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I'm Not Stiller

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  2,224 ratings  ·  85 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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Sadaf Matinkhoo
"I'm not Stiller" says the man arrested in Zurich and accused of being the missing Mr. Stiller. He denies being Stiller at nay cost, yet there is undeniable evidence against his denial! So, is he or is he not Stiller? I can't say I know the answer to this question even now that I've finished the book, and that is the beauty of it. (view spoiler) ...more
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 کلا
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Steffi
Großartiger Roman über Selbst- und Fremdbild, wie wir selbst diesem eigenen Bild zu entkommen versuchen und andere uns mit ihrem Bild von uns beeinflussen. Die Schweiz der 50er Jahre, die hier als besonders verklemmt und ordnungsliebend beschrieben wird ist dabei den 50er Jahren in Deutschland, ja in mancher Hinsicht auch der Gegenwart gar nicht so unähnlich.
Batu
Frisch is a master of philosophical conflicts such as identity-crisis and self-exploration. I'm Not Stiller closely examines the downward spiral of a self-victimizing protagonist, and subtly underlines the nature of accepting, and fighting the self. Although the story gets blurry and murky at some parts, especially when Frisch dives into the fictions and fantasies of Anatol, I always had a sense of personal connection to the story that presented the mind of a conflicted man, and the love chronic ...more
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 Sartres 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 Im not Stiller was written. Its slightly out-dated, though well-written and witty. I just wasn't that interested. ...more
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
Nadine Spahni
A man who refuses to be himself - this book is difficult and it is magnificent! I have written my final thesis on this book and read it about three times, parts of it about 30 times and I still haven't grasped all there is to it. It definitely is for people who like to work a little bit while reading, it's not an easy read but sometimes quite confusing, the characters unlikable but oh so very human. I really liked the portrayal of the different women in Anatol Stillers life and the way it target ...more
Martinus Benders

Eloquent, conceptual and full of keen observations: while less wild than some of the work in his dairies, this is probably the best book to start with if you want to read Frisch. I love it. Sometimes the pace is a bit slow, but that's usually compensated by the amazingly clever details Frisch manages to implement into his story.
Austenlove
Hat mir leider nicht so gut gefallen, was ich wirklich schade finde, weil ich Homo Faber von Frisch geliebt habe. Irgendwie musste ich mich regelrecht durch das Buch quälen, ich fand es einfach nicht interessant, weder die Figuren noch die Handlung.
Katherina
Das Ende fühlt sich komisch an. Traurig und seltsam.
Ben Winch
Dull, obvious, dead-seeming, saturated with irrelevant detail.
Yossarian
They don't write books like this anymore - felt very of its time, of the milieu of Camus and Sartre, authenticity, identity, etc - and that's not in the slightest a criticism. In fact oddly, despite that, there were some very modern, or perhaps perennial issues brought up - such as how modern technology affecting the world, touching on Walter Benjamin concerns - I could easily lift some of it for a rant against the downsides of the internet. I did feel it went a little off the rails at the end ( ...more
Amir Yaghoubi
اتفاقا تصمیم داشتم یک نقد پر و پیمان برایش بنویسم و حسابی از خدمت کتابی که اندازه عید پارسال سرکارم گذاشت بربیام. این نقد زیبا رو از یاشار دیدم که جز یک نکته که اشاره خواهم کرد کامل بود و برای همین اینجا همخوانش میکنم.
نکته هم بیش از کتاب به ترجمه برمیگردد. من کتاب را با ترجمه «حسن نقرهچی» و چاپ انتشارات نیلوفر خواندم. ترجمه بقدری روان بود که درجاهایی که کتاب از نفس میفتاد باعث ادامه خوانش و درجایی که کتاب به تاخت میرفت لذت کتاب را زیر زبان میاورد.

این هم نقد یاشار:
Here is a review by Yashar: ht
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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
Vic Van
If this book did in some way stand out, it was mostly because I felt some sort of connection with the main character and saw similarities between the relationship with his wife, and my own marriage. Very insightful, but also very painful.
The story itself is intertwined with short philosophical passages that required my full attention as they were not that easy to comprehend.
A remarkable book that surprised me in that I have loved it more than I had expected, but for me personally, no true revela
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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
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 مقا ...more
Patrick Bättig
Mann will nicht sich selbst sein, wegen Liebe zu Frau die Ihn unglücklich macht
Inaniel
I like his other books a lot more. This one was to volatile for my taste.
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