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Montecore: En unik tiger

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Författaren Jonas Hassen Khemiri får ett oväntat mail från sin pappas barndomskamrat Kadir. På en säregen fransk-arabisk svenska presenterar Kadir en genial idé: "Låt oss kollidera våra kloka huvuden i ambitionen att kreera en biografi värdig din prominente far!" Fadern, den kosmopolitiske superfotografen, har förlorat kontakten med sin familj och försvunnit. Vad var det s ...more
Paperback, 359 pages
Published January 19th 2007 by Månpocket (first published 2006)
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Jul 04, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of the relationship between a boy and his father. The father is from Tunisia and married a Swedish woman and his son was born and raised in Sweden. The book is written mostly as a series of letters between the son, Jonas, and his father's best friend in Tunisia, Kadir. There's so much I want to say about this book and so much I loved about it. I loved the characters and especially the voice of the characters. This book was originally in Swedish and Kadir's character wri ...more
Apr 02, 2015 Lobo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A legérdekesebb aspektusa a könyvnek, hogy bemutatja milyen volt Svédország a 80-as, 90-es években és milyen is ott bevándorlóként élni. Meg kell mondani, hogy nem fenékig tejfel és igen, ott sincs kolbászból a kerítés. Mert ugye a svéd állam mindig is tárt karokkal fogadta a külföldről érkezőket, azonban a helyi lakosság már kicsit másképp vélekedett a dolgokról. Ennek aztán a 90-es években egyre komolyabban hangot is adtak, elég csak a lézere
Katrine Cohen
Sep 23, 2014 Katrine Cohen rated it really liked it
I have read Khemiri's debut Et øje rødt which I loved and so I had high expectations. At first I was a bit disappointed as the pace is somewhat slow and the narrating voice seemed a bit silly. But I changed my mind and now that I've finished it, the book seems to mean more and more and grow in my head.
The book is cleverly set up as a correspondence between Kadir, the Tunesian friend of the boy Jonas' father, and Jonas as a grown up author in Sweden. Jonas' father was Tunesian too and married Jon
Jan 28, 2015 Merkurius rated it really liked it
Det första jag reagerade på i Montecore: En unik tiger var språket. I del ett av boken tyckte jag att språket kändes väldigt krystat - men jag antar att detta är ett medvetet val av författaren - men jag upplevde det som att språket blev aningen mer naturligt i del två; eller så var det mitt läshuvud som hade vant sig vid sättet som boken var skriven på vid det laget. Samtidigt är språket lite av styrkan i boken, för jag kan inte låta bli att älska Jonas Hassen Khemiris superlånga meningar, nyby ...more
Valérie Julie
Dec 14, 2015 Valérie Julie rated it liked it
I ended my reading of this book with mixed feelings. At certain moments, the story was compelling and poignant. I was genuinely moved by the family portrait of struggle, defeat and "strangerness". I also appreciated the sharp undertones, critical spirit and uncomfortable truths in some fragments. At other times however, the narration fell a bit out of sync. The second half of the story - particularly the part which reveals the cracks in the father-son relationship - felt a bit hasty, weary even. ...more
Mar 20, 2014 Jennopenny rated it it was amazing
Jonas Hassen Khemir fortsätter att imponera i den tredje boken jag läser som han har skrivit. Hur han berättar en historia som får mig både skratta och gråta. Hans språkbruk är så annorlunda och bra. Det får mig som läsare att bara vilja fortsätta läsa och den här boken, precis som Khemiris alla böcker, vet jag kommer att vara med mig länge till. Ser redan fram emot att läsa om den någon vacker dag.
Paula Pawlowski
Jun 30, 2015 Paula Pawlowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading the English translation was especially interesting given that a major theme of the book is the power of language-- it is a key to membership in a society and culture. Language is manipulated to serve as a cultural barrier but the fluidity and nuance of the translation adds a layer which questions language's role in determining identity. Definitely a recommended read.
It took me a long time to get into this book. I almost put it down on several occasions. In the end, I'm glad I finished. I found the writing style a little confusing at times, and had a hard time really liking the characters at first. It got better as the book went on. By the end of the book I would have given it four stars.

What I found most interesting was that the book was translated from Swedish. There is so much in the book that deals with language and wordplay that it seems like it would
Dec 27, 2015 Lena rated it liked it
Jag är lite kluven i betyget för denna bok. första halvan var definitivt i alla fall en fyra, kanske till och med en femma, men slutet kändes sämre språkligt och drog ner det hela. Eller så valde jag mig vid språket. Gillar egentligen böcker som experimenterar med språket, som här där orden för det mesta är lite fel, men inte helfel. Får en att skärpa sig när man läser. Fast det som man funderar på mest efter boken är hur mycket (eller lite?) som är sant i boken.
Hilary Pech
May 13, 2013 Hilary Pech rated it really liked it
Shelves: sweden, scandinavia
I read the English version, not the Swedish. I thought the translation was really well done. Although the book dealing with a lot of contemporary issues in Sweden, I think it is still enjoyable for people who are not familiar with Scandinavia. I definitely recommend this to anyone who is interest in Sweden and Swedish culture. Also an opinion piece by Khemiri showed up in the New York Times recently, titled "Sweden's Closet Racists." Here is a link to it
Nov 09, 2011 Touloulou rated it it was amazing
Vous ne le savez pas, mais si vous n'avez pas lu ce livre, vous êtes passé à côté de quelque chose.
Un roman très drôle, très tendre, des personnages attachants avec leurs forces et leurs faiblesses. Un auteur qui joue avec les mots et les langues pour créer le "khemirien".
Un roman aussi pour dépasser les clichés sur la Suède qu'ont apportés les polars (que j'apprécie pourtant, je précise) : il y a bel et bien autre chose que de la neige et des meurtres effrayants dans la littérature suédoise con
Feb 15, 2014 Cassandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En historia om en man som har inget, får allt, ger allt och ger upp. En historia om en son som så många andra söner inte ser vad pappor egentligen kämpar för. En historia om utanförskap och innanförskap.
Aug 27, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book - incredibly creative and unique. It was hilarious at times, and heartbreaking at others - sometimes both at the same time. This was the kind of book that deserves a second and third reading to fully grasp its complexity. The translation (in English) was also superb, and it's hard to imagine how it was accomplished, given the idiosyncracies of the languages.
Jun 02, 2012 Adil rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
This is an epistolary novel that has been translated into English from the original Swedish. I was not able to get into the book - maybe the original Swedish was better?

The story of a Tunisian who immigrates to Sweden and the challenges which he faces when adopting to the culture there. The book is composed of letters between the immigrant's son and the immigrant's friend.
May 06, 2013 Tom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was too much like work to really enjoy it. I think it may have been a good story but the translation and/or writing made it difficult to maintain my interest. I agree with Katie that the book got better about half way through it. Unlike Katie, I can not give it any more than 3 stars.

Eva Lavrikova
Jun 09, 2013 Eva Lavrikova rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-have
Úžasný jazyk, vtipná a pritom bystrá kniha. Tempo síce nie je veľmi dramatické, takže ak čitateľovi nesadne štýl, asi pri knihe dlho nevydrží, pre mňa to bol ale zážitok - verbálna ekvilibristika ako málokde. Určite si od autora prečítam niečo ďalšie.
(Pozámka: seminárka k NOAS2301, jar2013)
Jul 19, 2011 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting take on the immigrant experience (and the experience of immigrant children) in the oft lauded nordic world. Turns out, life isn't that great for the newcomers. Very interesting premise of the father as photographer that would spoil the book if I explained further.
Sep 06, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't recommend this book enough. Inventive in both plot and style. Although it's set in Sweden, it deals with some very universal issues of immigration and otherness as well as tensions between father and son.
Richard Fortin
Mar 21, 2011 Richard Fortin rated it really liked it
The unorthodox and complicated story of a Tunisian immigrant to Sweden, and the issues surrounding this move to a progressive, but culturally homogeneous country.
Aug 01, 2012 Ann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
The inventive language was entertaining for a while, but the story didn't move along fast enough to hold my interest.
Dec 11, 2013 Josefine rated it liked it
En konstig bok med speciellt upplägg och spännande språk. Rolig och härlig på nått vis, läsvärd!
Feb 22, 2009 Ylva is currently reading it
First it was very funny and I laughed out loud. Third part is sad and tears are falling
Ett öga rött var betydligt bättre. Handlingen är bra men boken svårläst.
Aug 09, 2012 Anne rated it liked it
(the English translation. Not in Arabic, Swedish or German....)
Hans Ollaiver
Svart. Inbunden. Signerad av författaren.
May 01, 2011 Beverly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
just not that into it
Erica Grobler
Nov 05, 2011 Erica Grobler rated it did not like it
I stop reading it.
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Jonas Hassen Khemiri, born in 1978, has a Tunisian father and a Swedish mother. He grew up in Stockholm, has studied economics in Paris and been an intern at the UN in New York.
He made a celebrated debut in 2003 with Ett öga rött/One Eye Red, which has sold over 200,000 copies in Sweden and became the best-selling paperback of any category in 2004. For Ett öga rött/One Eye Red Jonas Hassen Khemir
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“Why did his tongue cultivate such a great many glissades of truth? I don’t know. However, we can see two interesting tendencies: 1. Everything in your father’s life that had political blackness was filtered out. Politics were, for him, a swamp that had already drowned too many in his vicinity. Not until late in life would your father change his relationship with politics. Perhaps too late. 2. Certainly we all realized that your father’s words were not totally correct. But still we were hypnotized and stimulated. Is it not bizarre how the words of imagination can rumble forth a certain comfort? And is that not reality’s reason for the existence of superfluousities like horoscopes, psychologists, and authors?” 0 likes
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