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Due giovani amanti. Una camera da letto. La notte, che distende la sua coltre di buio e silenzio. Lui vorrebbe dirle che è finita, che la loro relazione è giunta al capolinea, ma non trova le parole. Lei si prende amorevolmente cura di lui, gli offre le sue carezzevoli nudità. Entrambi si lasciano andare voluttuosamente, fumano dell’erba. All’improvviso ha inizio per lui u ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 2012 by Zandonai (first published 1979)
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Mariel
Jan 07, 2012 Mariel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the cast of Degrassi when they graduate to Lifetime movies of the week
Recommended to Mariel by: I'm too bored to remember
I didn't care about this book. This guy gets high instead of breaking up with his girlfriend. It reminded me of watching someone else play a video game. Or reading a pamphlet about the effects of hallucinogenic drugs. Or reading a pamphlet about a man who doesn't know what he wants. If he had it he'd stare at it in his hands and say to the waitress, whose phone number sits forgotten in his pocket from just five minutes before, "I didn't order this." I didn't care. If you tried to define the word ...more
Kathryn
While it had a few good ideas, mostly it felt like a "you had to be there" story. (And by "you had to be there," I mean, "you had to be high.")

The plot stands thus: man goes to girlfriend's to break up. He gets high. He leaves the next morning, still alive.

Everything to him was intense, but for the sober reader, apart from a few interesting notions, it was repetitive and rather worthless.

::Wait, is this happening? No. Yes? No. What time is it? 12:30. Nipples! Wait, is this happening? Nipples!
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No Books
Mar 22, 2012 No Books rated it it was ok
Expressway to Yr. Skull

Péter Nádas (1942) è oggi annoverato tra i più importanti scrittori ungheresi contemporanei. Ha vinto numerosi premi, soprattutto in area mitteleuropea, e negli ultimi anni è stato costantemente sul punto di vincere il Nobel per la letteratura. Ma il riconoscimento internazionale è relativamente recente, e giunge dopo lunghi anni nei quali la sua produzione era ignorata in patria. All’inizio della sua carriera letteraria, d’altro canto, il rifiuto di collaborare con i ser
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Brandon Prince
Jun 01, 2016 Brandon Prince rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting experiment that convincingly recreates an experience of getting too high. The narrator smokes weed with his girlfriend and freaks out, gets trapped in his mind, and experiences near-hallucinogenic paranoid delusions. Being an intellectual, he attempts to extricate himself from his 'bad trip' by trying to explain his experience of disembodied consciousness. In vain, he embarks on a series of phenomenological musings on time, body and consciousness -- each attempt plunging him furth ...more
Michael
Aug 17, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A reflection from the inside of time withheld, suspended, frozen, like a photographer's image, in which my wife, jokingly, kept asking 'Eva' -- 'Yes, dear' -- 'What time is it?' -- 'It's half past twelve, dear'.

But this joke is not so far from the truth. The sheer interior monologue fills up pages and pages (about 100) in which time does not seem to move. Is he making fun of Proust or honouring him?
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P��ter N��das (1942) �� oggi annoverato tra i pi�� importanti scrittori ungheresi contemporanei. Ha vinto numerosi premi, soprattutto in area mitteleuropea, e negli ultimi anni �� stato costantemente sul punto di vincere il Nobel per la letteratura. Ma il riconoscimento internazionale �� relativamente recente, e giunge dopo lunghi anni nei quali la sua produzione era ignorata in patria. All���inizio della sua carriera letteraria, d���altro canto, il rifiuto di collaborare con i servizi segreti d ...more
Rebecca Cooper
This short book takes place over a single night, as a couple smoke hallucinogenic drugs, and the male narrator trips deeper and deeper into his own mind. His existential mental ramblings are a chore to keep up with at times, but it's also (what I would imagine to be) an incredibly realistic portrayal of a drug trip. At times I was with the narrator, with his fears of going insane and feeling on the brink of death and his philosophical realizations on the nature of love and reality. Other times t ...more
David
Jan 22, 2015 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is like that time you were at a party and decided not to get high with everyone else and you had to sit there and watch as everyone giggled uncontrollably, looked at their hands, was mesmerized by their perception of time distortion, and waxed high-school-philosophical about the nature of being and just, like, what does it mean to be a person, man? Not recommended.
Gijs Grob
Te lang durende bespiegelingen van een man onder invloed van wiet. Elke seconde wordt minitiuus beschreven. De angst van de hoofdpersoon om de werkelijkheid te verliezen is beklemmend, maar door het circulaire karakter van de stream of consciousness wordt het verhaal eerder saai dan spannend, en het einde is een sof.
Gia ~
Jun 20, 2007 Gia ~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: some*only.
"It would be nice to decide what belongs to imagination and what to reality."
"My story is stripped down to its bare essentials: between existence and nonexistence.
"I'd like to believe in wat i m seeing! But do I really see what I see, or merely imagine that I do?"
*interesting like a bad drug trip.
David M
Jul 10, 2015 David M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book isn't good. It's kind of inspiring to know that, before he could write A Book of Memories and Parallel Stories, Nadas had to start by writing crappy imitations of Samuel Beckett, just like anyone else.
Alexander Hirka
I would rather smoke marijuana myself than read about someone else's interior experiences (because nothing is really happening, I think) while high. Oh, and I don't even enjoy marijuana.
Vita Flumen
Mar 19, 2014 Vita Flumen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hungarian novelist, essayist, and dramatist, a major central European literary figure. Nádas made his international breakthrough with the monumental novel A Book of Memories (1986), a psychological novel following the tradition of Proust, Thomas Mann, and magic realism.

Péter Nádas was born in Budapest, as the son of a high-ranking party functionary. Nádas's grandfather, Moritz Grünfeld, changed h
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