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Ein Mann, der die Gletscher so sehr liebt, dass er an ihrem Sterben verzweifelt: Zeno hat sein Leben als Glaziologe einem Alpengletscher gewidmet. Als das Sterben seines Gletschers nicht mehr aufzuhalten ist, heuert er auf einem Kreuzfahrtschiff an, um Touristen die Wunder der Antarktis zu erklären. Doch auf seiner Reise verzweifelt er an der Ignoranz der Urlauber, der ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published 2011 by Carl Hanser Verlag
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I am always in search of novels about climate change, which should have a great deal more literature about it than is in fact the case. Please recommend me any you find! In 'The Lamentations of Zeno', I was disappointed to find strong echoes of McEwan’s Solar, which I attempted to read then abandoned in annoyance. Once again, a man uses climate change as window dressing for his midlife crisis. It is a potentially civilisation-ending threat, so really deserves better than that. Just as with Solar ...more
Feb 07, 2014 Devi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Volle Punktzahl für dieses Buch. Der Schreibstil. Der überzeugende Protagonist. Die drei Sichtweisen im Buch. Und vor allem, dass was man am Ende als Leser mitnehmen kann. Mein Herz schlägt jedenfalls jedesmal höher, wenn ich Bücher lesen kann, bei denen die Antarktis die Hauptrolle spielt.

Ach ja, Sensationstouristen, Kreuzfahrtsschiffreisen, Journalisten - ohne Verstand und ignorante Menschen an Orten, die sie besuchen und nicht beherrschen sind mir auch zuwider.
Kelsi H
May 03, 2016 Kelsi H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Zeno Hintermeier’s lamentations are endless, as he takes us on a journey in this novel. Not only is his marriage failing and his career faltering, he is also undergoing an existential crisis due to the melting of the polar ice caps. Zeno is a geologist, and he has been watching the progress of global warming throughout his lifetime. Now, as a scientist working as a tour guide on a cruise ship, he has a front row seat to the
‘The Lamentations of Zeno’ is a novel of ice, art, and humanity. Written by Ilja Trojanow and published by Verso Books, it adds a new dimension to the discussion of climate change.

Zeno Hintermeier is not a likeable character. He’s a misanthropic, vaguely misogynistic, generally maddened old man – and I absolutely love it. He is exactly the character you need for fiction like this, I think. The other characters complain about him being preach-y, but I don’t think he is at all. He adds a very pers
Sep 17, 2016 Emilio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apropos
A great short novel that manages to bring together themes of personal heartbreak, the aimlessness of life and the destruction of the earth without cheap moralising.
Nov 12, 2014 Jenny rated it it was ok
Wenn moralisch Standpunkt zu beziehen und dabei recht zu haben schon gute Literatur wäre, dann würde es sich hier um ein sehr gelungenes Buch handeln. Leider führt das eine nicht zwangsläufig zum anderen.

Zeno, Trojanows Protagonist, ist seines Zeichens Glaziologe. Sein Leben hat er dem Eis gewidmet, mit etwas was Liebe gleicht, wacht er über seinen Alpengletscher. Als ihm dieser im Zuge der globalen Erwärmung wegschmilzt, wirft er seine akademische Karriere über den Haufen und heuert an auf eine
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Sep 10, 2016 Athena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
The existential journey of a scientist. An evocative, unsettling but also tender story from Ilija Trojanov.
May 01, 2016 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zeno is a jaded, disillusioned and angry glaciologist, who knows that the ice-cap is melting and is distraught at the destruction of the environment he so much loves. He works as a tour guide on an Atlantic cruise ship where he has to contend with the ignorance and superficiality of the guests. The reader enters into Zeno’s thought processes and this doesn’t always make for easy reading. This is a novel that demands the reader’s concentration but then the destruction of our environment is indeed ...more
Ellen Lambrichts
Sep 22, 2014 Ellen Lambrichts rated it really liked it
Een bioloog vertwijfelt bij het zien sterven van 'zijn' gletsjer, waardoor in hem iets onherroepelijk breekt. Bij een volgende quasi toeristische cruise naar antarctica, waar onze bioloog als excursieleider fungeert, culmineert zijn ontgoocheling in de mensheid in een licht drama.
Misschien overleeft dit boek de tijd niet, het thema is het alvast wel waard, en helaas typerend voor onze tijd. Tijdens het lezen schoot me regelmatig de gedachte door het hoofd of een eventuele lezer die dit boek over
World Literature Today
"Zeno Hintermeier is named for the founder of Stoicism, a central tenet of which is that we should live in accord with nature and that we should promote moral progress. The demise of the Alpine glacier to which Hintermeier has devoted his scholarly life palpably demonstrates that today’s consumerist humans certainly do not live in such accord. What to do?

His work at the institute thus essentially over, Zeno gamely follows a colleague’s suggestion to give lectures to tourists traveling to the An
Dec 26, 2012 Riet rated it liked it
Goed geschreven roman over milieu activisme. Een wetenschapper, die gletsjers bestudeert, houdt daar mee op omdat zijn meest geliefde gletsjer gesmolten is. Hij wordt dan spreker op cruises naar antarctica. Ook daar gaat het niet goed met het milieu, mede door het toerisme, waaraan hij zelf ook schuld heeft. Hij draait door en wordt - als zovel radicale milieu activisten - gevaarlijk voor de mensen.
Volgens mij is een deel van het boek gebaserd op een reele gebeurtenis: het maken van een kunstwr
Aug 05, 2016 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trojanow’s prose is spare, evocative, pointed, and wry. But his protagonist's despair left me feeling hollowed out by the novel's conclusion. I reviewed this book at length on Medium , and reposted in my Goodreads blog: Desperate books aren't suited to desperate times .
Kasa Cotugno
Apr 08, 2016 Kasa Cotugno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, location-arctic
I had a tough time with this book because it is so densely plotted despite its relatively short length. I have never read another like it, wherein the main character and narrator is coming apart at the seams so completely, lamenting the changing world, his disintegrated marriage and the effects of global warming. It was difficult at times to ascertain whether he was rambling or recounting, but the overall quality of the prose, careful if unorthodox style and message raised it to a solid 4 star ...more
John Treat
May 21, 2016 John Treat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would have thought a book by a Bulgarian raised in Africa and who has learned German well enough to write in it would be interesting. I was mistaken. This book is nothing-- not about anything, except maybe the "lament" of a failed heterosexual to find anything joyful in that state of being. Totally self-involved, narcissistic, truth-less. Note to me: remember not to trust what you read in the NEW TYORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW.
Nov 21, 2011 Peter rated it liked it
Ich habe viele Artikel von Trojanow und natürlich den Weltensammler gelesen. Eistau hängt so ein wenig dazwischen. Kein Artikel mehr aber auch noch nicht ein Roman. Leider. Stilistisch gefällt mir Trojanow aber trotzdem.
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Ilija Trojanow (bulgarisch Илия Троянов) ist ein deutscher Schriftsteller, Übersetzer und Verleger bulgarischer Abstammung.
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Ilija Trojanow (Bulgarian: Илия Троянов) is a Bulgarian-German writer, translator and publisher.
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