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Hoţii de frumuseţe

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  1,260 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
"Frumuseţea este oare o crimă? Trebuie să pedepsim fiinţele superbe pentru că ne expun la spectacolul perfecţiunii lor? Undeva, la graniţa dintre Franţa şi Elveţia, trei oameni pun la cale un complot împotriva frumuseţii. Să fie la mijloc doar izbucnirea halucinatorie a unei perversiunii sadice? Nici vorbă. Avem de-a face cu o doctrină şi aplicarea ei obstinantă: complotiş ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published 2005 by Trei (first published August 27th 1997)
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Ella Link
Sep 06, 2011 Ella Link rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it in Romanian, and first thing I have to say, as a person who has learned some French, is that the translation has many mistakes.
Other than that, I definitely recommend the book, to anyone who wants to better understand what people mean when they talk about the very specific spirit of frenchmen.
The way all the characters are obsessed with growing old and ugly is a very well designed metaphor for how the modern society has devolved from trying to strengthen their spirit, to trying to con
Mar 06, 2013 Cristina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nu am, din nefericire, prea multe lucruri de spus despre romanul asta, tocmai pentru ca cei de la Editura Trei au avut ideea destul de proasta sa divulge, pe coperta IV, cam tot ce se intampla in carte.

Cum am zis si in cazul altor titluri, ceea ce s-a scris in peste 200 de pagini, se putea scrie in 50.

Stilul narativ e simpatic, adica,...intr-un fel, cred ca e tipic frantuzesc. Cam la fel scrie si Amelie Nothomb, cu aceleasi cuvinte, si cred, cu aceeasi constructie a frazei.
Ideea e interesanta, d
Aug 27, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Čudna ali i zanimljiva priča. Dvoje mladih izgubi se u Alpama, jer im se auto pokvario, naiđu slučajno na ''planinarsku kuću'' u kojoj žive muž, žena i sluga. Prvu noć svi su ljubazni i nude gostoprimstvo. Druga noć počinje nešto čudno u zraku, muž i žena se svađaju, od sluge imaju neugodan osjećaj od samog početka...Gosti osjećaju da moraju što prije napustiti tu okolinu. Auto nikako da poprave, pitanje je da li su domaćini uopće i uputili poziv. Kad ovo dvoje pokušava pobjeći počinje ''lov''. ...more
Alecu Matraguna
Jan 19, 2014 Alecu Matraguna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Am cam uitat ce stări lasă în urma sa scrierile lui Bruckner. Anxietate? Dezolare? Resemnare? Toate luate împreună, plus teribila plăcere a lecturii.

Obsesia îmbătrânirii, frica rămolirii inevitabile, josnicia umană pentru a fura balsamul tinereții, frustrări prea multe și prea naturale - sunt câteva din temele abordate în acestă carte. Dezolant de bună carte, de altfel.

"Perversiunea mea personală este aceea de a fi patologic de normală. Până la urmă, în dragoste, cel mai rău dintre clişee nu e
Dec 08, 2012 Dorina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Χλιαρή κόπια του Lunes de Fiel. Το συνεχές και άσκοπο παραλήρημα των πρωταγωνιστών, που δεν καταλήγει πουθενά, καταφέρνει να κουράσει τον αναγνώστη. Σε 287 σελίδες αναπαράγεται ξανά και ξανά ιστορία 25 σελίδων (max). Τουλάχιστον η αφήγηση είναι εν μέρει αγωνιώδης. Βέβαια, that's a fact, αφού ο συγγραφέας εφαρμόζει το ίδιο κολπάκι (no spoilers here) που έπιασε τόπο στο Lunes de Fiel. Ίσως αν το διάβαζα Αύγουστο, παρέα με δυο μοχίτο, να είχα άλλη γνώμη.
Bucur Veronica
Mar 27, 2015 Bucur Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" Aștepți dezastrul cu o asemenea punctualitate, încât atunci când vine fericirea, nici măcar nu bagi de seamă. "
Nov 28, 2012 Olga rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Literatura de bulevard.
May 14, 2016 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Laura Tofan
Interesting subject.. But It made me hoping that something more will happen.. And it didn't ! It's like he rushed into bringing this story to an end. On the other hand I liked the way his phrases are constructed, words are flowing.
Malinka Reads
I read this book in a few hours! The Beauty Stealers (original name Les Voleurs de Beauté, published in 1996) by Pascal Bruckner is an original and rough book, which presents the game of power between women and men, and most of all, the game of power between beautiful and ugly. The idea is extremely new (at least to me), it is strange, pessimistic, violent and sometimes just scary and the writing style is definitely french.
The novel is structured on 2 main stories: Helene & Benjamin’s story
Anita Ghilan
Bruckner is one of those rare authors who succeeds in breaking the reader's mind cage and let every demon free. His books appear like case studies written by the infamous Mr Hyde if he was ever freed from Dr Jekyll's grip of sanity. With my recent lecture of yet another of his books, he surpasses the realm of sanity and real with outstanding easiness.
Although the story is told from the perspective of a lunatic, it unfolds its web to cast the veil of insanity upon the whole universe of the book.
Feb 29, 2016 Hejmegan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Comment un tel livre a-t-il pu obtenir le Prix Renaudot ? C'est à se demander si le jury n'avait rien de mieux à lire ...
Les Voleurs de beauté, ou les folles aventures de Benjamin, un presque-quarantenaire insignifiant (aussi bien pour le lecteur que pour sa propre histoire), est un ouvrage qui nous donne à "réfléchir" sur la beauté et le désir (réflexion très courte pour ma part, n'est-ce pas), en prenant la forme d'une ré-écriture de Barbe Bleue (rien que ça). Si le texte en lui-même n'est pa
Corinne Tr
The ideea seems taken from one of those low budget movies. Honestly i kept hoping that something else will happend besides the obvious..
May 15, 2016 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bruckner uses the framework of a story-within-a-story: a patient in a mental hospital telling an incredible tale to a psychiatrist who has been unlucky in love. The patient's story is a modern-day fairy tale, including an ominous castle in the country, wicked aristocrats served by an evil dwarf, plenty of damsels in distress, and magical sources of youth and aging. The fairy tale is a page-turner, and I couldn't get ahead of the story at any point.

But the book takes on greater meaning when the f
Jul 15, 2012 Février rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deștept franțuz.
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Mar 10, 2014 Andreea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novel gives voice to the frustrations and fears of any decent person who knows that it is socially unacceptable to assess the right to existence and happiness of any human being, based solely on aestetic criteria. However, I am fairly sure that anyone, at a certain point, was faced with the shameful perspective of being jealous of the clear skies ahead of beautiful people.
Alexandra Bordea
I like the book even though it's not one of the best of Pascal Bruckner.At the beginning it may seem a little boring but once you get more into it you can discover the beauty of the story.It shows other faces of human nature and a mixtures of feelings that lead the main character in the wrong way.
Yigru Zeltil
Aug 27, 2014 Yigru Zeltil rated it liked it
At least on a first (rather naive) read, this novel (which, I admit, it is written in a style a tad pop compared to what I usually read - I have read though a very flawed translation in Romanian... and the quasi-philosophical premiss may not be too elaborate or unique either) pleasantly surprised me. Though jarring, it never actually fell into pornography and the plot turned out to be a lot less simpler than the back cover may deem it. The tendency of humans to put each other into positions of p ...more
Florian Langa
Feb 02, 2013 Florian Langa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Started deceivingly, as an apparent descriptive of a downward spiral into the murky waters of sickly relationships, but evolved into an engrossing and much deeper narrative.
A drama with elements of horror, the novel tells the story of a petty thief who steals bits of beauty from the works of others to create his masterpiece, only to have everything turned against him at cosmic proportions. He is turned himself into a work of beauty, a rotting carcass decorated with the most exquisite tastes of
Laurentiu D.
Jan 14, 2015 Laurentiu D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O carte foarte buna, pune niste intrebari interesante despre conceptele fiecaruia despre frumusete.
Interesanta si pentru a observa diferentele dintre societatea franceza si romana.
Ma intreb cum as fi perceput aceasta carte la 50 de ani.
Alexandra Ghecenco
Jun 24, 2013 Alexandra Ghecenco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrilling
I hadn't looked into the plot of the book before starting to read it, so when it was suddenly revealed at the middle of the book, I was in shock. I was actually in the subway and I missed my station. I hadn't expected such a brutal twist from what seemed to be a philosophical dilemma to a real-world, weird and malicious problem. Not many books have left me with this feeling, probably because I tend to inquire what they are about before reading them. Reader-to-reader tip - don't find out too
Jun 16, 2014 verbava rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
так, звісно, люди бувають не занадто розумні, але персонажі цього тексту рівнем інтелекту якось підозріло наближаються до креветок.
Felicia Perșunaru
O carte a regăsirii sinelui prin destăinuirea celuilalt.
Mar 16, 2014 Roxa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're afraid of old age, this is the book for you. As usual, hats off to mister Bruckner, who can actually make a thriller based on a philosophical idea.
Une histoire surprenante, qu'on croirait banale au début mais qui s'avère être prenante et effrayante à la fois.
Andreea Alexandra
Aug 25, 2016 Andreea Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you read it in French, 4 stars.
Nov 27, 2015 Ady ZYN rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literar
Highly recommended
Dec 30, 2014 Jorj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book with an awesome and original plot that eventually gives us an incomplete ending of an undeveloped potential.
Jul 28, 2007 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the ones who love Bruckner
Although is a novel from which I expected more..The key word of it must be - I guess - frustration..A halucinating story, in which cruelty, perversity, hate and sufference are interchangeable into a stange puzzle..
Scarying and strange..
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After studies at the university Paris I and Paris VII, and then at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, he became maître de conférences at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and collaborator at the Nouvel Observateur.

Pascal Bruckner began writing in the vein of the so-called "nouveaux philosophes" and counts among their best known French proponents. He published Parias (Parias), Lunes de
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