Una forma de vida
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Todo empieza cuando una novelista llamada Amélie Nothomb recibe una carta de uno de sus lectores, un soldado norteamericano, Melvin Mapple, que le escribe desde Irak. Mapple contrae una enfermedad, común entre los soldados. Y es la existencia de este padecimiento lo que deja al lector en estado de shock, lo hechiza y lo sume en un relato alucinante en el que, como en otras...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published 2012 by Anagrama (first published 2010)
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Elisabetta
Mi sono imbattuta in questo romanzo per caso.
Era un poì' che avevo voglia di leggere un romanzo della Nothomb e ne ho scelto uno, così, senza neanche leggere la trama.
Avevo sentito dire che la Nothomb o la ami o la odi.. Sono sincera, io non l'ho ancora capito.

Certamente questo romanzo parla di una forma di vita che non è sana, non è attiva, ma è quella di un obeso..
Un uomo che arriva ad un punto dove è impossibile tornare indietro, perchè il cibo è la peggior droga che si può trovare in commerc...more
Sonia
This was a particularly unusual story to read. I have been recently favouring translated fiction and so far it has been a bit of a hit and miss experience.

The blurb was not appealing at all but I was still very intrigued. It is not often I’m faced with such a unique storyline. This novella is a narrative by one Amelie Nothomb (yes, the same name as the author) with mostly exchanges of letters between her and a soldier stationed in Iraq. We subsequently discover that this soldier, Melvin Mapple,...more
John Pappas
Richly symbolic and deeply allegorical, this quasi-epistolary novel tells the tale of two inveterate fiction writers -- one, the author-made-character, Belgian writer Amelie Nothomb, and two, a depressed and increasingly obese correspondent whose tales of self-loathing and self-obliteration in occupied Iraq captivate Nothomb. Both a political allegory and fascinating psychological drama, Nothomb's book is about both personal and cultural narcissism, the resulting lack of self-knowledge, and usin...more
Phillio96
Ein merkwürdiges Buch.
Mich überfiel eines Tages die Lust, ein Amélie Nothomb-Buch umgehend zu lesen. Also kaufte ich mir "So etwas wie ein Leben" (frz.: "Une forme de vie"), auch wenn mir der Klappentext am wenigsten zusagte.
Es beginnt mit einem Briefwechsel zwischen der Autorin und einem US-Soldaten im Krieg, in welchem es über die krankhafte Fettleibigkeit des Soldaten geht, welche durch den Dienst an der Front ausgelöst wurde.
So gestalten sich ca. die ersten 100 Seiten, in denen ab und zu pac...more
Simon
Nothomb's books are often unconventional, yet this one still surprised me with its mixture of reality and fiction, the subject matter, the format, and the plot twists towards the end. In the space of 170 pages, as well as telling an involving and moving story she manages to touch on issues of body image, written vs. verbal communication, fame, writing itself, and much more besides. Impressive stuff.
My Inner Shelf
Youpi, le Nothomb 2010 est arrivé. Je ne sais pas pourquoi je persiste à la lire chaque année. Sans doute en souvenir de mes premiers émois nothombesques avec ses premiers romans, autobiographiques ou non. Un réflexe auquel on ne pense pas.
Mon attachement à son œuvre reste assez profond pour me pousser à tenter le coup tous les ans, et cette fois, je trouve que le niveau remonte un chouïa.
Ce que je souhaite y trouver à chaque fois y est. Style, maîtrise de la langue, vocabulaire soigné, mais jam...more
Jerome Parisse
Amelie Nothomb, the prolific Belgian writer, is an interesting person. Her always short, definitely out-there, novels (some of them more novellas than novels) revolve around a small number of common themes: impossible love, eating disorders, obesity, Japan, and self-introspection. She writes in French, but many of her novels have been translated in several other languages. Some of her books available in English include, Fear and Trembling, The Character of Rain, Tokyo Fiancée, The Life of Hunger...more
Textor Texel
Издательство «Иностранка» порадовало нас пополнением своей коллекции милых книжечек карманного формата романом Нотомб. Как и другие книжки серии, её приятно держать в руке и хочется сразу побежать к кассе, оплачивать (что мы, собственно, и сделали, чуть позже). Итак, роман описывает один из интересных случаев, связанных с почтовой перепиской Амели и одним из её читателей. Она получает письмо от американского солдата, который служит в Ираке. Он прочитал все её романы и решил, что лишь Нотомб може...more
annik
Первые 30 страниц этой книги мне читали вслух — потрясающе иначе воспринимается любой текст. Меня захватило настолько, что я дочитывала эту книгу в поезде, в 12 ночи, прекрасно зная, что по приезду мне на работу, и я безусловно не высплюсь.
Книга волшебная, я только спустя несколько книг Нотомбик начала ощущать ее вкус и оттенок. Мне нравится небольшой объем ее книжулек, и способность вместить себя в них по максимуму.

В этой речь идет о переписке самой Нотомб с американским солдатом, который под...more
Sonia
qui: http://cuoredinchiostro.blogspot.com/...

Amélie Nothomb è un'artista ultramoderna: prende un'idea, non necessariamente originalissima, le dà forma con carta e inchiostro e ne ricava, solitamente, un'opera particolare, che anche se non otterrà il riconoscimento generale, riuscirà in ogni modo a far parlare di sé.
Capita così un po' con tutti i suoi romanzi, e Una forma di vita non è da meno.
In sole 116 pagine la Nothomb è capace di costruire una bella architettura, come se la lettura di quelle...more
Sergsab
Parecía que ya nada podría sorprenderme de Nothomb. Estuvimos juntos durante mucho tiempo. Se apagó la magia y cada uno siguió por su lado. Así que las esperanzas de esta nueva incursión nothombiana era más una obligación por deudas pendientes que por puro interés.

Sorpresa, claro. Cuando no esperas nada cualquier cosa es bienvenida. Y en esta breve novela, son muchas las cosas que llegan para quedarse, para lavar la imagen desprestigiada de la Helena Bonham Carter de las letras.

En esta ocasión,...more
Andrew
Two hundred pounds is already a huge person. I’m richer by one whole huge person now. Since she came and joined me here, I’ve been calling her Scheherazade. It’s not very kind to the real Scheherazade, who must have been a slender creature. But I’d rather identify her with one person and not two, and with a woman rather than a man, probably because I’m heterosexual. Besides, I like the idea of Scheherazade. She speaks to me all night long. She knows I can’t make love anymore, so instead of doing...more
Iris
A graphomaniac, Nothomb creates at least one novel per year while maintaining an immense correspondence. She's known to respond personally to each letter she receives. This novel dramatizes that practice: Amélie shares her (fictional) letters to and from a melancholy US soldier in Iraq. A Baltimore-born soldier who has read all her novels? An incisive insider critique of junk-food mess halls? A way into the vast problem of military health? (Check out an article in Slate about the appalling smorg...more
Guillermo Jiménez
Alguien que me vio leyendo mepreguntó: «¿Qué tal está?». Muy bien, le respondí. De hecho, sí, muy bien. Habla sobre la escritura, la creación literaria, la obesidad.

No dije que hablaba sobre la comunicación.

Suelo no citar sobre lo que leo, pero, eso no omite el hecho de que casi siempre tomo algunas citas. Tengo una libreta donde transcribo esas notas, sin orden, sin acomodo, solo que se aproveche todo el espacio en blanco disponible.

Sin embargo: «Detrás de toda obra se esconde una pretensión en...more
A.
This is a strange little novella translated from the French. The narrator is the author Amelie Nothomb. I usually love this kind of thing, especially when Philip Roth did it in Operation Shylock, and I enjoyed Nothomb's take on playing with identity. Nothomb, the fictional narrator, gets into a correspondence with an obese American soldier in Iraq. The letters back and forth are fascinating, but sometimes Nothomb's commentary on what's happening is less than astute. The criticisms of the war see...more
Josipa Marenić
Od iste autorice ima još hrpa dobrih knjiga. Sve odlikuje bizarnost, britkost, jezgrovitost i nepredvidivost!
Isadora
Amélie Nothomb proves once again that she is the master of originality with Une Forme de Vie. She creates a fictitious Nothomb who one day receives a letter from an American soldier stationed in Iraq, Melvin Mapple. Mapple reveals through his correspondence with the Belgian writer his unique way of repenting for the sins of a military man. Could his twisted justifications be considered an art form?
Jessie in Fashion Limbo
Great if you want to improve your French. Short and sweet, interesting story.
Sylvia
Como siempre, Nothomb me sorprende.
Lo que empieza como una relación epistolar se vuelve de pronto una intriga de vida y cuerpo de hambre y sueño de ficción y realidad. ¿Es esto una novela? no lo sé, poco importa porque la autora logra... no no no, el señor Mapple logra envolvernos en su vida y en su peso. Una forma de vida presenta un twist al final que lo deja a uno sin aliento.
Alise Wascom
Amelie Nothomb's latest is a genre-defying feat: epistolary and prose, autobiographical while fictional, at once philosophical and topical. Ultimately, a beautiful little novel, told through correspondence between the "author" and an obese soldier serving in Iraq, which addresses what it means to be human and the ways in which words can save us.
Aidan Watson-Morris
compellingly weird, ultimately flawed book. the self centeredness of the narrative worked in the intentionally childish loving sabotage, but here it made the whole thing feel ill conceived.
Josephina
Ending is weak. I am not sure if the ending was a Nothomb type of ending, or is it that she did not know how to finish the story.
P. Rose
Amelie Nothomb writes well. She frequently inserts herself into her stories when she is not in fact the protagonist. Her stories are often bizarre and have an otherworldly quality to them.

I knew all this when I picked up Une forme de vie. The pleasure of her other books inspired me to read it. This one, though, just didn't stack up.

I like least the books in which Nothomb plays a large role, but this one was especially narcissistic. Fictional fan letters? That goes a little far, don't you think,...more
Martin
Добре, писането на Амели Нотомб никога не ме е впечатлявало. Към тази книга бях привлечен, защото обичам епистоларизма, имам интерес и към темата за хранителните разстройства. И, о, изненада - тази книга на пръв поглед съчетава и двете. Но...тъкмо в момента, в който започнах сериозно (и положително) да оценявам идеята за булемията на един войник като социален протест и рефлекция на пацефизъм, авторката не успява да удържи, по моему, наратива и завършва с формирането на една лъжа - евтин психолог...more
Iliyana
В последното си ревю за книга на Нотомб, а именно това за „Любовен саботаж“, прибързах с изказването си, че писателката, бидейки една от моите най-големи слабости, не би ме разочаровала дори да напише нещо незадоволително. Осъзнах го, когато прочетох „Форма на живот“, последната излязла нейна книга на български език. Разбира се, тук не може да става въпрос за зле написана книга, все пак това е Нотомб. По-скоро усетих как щастието ми от новоизлязлата ѝ книга беше помрачено от един дебелак.

Във „Фо...more
Jacqueline Wagenstein
"Имам някаква форма на зависимост от Амели и нейните романи. И понеже зависимостите са една от любимите й теми, сигурна съм, че тя го очаква от читателите си. Просто не мога да не си купя поредната й книга, независимо колко съм била разочарована, озадачена или огорчена от предишните. В текстовете й има нещо, което възприемам много лично.
Прочитайки „Форма на живот“ вече знам защо толкова обичам Амели – защото тя ни пише. Всяка нейна книга е като едно специално, лично писмо до читателите й, които...more
Jason
This short novella is a quick and interesting read, although ultimately it does not feel fully successful to me. It largely consists of an exchange of letters between "Amélie Nothomb" and Melvin Mapple, who claims to be a soldier in Iraq. The letters start short and oddly with Mapple saying that only she can understand him, but then they start to get longer as he explains that in an act tantamount to sabotage he and his "buddies" are rapidly gaining weight. He tells her that he imagines that the...more
Jos
De beroemde Franse schrijfster Amélie Nothomb is een onverbeterlijke brievenschrijfster. Op een mooie decemberdag zit er een wel zeer vreemde brief tussen haar fanmail. Soldaat 2e klasse Melvin Mapple vraagt haar vanuit Bagdad om begrip voor zijn lijden. Nothombs nieuwsgierigheid is zo groot dat ze haar reserves opzijschuift en een uitvoerige correspondentie begint met die opstandige Amerikaanse soldaat. In plaats van een hongerstaking voert Mapple een eetprotest tegen de oorlog. Hij vreet zich...more
Celeste Rousselot

Life Forms depicts a strange relationship revealed by the correspondence of the author, a Belgian woman, with an obese American soldier in Iraq. Partially based on real-life events but definitely fictionalized to a fair extent, the tale, originally written in French, is woven of yarns of society’s treatment of the obese with meditations on the differences between American and European understanding of war and reflections upon the author’s inner conversations about her tendency towards magical th...more
Eccentrika
Nel bene o nel male i libri della Nothomb non lasciano indifferenti. Sono libri diversi, spiazzanti, così poco convenzionali da attirare su di loro grandi elogi o grandi critiche. Io non sono un'esperta di questa autrice, è solamente il suo secondo libro che leggo, e il primo, ahimè, non mi era piaciuto per niente. "Una forma di vita" invece devo dire che mi ha abbastanza colpita. E' redatto in prima persona dall'autrice stessa, la protagonista è lei, e non si capisce bene se la storia che sta r...more
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Amélie Nothomb was born in Kobe, Japan to Belgian diplomats. She lived there until she was five years old, and then subsequently lived in China, New York, Bangladesh, Burma, a stint in Coventry and Laos.

She is from a distinguished Belgian political family; she is notably the grand-niece of Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb, a Belgian foreign minister (1980-1981). Her first novel, Hygiène de l'assassin, wa...more
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“There is only one way to overcome the difficulty of writing, and that is to write. Thought only becomes effective and productive at the time of writing.” 2 likes
“The nature of the epistolary genre was revealed to me: a form of writing devoted to another person. Novels, poems, and so on, were texts into which others were free to enter, or not. Letters, on the other hand, did not exist without the other person, and their very mission, their significance, was the epiphany of the recipient.” 1 likes
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