jungen Frau, einer Frau von Anfang 20. In de
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Ida
Jul 26, 2015 Ida rated it it was amazing
En gutt som forstår hennes egenart, hennes ensomhet og stillhet. Hun har ventet på en gutt som ligner henne selv.

Vi går videre. Som om ingenting har hendt? Nei, noe har inntruffet, noe har skadet oss, men vi går videre som om ingenting har hendt.
Er ulykken en forutsetning for lykken? Nei, lykken kommer brått og uventet som en helt selvstendig og uavhengig størrelse, den oppstår i øyeblikket, som en hendelse i naturen, en regnbue, et stjerneskudd, et lynnedslag eller en brann, fryktinngytende og
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Tonymess
Jul 21, 2015 Tonymess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As visitors here, or even general readers of translated fiction, would know, Norway is home to Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of the six part “My Struggle” a highly successful, frequently debated collection of works, where the lines between fiction and reality are blurred, where our writer reveals in painstaking detail his day to day existence, his struggle with love, fatherhood, writing, relationships and more. The work extending to many many thousands of pages.

Rest assured Tomas Espendal’s “Again
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Stine Kristin
Jun 30, 2015 Stine Kristin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tomas Espedal er seg selv lik. Han har en så veldig særegen skrivestil; har lest flere steder at mange synes han fortjener et bredere publikum, og det er jeg enig i, men jeg tror stilen hans er litt for sær og fremmedartet for noen. Handlingen ligger i ordene, bøkene hans foregår i sinnet, følelsene og erindringen - ikke i handlingen. Likevel er det en god fortelling om mennesker; for det handler aller mest om mennesker.
Jeg tror grunnen til at Knausgård, og ikke Espedal, slo gjennom og traff et
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Jasmine
Sep 22, 2012 Jasmine rated it liked it
Først av alt må jeg si at det første kapittelet i boka var veldig... spesiell. Ærlig talt, så var den merkelig. Altså, hele det forholdet med Janne var merkelig. Eller så var det bare jeg som grøsset litt mens jeg leste det? Hm.

Det jeg lurer på er om Tomas Espedal skriver om seg selv? Det er det eneste jeg lurer på.

Imot Naturen er en fin bok om kjærlighet og sorg, og det er det. Utenom det så var det ikke noe særlig. Den manglet spenningstopper og mot slutten av boken så var den ikke fullt så
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Andrea
Nov 06, 2014 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wer sich für das Phänomen "Jüngere Frau liebt älteren Mann" interessiert, lese dieses Buch statt Philip Roth. Hier wird erklärt, was ältere Männer so anziehend macht, nämlich, ist es banal?, die Fähigkeit, abgöttisch zu lieben. Das Buch ist geradezu ein Ratgeber für die junge Frau von heute, auf dass sie ihre Zeit nicht länger mit gleichaltrigen liebesunfähigen Männern vergeude. Drei Sterne für diese Erkenntnis.
Jakob Tvede
Jan 25, 2015 Jakob Tvede rated it it was amazing
Probably the best book i have ever read. So far I read it at least a couble of times every month - can't get away from it.
The last 40 pages or so is about being left behind by someone you love, and it is unbelievably beautiful.
Espedal is the greatest northern writer, and that says something, when there is also a Karl Ove Knausgård around.
Marie Østvold
Apr 05, 2016 Marie Østvold rated it really liked it
Shelves: norwegian, 2000s
A great little book about a love story. But she leaves, and the protagonist moves from a condition of happines, that de did not know exsisted, to desintegration. When she left, it was 'contrary to the course of nature', but loving her (she, being half his age), is also 'contrary to the course of nature'.
Rob
Dec 08, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect from this but Espedal pulls you into this memoir sketched out against the central metaphor of Abelard and Eloise. It's brutally self-aware but what a rich interior life to be given temporary access to. This makes me curious to read his fiction.
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Synne
Jun 08, 2015 Synne rated it it was amazing
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This is a beautiful book. The writing is superb, I had goosebumps while reading certain parts. It's just wonderful.
Dina Heiberg
Jun 14, 2012 Dina Heiberg rated it really liked it
An interesting insight into the troubles of life and love, through the eyes of a tormented and emotional writer.
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Tomas Espedal er født i Bergen i 1961 og debuterte som forfatter i 1988.

Han er utdannet ved Universitetet i Bergen og har utgitt både romaner og kortprosasamlinger. I 1991 ble han prisbelønt i P2/Bokklubbens romankonkurranse for Hun og jeg. Han har vært initiativtager til Bergen Internasjonale Poesifestival. Tomas Espedal eksperimenter ofte med sjangeroverskridelser. Espedals senere utgivelser utf
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“Ole Roberts Frau Marit, sie sagt: er ist wahnsinnig gern allein zu Haus, solange ich da bin.

Hinter dieser schlichten Feststellung steht eine lange Liebesbeziehung, eine ganz eigene Schönheit wohnt dieser Aussage inne, eine große Liebesgeschichte wohnt in dieser Alltagssituation: er ist wahnsinnig gern allein zu Haus, solange sie da ist.”
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“Sage mir selbst, dass ich es übertreibe, dass ich doch pfuschen und es langsam angehen lassen könnte, es spielt ja keine Rolle, niemand würde den Unterschied bemerken, aber es ist etwas Altes, von innen Kommendes, etwas, das mir nicht gehört, das mich weitertreibt, auf den Boden und unter die Maschine, das meine Hände und meinen Willen lenkt, das mich hart arbeiten lässt, härter, als ich es aushalte. Das arbeitet in mir, diese alte Willenskraft, dieses Pflichtgefühl, das ich nicht kenne und das mich antreibt, wo kommt das her? Diese strenge, unhörbare Stimme, der ich gehorche und die mich weiterzwingt, durch die Stahltür, auf den Boden in dem kräftigen Licht, in die Dunkelheit unter der Maschine.

Ich liege unter der Maschine und arbeite unnötig hart, unnötig genau, ich kann es selbst nicht verstehen, es ist eine Seite von mir, die mir bis dahin unbekannt war; dieser Ehrgeiz, diese Genauigkeit, diese Bereitwilligkeit, mich zu verausgaben, restlos zu verausgaben. Im Laufe dieser Monate unter den Maschinen begreife ich, dass ich mich nicht zur Arbeit eigne, oder mich eben allzu gut dazu eigne; ich beschließe, dass ich nie arbeiten werde, dass ich keinen Job will. Ich liege unter der Maschine und folge der Uhr, der großen Uhr über der Tür, es ist drei vor zwölf. Ich krieche unter dem Webstuhl hervor, gehe zu Waschbecken und Spiegel, wasche mir die Hände, und sehe das Gesicht, das mir nicht mehr gehört, es gehört der Arbeit.”
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