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I'm Not Stiller

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  1,794 ratings  ·  69 reviews
The unabridged version of a haunting story of a man in prison. His wife, brother, and mistress recognize him and call him by his name, Anatol Ludwig Stiller. But he rejects them, repeatedly insisting that he’s not Stiller. Could he possibly be right-or is he deliberately trying to shake off his old identity and assume a new one? Translated by Michael Bullock. A Helen and K ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 13th 1994 by Mariner Books (first published 1954)
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Kat Engh
If you ever want to have a conversation with a clerk at City Lights bookstore in San Francisco (yes, home of Ginsberg, Kerouac, and so on) that doesn't leave you feeling frustrated, tell him/her that you are a big fan of Max Frisch. Their response will turn from, "Modern fiction? I am bored with modern fiction," to "I LOVE Frisch, have you read..."

Picture this: a man lands himself in jail, far from his supposed home, accused of being someone else. People from this man's past begin showing up to
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Yashar Yashmi
ستاره (از پنج ستاره): دو و نیم ستاره

من اشتیلر نیستم.‏

عنوان کتاب نامی است که در اولین جمله ی کتاب توسط نویسنده انکار می شود: من اشتیلر نیستم. اشتیلر در تمام یا حداقل عمده ی کتاب انکار می شود. با این حال اصلی ترین و تعیین کننده ترین شخصیت کتاب را شکل می دهد. اشتیلر شخصیتی است که ما نباید آن را قبول داشته باشیم و به عنوان یک ضد قهرمان تقریباً از او متنفر می گردیم. اشتیلر همیشه وقتی خودش است تنفر برانگیز است.شخصیت ِ جالب و بسیار خوبی از اشتیلر روایت می گردد. آن هم تا حدود بسیار زیادی با روش های کل
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Jason
One of these days I'll finish this damn book. I'm about halfway in and just spinning my tires in all of the detail that comes with German-ish postwar writing. I love the idea of mistaken identity and the whole discussion of the sin of projecting identities, false or otherwise, upon a person or thing. I'm interested to know how this ends...if I ever get there!
Hoezodanbooks
Oct 02, 2013 Hoezodanbooks rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: novels, german, 1950s
2.2 / 5
It starts out as an interesting combination of Under the Volcano and The Trial, moves into Thomas Mann territory after a page of 80 and ends in a Hermann Hesse vehicle. Books and authors mentioned before have shown (much) more quality than Frisch did in Stiller. It's a classic meaning-of-life tale with the theory of Hesse (but way too constructed), the grandeur of Mann (but poorly told) and attempts to captivate the reader in a Lowry, Kafka way (in which it's failing). The construction w
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Jakub
This book seems to be playing on Sartre´s assumption that an imprisoned man could be the freest man in the world. That is: tons of existentialism and an analysis of how mediated reality affects people. The only problem is that this book is kind of old, and the themes it deals with have developed quite a lot since I´m not Stiller was written. It´s slightly out-dated, though well-written and witty. I just wasn't that interested.
Ömer Akın
"Neden bana hiç yazmadın?"
Susuyorum.
"Hayatta olup olmadığını bile bilmiyordum."
Susuyorum.
"Yıllardır nerelerdeydin?"
Susuyorum.
"Susuyorsun!-"
Susuyorum. Syf. 56
İnat gerçek bağımsızlığın tam tersidir. Syf. 79
" Evet; bu defterlere yazdığım şeyleri kim okuyacak? Yine de şuna inanıyorum ki, insan yazdıklarını birinin okuyacağını düşünmeden birşey yazmaz, bu kişi yazanın kendisi olsa bile. " Syf. 315
Katherina
Das Ende fühlt sich komisch an. Traurig und seltsam.
Ben Winch
Dull, obvious, dead-seeming, saturated with irrelevant detail.
lyell bark
spoilers he might be still yall
Fragmentage
Stiller, die Hauptperson, vergißt man nicht wieder, er ist keine Romanfigur, sondern ein Individuum, ein in jedem Zug erlebter und überzeugender Charakter.
- Hermann Hesse


So steht es als Klappentext auf meiner abgegriffenen Taschenbuchausgabe von Max Frischs "Stiller".

Diesen modernen Klassiker, eine Charakterstudie mit Plotelementen, könnte man sagen, habe ich als fünftes Lieblingsbuch für die Jahreschallenge bei der Bücherphilosophin gelesen.

Die Geschichte einer gescheiterten Existenz, eines Man
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Stela
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Swissmiss
Title: Stiller (English title: I'm Not Stiller)
Author: Max Frisch
First published: Suhrkamp-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 1954
Edition I read: Suhrkamp-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 1963
Page count: 518 pages

Summary (from Google books): The unabridged version of a haunting story of a man in prison. His wife, brother, and mistress recognize him and call him by his name, Anatol Ludwig Stiller. But he rejects them, repeatedly insisting that he's not Stiller. Could he possibly be right--or is he deliberately
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Nevena Kotarac
Rolf, u obaveze ogrezli državni tužilac, shvata da njegov brak polako propada. Sumnja u ljubav svoje žene, uočava pukotine u njihovom odnosu, naslućuje prevare i prigušene krike, predosjeća konačno nestajanje. Ljubav se prerušila u nesporazum koji zahvata svijet i stvara bol. Rolf, smrvljen očajanjem, odlazi u Đenovu. Tamo će, na raskršću uzanih ulica, dok nevidljivi brodovi oglašavaju putovanja, doživjeti neobičnu nezgodu, intimni ispit zrelosti.
Sibila, njegova žena, prevarila ga je sa Štilero
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Artem Huletski
"Тяжко хранить бодрость перед лицом всего мира, перед большинством человечества, перед его превосходством, которое я не могу не признать. Тяжко одному, без свидетелей, знать то, что ты познал в часы одиночества, тяжко нести в себе знание, которое нельзя ни доказать, ни высказать. Я знаю, что я не пропавший Штиллер и никогда им не был. Клянусь в этом, хоть и не знаю, кто же я. Может быть - никто. И пусть даже мне докажут черным по белому, что среди всех людей, рожденных на свет и занесенных в цер ...more
Martina
This story is about a man who is mistaken for the lost artist Anatol Stiller. He is arrested while boarding a train at the central station in Zurich and imprisoned on remand. The reasons for this imprisonment are shady at best. The Swiss insist that he is "their" long lost Stiller. He is to remain in custody until he admits to being Stiller. While in custody, authorities ask him to submit a written report chronicling the reasons for his alleged, self-imposed exile. The protagonist insists that h ...more
Melusina
Maybe I have waited so long to read this book because I was afraid how much I'd identify (ah, the irony) with this novel. When reading it, I felt myself analysed and understood on every single page: to be someone you are not, to be someone you think you are not, to murder the identity others had of you, to accept who you are and stop struggling against yourself, but to ultimately fail in letting others accept who you really are because they had a different idea of you are/were before you started ...more
Ian Wold
I liked the idea of this book. There are some memorable scenes and some cool ideas that come though the middle. I'm a huge fan of Frisch. This one was too long and didn't have the power of language I was looking for.
Marc L
Heel af en toe doet een mens nog eens een aangename ontdekking. Bij Max Frisch en Stiller is dat zeker het geval. Dit is het verhaal van een man die aan de Zwitserse grens wordt aangehouden omdat hij zich voordoet als een Amerikaan, maar eigenlijk de voortvluchtige Stiller zou zijn. In de cel houdt hij notities bij waardoor we geleidelijk, broksgewijs en vanuit verschillende standpunten, ingewijd worden in zijn verleden, zijn worsteling met zijn identiteit, zijn gecomplexeerde relatie tot zijn v ...more
Saeed Habibi
همیشه وقتی رمانی به دست میگیرم، دوست دارم رمان علاوه بر شخصیت پردازی‌هایی که داره، چیزی رو هم منطقا بخواد برسونه. و همچنین از بررسی احساسات در رمان خوشم نمیاد. از نظر من رمان اگر به بررسی شخصیت ها در داستانش میپردازه، باید منطقی از شخصیت درون هم نصیبت کنه. تو رو به فکر واداره و خودت رو مرکزی برای تشخیص شخصیت های دیگه‌ی داستان قرار بده. چیزی که رمان اشتیلر رو برای من خیلی خاص کرده همین موضوعه. در رمان هر لحظه به این فکر می‌کنید که چقدر شخصیت یک فرد میتونه انعطاف پذیر باشه در حالی که اطرافیانش در ...more
Inaniel
I like his other books a lot more. This one was to volatile for my taste.
Nadine
So long ago, I really should re-read it!
Kusbocek
Perfect book. i am not stiller!
Eli
ای کاش این همه پر گویی نداشت! اشتیلر یه عالمه رز مفت می زد. متنش به کل دو بخش بود، زر مفتهای به درد نخور اشتیلر، حرفای موشکافانه ی تحسین برانگیز اشتیلر. این دو وجهش به شدت در تضاد بودن کلا. یه سری چیزا صددرصد زائد بود به نظرم، یه سری چیزای دیگه به شدت جالب و دوس داشتنی. مثلا پس گفتار دادستان عالی بود. از طرفی کل ماجراهایی که برای کنوبل تعریف می کرد، یه طوری اشتیلر از خودش جدا می شد و می شد سوم شخص ناظر ِفیلم اکشنی چیزی.
در کل ولی ارزش خونده شدن داشت کاملا. هر چند فردریش دورنمات معلوم نبود با خود
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Lana
A man married to a ballet dancer disappears. A couple of years later a man shows up who everyone identifies as the missed person. He denies it and claims that he is nothing but a murderer. He is given a notebook in which he writes down his story through which he discovers his real identity.

It's a great book. Probably the best by Max Frisch in my opinion. I read it once in school, then later again, and picked it up two weeks ago. There is always something new I discover in it. It's in my personal
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Mike Polizzi
Frisch manages to void the character of Stiller by prompting the question of his identity-- the question creates a kind of stasis that allows the reader to understand the man and his capacity to question himself. Thought crimes, European identity after World War II, a comfortable prison where one is treated with dignity, Switzerland, a heart-breaking marriage, breath-taking descriptions of Manhattan and Carlsbad Cavern-- Frisch grapples with the possible and impossible and what each provokes in ...more
Amanda
An interesting read, very good writing style. The author loved descriptions and used them often. About halfway through I got a little bored (and slightly annoyed) as it resembled Anna Karenina. I particularly liked the second part of the book from the Rolf's point of view rather than Stiller/White's. Until about halfway through this part, I was unsure as to whether the "captive" was actually Stiller or not. Gives some food for thought. Overall, pretty good. I would recommend to classics lovers.
Jann
I heard this reviewed on NPR as great classic literature. Really, it's a great classic bore. The premise of the novel is intriguing: Is the man in jail who he claims to be, or is he really the missing Stiller? Since I never made it to the end of the book, I don't know for sure, but I think Stiller was trying to reinvent himself to escape a life and personality he found intolerable. But, it was just too slow and full of relationship chatter with his supposed wife. Ugh.
Luscinnia
Mh, im Großen und Ganzen sehr gut.
Sehr gefallen hat mir der Stil des Autors. Dafür, dass der Roman erstmals 1954 veröffentlich wurde, schreibt er erstaunlich modern und "auf den Punkt". Zeitgenossen neigen da sehr zum Schwafeln, wenn ich das mal so banal ausdrücken darf.
Stellenweise war ich sehr begeistert, vieles war mir dann aber auch zu verwirrend und etwas zu langatmig.
Lenoir
I feel kind of bad giving this two stars. On the one hand the writing was beautiful but on the other hand there isn't really much of a plot and I struggled to get through it. The main character is arrested and everyone thinks he is this man Stiller who disappeared years ago. He writes in his notebook everything he talks about and hears from visitors while he is in jail.
Jessica
Feb 26, 2012 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: own-it
Not a bad book, in and of itself...the writing was lovely and I really enjoyed some sections. Overall, however, I found it pedantic, slow, and ultimately rather dull. I might have gotten more out of it if I had read it for a class, but alas I am past that phase of my life. All in all, I am really happy to finally be done with Stiller and moving on to something else.
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