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Kniha o Blanche a Marii

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  551 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Hailed internationally for his unique ability to shape historical facts into tales of extraordinary depth and probing insight, Per Olov Enquist has long been regarded as one of the world's foremost authors of literary fiction. In The Book about Blanche and Marie, Enquist has once again found inspiration from the historical record, this time exploring the fascinatingly comp ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published 2007 by Host (first published 2004)
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Per Olov Enquist
il tuo stile mi piace, sappilo.
Mi hai trascinata con te sulle montagne russe della scrittura, ascese velocissime, virate, improvvise picchiate, discese verticali, capovolte, brusche frenate ed inaspettate ripartite.
A me questo piace.
Così come mi piace veramente tanto il romanzo "storico".
Mi piace in modo sommo la tua abilità di recuperare personaggi dalla formaldeide, dalle pagine della Treccani, e renderle vive, dare un colore agli occhi, una certa setosità della pelle, un ince
K.D. Absolutely
Sep 12, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2010 edition)
Reading this book gives you a feeling that the people who you used to read in your science books in school are alive: Marie Curie (the only female who won Nobel prize twice: first for physics with his husband Pierre Curie and second for chemistry. She discovered radium and plotonium); Albert Eistein (theory of relativity), Sigmund Freud (theory of unconscious mind); Louis Pasteur (germ theory of disease), Joseph Babinski (Babinski reflex), Paul Langevin (Langevin dynamics and Langevin equation) ...more
Veronika Cukrov
Frustratingly badly written book without any plot, intrigue or drama triangle whatsoever. The writing style is highly melodramatic and pathetic, which comes as a direct consequence of the author being overly enthusiastic about common topics. Per Olov Enquist can't even build characters, not just the story, therefore after reading the book one doesn't feel as if one has achieved anything or moved anywhere from page one.
It seems to me as if he's read a good historic novel, got overexcited about it
Victoria Olsen
Disappointing -- the idea was interesting (famous hysteria patient from Charcot's Salpetriere hospital in 1880s) ends up working in Marie Curie's laboratory in turn of the century Paris.... but the story is too disjointed and melodramatic. Enquist makes up notebooks that the patient, Blanche Wittman, wrote and quotes portentously from them about her quest for love, her secrets, etc It just gets tiresome.
The use and abuse of exclamation points drove me nuts, and the vacuity of the "story" did nothing to make me forget the terrible writing. Its only redeeming quality seems to be its shortness.
Oct 22, 2010 Zee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: psychology grads, science enthusiasts, biography lovers, and those who dabble with magic
This is the unusual story of Marie Curie and Blanche Wittman; two extraordinary women caught between the ordered mathematics of science and the symbolic alchemy of love. The novel deals with amputated emotions, the desire for detachment and its antithesis; a longing for reconnection. Set during the dawn of a new century; Enquist explores the questioning of the rational ‘Enlightenment’ period which nurtured cut and dry methods of modern science and the unfathomable, fledgling studies of psycholog ...more
Maybe I missed something, but I really didn't get this book. I found it to be repetitive, boring, and easy to put down. The only part that was mildly interesting was the setting and the period of time during which psychology was still an emerging science or maybe art.
Rima K
It took me forever to finish this book! Pier Olov Enquist's style is so complex and complicated. The Book about Blanche and Marie is basically a retelling of Blanche Wittmann's diary, the so cold "Book of questions" with the author's explanations and comments. Blanche Wittmann was Marie Curie's assistant and best friend who underwent three amputations as a result of constant radiation exposure. The Book of Questions consists of three parts- the Yellow Book, the Black Book and the Red Book. The Y ...more
Luis Alberto Moreno
Me ha parecido un tostón inconexo. Reconozco que no he sido capaz de pasar de la mitad, pero me parecía demasiado castigo seguir intentando que me gustara.
Very interesting subject matter, and it inspired me to find out the true facts behind the narrative, but as a novel it failed for me, the style put a barrier between me and the characters.
Feuer! Feurio! Für alle, die einen Hang zu Dramatik und Ausrufezeichen haben, ist "Das Buch von Blanche und Marie" ein gefundenes Fressen! Allen!, die grundsätzlich am Wert der Emphase oder gar an der Liebe! zweifeln: Finger weg! Es wird einem höchstens sagen: Du amputierte Leidenschaft! Du Frostschaden an deiner Seele!

Was mich dennoch fast überzeugt hätte, ist ein 1A-Zitat aus der Kategorie der phantasievollen Beischlafbeschreibungen:

"Es sollte sein, als wenn ihre Schleimhäute sich beschnuppert
It seems to me that most of the books I have read had nothing to do with life and death, and love in between. However boring at the beginning, lacking an actual plot, sometimes hard to read due to confusing points of view, the book is still a great read. I loved the concept of three major books - the Yellow Book, the Black Book, and the Red Book - and how the author incorporated them in what I thought was a concept of life itself: life in which we seek new info and data - life and love - death. ...more
I admired the detexterous attempt of lacework bringing together the concepts in the book-
Great Beauties- eventually eroded by the effects of radium- Blanche a three limb amputee, twice Nobel Peace Prize Winner Marie Curie and her 'assistant' Blanche- a former 'medium' the body to the experiments of the Clarchot and his theories of hypnotism and hysteria. the fascination of the turn of the century when science and art are jostled by awe, scandal, great achievements in science, facts and a fair de
Another highly peculiar book! The Book About Blanche and Marie tells of Marie Curie, the multiple Nobel Prize winning scientist, and her relationship with Blanche, a "hysterical" female at the Salpetrier, and occasional muse of the great Professor Charcot. The two women, despite their clear differences in background, become close friends when Blanche begins to work in Marie's lab, and they share their thoughts (and despair) about life and love. When Marie has an affair with a married man, her li ...more
Stephan Frank
Any author venturing into "Historical Fiction" is walking a rather fine line with me - you guessed it, I am not the greatest fan of that genre. Make that line even thinner when eminent Scientists are involved, that alone can be a minefield. However, in the case of "The book about Blanche and Marie" Enquist does indeed meet my approval. Especially for his way of interweaving the purely fictional stories of the two women with descriptions of the strange period in which science found itself at that ...more
Metulj v preobleki

Kako lahko metulj, ki pobegne iz nebes lahko napiše knjigo o ljubezni? Metulj v preobleki je Witt, ali Blanche 2, Blanche 3, Blanche 12, v igri vloge pacientke z histeričnimi motnjami, se po smrti slavnega nevrologa Charcota, ki je odkril multiplo sklerozo, pozdravi in osvobodi. A le za nekaj časa, saj jo poskusi, ki jih izvaja z Nobelovo nagrajenko Marie Curie, izmaličijo. Dotik modre svetlobe, ki je samosijoča, samožareča, radij, povzroči bolezni, zaradi katerih izgubi vse ud
It's an unusual, and in parts an engrossing read, but it is also an odd book. Blanche's pronouncements tend to be either random, disjoint, repetitive or melodramatic, so the idea of framing the narrative around her notebooks does not work for me.

Enquist does not seem to be interested in personalities or character building, the characterisation of both Blanche and Marie is flat. Blanche is portrait as a remarkable woman who sees her role as "explaining the connection between radium, death, art a
Marthe Bijman
Only when you are about halfway through this book do you think of checking on the cover and title page to see whether it is fiction or non-fiction. And it clearly states – “A Novel” and “fiction”. It is a feature of Enquist’s writing that he builds fascinating fiction around fairly small and obscure historical references. In this case the reference is a painting by Andre Brouillet, entitled “A Clinical Lesson at the Salpetriere” [Hospital], that depicts a female patient of 19th century Neurologi ...more
This book was EXCELLENT! Translated from Swedish, this is an historical novel using the devices of foreshadowing and repetition. I loved this unique writing style.

The cover gives a good indication of what the book is about. Blanche Wittman is on the cover. She has spent time in a home named Salpetriere where she is studied by French doctors as a "medium". We would call, what she displays, multiple personalities. She is treated for hysteria through hypnotism and the ovary compressor. Yes, how sc
Entre 3 et 4 (j'ai vraiment du mal à noter les livres)
Sujet très intéressant, mais j'ai parfois eu du mal à comprendre ce que voulait exprimer l'auteur... Il se base si j'ai bien compris sur des documents réels, les carnets/journaux de Blanche, dont on a de longues citations. Je pense que j'aurais beaucoup aimé lire ces carnets seuls. L'auteur y apporte des précisions, un commentaire, mais je n'ai guère su saisir ses allusions, le plus souvent (critique-t-il Charcot ? j'en ai eu un peu l'impress
Žao mi je Enquiste dragi, ali ovo stvarno ne valja. Previše tlačiš. Samozadovoljavaš se. Previše ponavljaš. Dramatiziraš oko ničega.
Što si ovim čudom htio postići? Možda bih i uspio shvatiti kada bi napregnuo ovaj svoj mozgić, ali...neće mi se!
Podsjećaš me na jednog moga profesora iz studentskih dana - ti si tu radi sebe, a čitatelj je modni dodatak tvom svemoćnom intelektu. Trebali bi biti počašćeni što si do nas uopće i došao.
Uh! Baš sam lud!
Zvuči tako obećavajuće. A gdje ćeš i ljepše teme od
Ok, I am not rating this. I finished it a while ago and have not known how to rate it. It is an odd and disturbing book. It is creative, fascinating and important, too. And, very cleverly written. Although I "knew" about Marie Curie from the perspective of an elementary school student -- didn't we all "study" her and have her held up as role model (esp for the girls)? This is good historical fiction so I feel that I learned a lot about her. I also had a vague recollection about Charcot from stud ...more
Feb 01, 2011 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Chrissie, Hayes, Virginie
Just arrived from France through BM.

page 24:
Je ne comprends pas les caprices de cette radiation, elle apparait spontanément, comme si je me tenais devant la surface d'une mer et voyais quelque chose commencer a bouger, a croitre, comme si la mer était un être vivant, un animal marin ou une fleur naturelle, et que je voyais les feuilles se tendre vers moi, cette radioactivité me semble transgresser la première règle de la thermodynamique, quelle est don l'origine primitive de cette force?

I've a
Mēģinājums 200 lappusēs izstāstīt piecus stāstus, pie viena izskaidrojot visu 20. gadsimtu, mīlestību un zinātni, kas beigās drīzāk līdzinās krustvārdu mīklai nekā grāmatai. Interesantas idejas, bet grūti nāktos ieteikt citiem.
This book is on the 1001 Books list and I can't figure out why. Is it okay? Yes. Is it one of the best books ever or incredibly influential or a cultural force? No, no, and no. So, why is it on the list? I think every list of "best" books has to include a few obscure, perplexing choices that make no sense and seemed designed to make people think that the makers of the list have profound taste and intelligence that the average person cannot comprehend.

Since reading this book, it's been brought to
Curious Squid
An odd book. The Marie in the title is Marie Curie, and Blanche was at one point her assistant in the lab. Blanche who was a well known hysteria patient when she was younger eventually becomes a triple amputee due to radiation poisoning. While the amputation is mentioned repeatedly in the book, it is not the main story. Based on historical records the book gives a glimpse into the medicine, the science and the mores of the times.

I had never heard of the scandal in Marie Curie's life, and while
Chaotic, broken, full of pain. Utterly beautiful. Both - this book and love stories depicted in it.


Haotiska, pat sviestana; sāpīga; vājprātīgi skaista.

"Nevajag taču pakļauties. Vienmēr pastāv kas labāks par nāvi. Kurš varēja viņai pārmest?
Kā vēlāk izrādījās - daudzi."

"Zviedri mani negrib. Viņi vēlas, lai es aiz kauna labprātīgi atsakos no [Nobela] prēmijas.
- Un ko tu domā darīt? - Blānša jautāja.
- Man nav nekā, ko sev pārmest, - Marija gandrīz nedzirdami čukstēja, kā pārbaudot, vai vārdi
Obwohl dieses Buch hochgepriesen wurde, bin ich damit nicht warm geworden. Ich denke, das liegt eher am etwas abgehackten Prosastil des Autors, der mir wirklich nicht liegt. Die Zwischendrin-Verweise auf seine eigene Familie (Mutter, Großmutter?) machten das irgendwie nicht besser. Auf diese Wart ergibt sich für mich kein wirklicher Spannungsbogen, sodass ich in das Buch nicht "reinkam".

Insgesamt: interessant wegen der beiden Protagonistinnen, aber kein Buch dass mir größere historische Einblic
Sandra Sawicka
Enquist's prose is amazing. You may never guess from the beginning of the sentence how it will end. The novel grabs your attention from the very beginning. It's not a typical historical novel, not in the slightest. It's disjointed and often repeats itself, or circles back to the same event. It's not chronological and doesn't even attempt to let the reader in. Having said that, I couldn't stop reading in there's something wicked and fascinating about it.
blanche è blanche wittman, la regina delle isteriche e paziente preferita di charcot alla salpetrière, marie è marie sklodowska curie- la grande scienziata due volte premio nobel e questo libro racconta le loro storie che si intrecciano. la guarigione di blanche, l'isteria, la scoperta del radio- rilucente e mortale, i tormenti di marie tra scienza e sentimenti, le amputazioni e le malattie, l'amore e il perbenismo della francia. fascinoso.
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Per Olov Enquist, better known as P. O. Enquist is one of Sweden's internationally best known authors. He has worked as a journalist, playwright, and novelist. In the nineties, he gained international recognition with his novel The Visit of The Royal Physician.

After a degree in History of literature at Uppsala University he worked as a newspaper columnist and TV debate moderator from 1965 to 1976.
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