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Mattias is geboren in 1969, in de nacht van de eerste maanlanding. Om preciezer te zijn: op het moment dat Buzz Aldrin zijn voet in het maanstof zette. Buzz Aldrin is Mattias" grote idool. Een man die belangrijk werk deed, maar in de aangename schaduw van Neil Armstrong kan leven. Precies het onopvallende leven dat Mattias zelf voor ogen heeft.Als zijn relatie strandt, bes ...more
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Published October 31st 2006 by Podium (first published 2005)
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Mi capita curiosamente di comprare libri che lascio sullo scaffale in attesa del loro momento. Poi arriva il giorno in cui inspiegabilmente prendo in mano con decisione, senza ombra di dubbio, un certo libro piuttosto che un altro. Ovvio che io pensi che non c'è nulla di casuale.

Questa l'inutile premessa.
Direi che più o meno fino a pag 240, e non è poco, ho paragonato questo romanzo ad una maionese impazzita.
Metti un ingrediente, giri, poi ne aggiungi un'altro sempre girando, ma chissà perché ad
Lorenzo Berardi
What I like and dislike at the same time in modern Norwegian literature is the straight and essential style used by young novelists such as Erlend Loe and Frode Grytten. It's a kind of writing that is a thousand miles away from most of the Italian literature I like.

Where Italian authors try to be impressive at any rate using a rich style and many cultural influences even in referring to extreme situations, Norwegian novelists don't seem to care. I mean, they simply put themselves in the shoes of
Paolo Gianoglio
"Ma non volevo essere d’intralcio. A quelli che volevano stare in prima fila, visibili a tutti: niente di male, onore a gloria a quelli che osano, a quelli che non mollano mai (…). Solo che io non avevo nessun bisogno di farmi vedere, di sentirmi dire quanto ero bravo. Perché sapevo benissimo quanto lo ero."
In un mondo di protagonisti, in un mondo in cui apparire è l’unico obiettivo, in cui essere qualcuno o qualcosa è importante solo se c’è un pubblico, questa è la strana storia di un protagoni
switterbug (Betsey)
Mattias, the narrator and protagonist of this melancomic, bittersweet story, is a Norwegian on the cusp of thirty in 1999. He is a brokenhearted gardener and music lover whose prospects are looking dim. Mattias has always wanted to be as anonymous as possible for as long as possible. A cog in a wheel. His hero is Buzz Aldrin, the astronaut who was the more experienced pilot but whose fame paled in the shadow of Neil Armstrong. His backup hero is Steve Martin--especially the sad sack roles that M ...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 2.5* of five

The Book Report: A stream-of-consciousness first novel recounting nineteen years in the life of Mattias, the kid who never wanted to be seen or heard. He got his wish all his life long, except that it cost him the love and affection of two women, the fame that could've changed his life had he pursued his talent for singing, and landed him in the tender clutches of a mental institution in the Faeroe Islands. There is a happy ending.

My Review: Without a doubt, the worst title i
As all the reviews says, a book about being number two. but as well great description of feeling rootless, how coincidences makes you end up somewhere and the artto make your own life. And how an imporant role time and proximity plays in relations between people.

Have to show two passages (in norwegian):
an example of simple but great comparisons:
“Jeg tenkte på ting jeg hadde lest. At den som skal dø, mister sansene i minuttene før. En etter en. Først smakssansen, senere evnen til å lukte. Så fors
A.E. Shaw

The best book I've read this year, and in the top ten of books I have ever read. The English title is 'Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?'

Sometimes you come across things that are like looking at a bit of your own heart in a mirror. This is one of those things.

The thing it reminded me of most is the Icelandic film, Englar alheimsins, possibly because it deals with mental health and the very northern bits of Europe, but also because of its focus on mundanity and detail, and
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Read 8/25/12 - 9/8/12
4 Stars - Strongly Recommended to those who prefer coming in second
Pgs: 471
Publisher: Seven Stories

Johan Harstad's novel had been lingering on my bookshelves for over a year. Though I cannot recall whether it was a copy I requested or one that was simply sent for review from Seven Stories, there it sat, patient, unassuming, and content, waiting for me to find a reason to pick it up.

And a reason found me on August 25th, in the form of tweets that alerted me to t
Jeg vet ikke hva jeg skal si. Takk fyrir, Johan.
Laura Stone Johnson
Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? is a book about nothing much. Just about a life slowly unfolding and a talent unused. Just about a life spinning out of control as fast and as quietly as a rocket orbiting the moon. It’s a book about the distance we have to travel in order to make relationships work. It’s a book about the footprints we leave behind and the untamed territory ahead; like the first step on the moon.
Twenty-nine-year-old Mattias had been content, no, he has work
Edward S. Portman
Di questo elogio al non protagonismo, al nascondersi, al confondersi tra la massa, al non apparire e scomparire nell’invisibilità della normalità; di questo libro di uno scrittore norvegese che reca nel titolo il nome del secondo uomo sulla luna (e non la seconda missione, no no: proprio il secondo uomo, quello che insieme a Neil Armstrong mise piede sul satellite nella missione dell’Apollo 11) mi aspettavo grandi cose. Mi aspettavo non so neppure io cosa, ma sicuro qualcosa di più di questa sto ...more
pierlapo  quimby
Pensavo fosse qualcosa di diverso, il manifesto dei numeri due, l'elogio dell'anonimato, la rivincita degli uomini in tuta da lavoro che non ambiscono a una vita sotto i riflettori, invece è un romanzo sul disagio.
Se l'avessi capito per tempo, forse non l'avrei neanche letto.
Stilisticamente poi non m'è parso che Harstad controllasse al meglio la prima persona, che fosse davvero convincente.
Aspettate un secondo... disagio, prima persona... ecco qual è il punto, chi voglio prendere in giro?, il pu
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
"Che ne è stato di te, Buzz Aldrin?" è il primo romanzo di Johan Harstad, pubblicato in Norvegia nel 2005 ed in Italia nel 2008, dalla Iperborea di Milano, la nota casa editrice che porta presso di noi moltissimi autori del nord europa. È stato un libro di grande successo, tradotto in numerose lingue e pubblicato in molti paesi del mondo. A me è stato consigliato come sempre dalle ragazze dell'Iperborea durante la mia visita annuale al Salone del Libro di Torino; anche questa volta, consiglio az ...more
Karen Jules
It's hard to decide what I liked most about this novel. There is the underlying thought that Matthias carries throughout the novel: that there is beauty in being second best. There are also the characters, that Harstad captures beautifully. But above all, there is the scenery and the way that the author sketches it makes me want to pack my bags and see the Faroe Islands for myself.

Though, I can't decide how I feel about Matthias. He is a good-hearted guy, undoubtedly. But his acceptance of his f

When I first came across Harstad’s book, I, like many probably, thought that it would actually be about Buzz Aldrin or perhaps, maybe about, you know, space. What it turned out to be, instead, was a really intense study of socio-emotional interactions between self and others.

The now famous downward spiral of the second man on the moon is merely a catalyst for our protagonist, Mattias, as he explores his own life crisis. A successful gardener and self-procl
This is the story of how Mattias, from Stavanger, Norway, navigates his life through some very rough years of severe mental anguish.

I was the kid in your class in elementary school, in high school, at college, whose name you can't remember when you take out the class photo ten years later, to show your boyfriend or girlfriend how you looked back then. I was the boy that sat almost a the center of the class, one desk from the wall, the guy who never forgot his gym clothes, who was always ready fo
Per quasi trecento pagine la lettura è rimasta in superficie: mi scivolava senza riuscire a farmi immergere completamente. Finchè è scattato qualcosa, non so se nel mio stato d'animo o nella scrittura di Harstad o nelle vicende narrate. Fatto sta che le ultime centocinquanta mi hanno trasportato a capofitto in profondità.
Mattias si sente 'nato secondo' e vive arreso in partenza. Vuole nascondersi, scomparire, annullare la sua presenza. Perde il lavoro, la donna, gli amici, gli affetti e, inevit
Sarà perchè sono malata, malata di 'nordite'. E quindi questo libro ambientato alle Fær Øer è manna per me. Sarà perchè Johan Harstad ha praticamente la mia età, e la lingua che usa, il suo modo di esprimersi, sono quelli della mia generazione. Musica compresa. Sarà che mi riconosco un po' in Mattias, ragazzo norvegese che non vuole essere il numero uno, ma si accontenta di passare inosservato e di rimanere il numero due, come Buzz Aldrin. Saranno questi piccoli dettagli, sarà perchè il libro è ...more
Ben aangenaam verrast door het boek. Ik was vooral aangetrokken door de invalshoek van Buzz Aldrin: waar ben je gebleven?: waarom zou je van onopvallendheid niet je levensdoel kunnen maken, net zoals de tweede man op de maan? Ook de schrijfstijl en de beschrijvingen van de Faeroër vielen in de smaak. En niets is heerlijker dan lezen over desolate Scandinavische landschappen waar het altijd regent en alles grijs is, terwijl je buiten de warmste dagen van het jaar meemaakt :-) Aanrader.
“La persona che ami è fatta per il 72,8% d’acqua, e non piove da settimane.”
Con un incipit così poteva essere un brutto libro? Mi è piaciuto molto questo viaggio nel disagio mentale, poetico e lieve anche quando narra storie inevitabilmente drammatiche; la figura smarrita di Mattias, giardiniere che dopo aver perso tutto, lavoro e amore, cade in pezzi e trova fortunosamente rifugio in una sorta di casa famiglia, residenza protetta per pazzerelli, sperduta in un’isola anch’essa ai margini, insiem
Этот край туманов и овец лечит и усугубляет болезнь одновременно. Страна потерянных вещей, в которой можно как найти себя, так и потерять. Фареры в этой книге не просто фон для каких-то событий.

Когда-то я не дочитала эту книгу, бросив на последней главе, ибо неимоверно злилась на Матиаса, который от всего бежит. Вот-вот должна была начаться новая страница его жизни, и все наконец хорошо, но он снова делает попытку сбежать. За какие-то триста страниц я привязалась к нему, и болезненно воспринимал
Aaron (Typographical Era)
“It takes vast willpower, luck, and skill to be the first. But it takes a gigantic heart to be number two.”

Oh how we all ache in some way for the attention of the spotlight. At one time or another we’re all desperate to be recognized for what be perceive to be our unique importance. Maybe we seek this from a loved one for simply being ourselves, or from a co-worker for a job well done. Perhaps more ambitiously, we crave it from a legion of adoring fans for being the hottest sensation on the pla
Mattias è un ragazzo come tanti altri, lavora come giardiniere in una serra e vive con la sua ragazza Helle a Stavanger, in Norvegia. A differenza della maggioranza delle persone, però, Mattias preferisce essere il numero due piuttosto che il primo in tutti gli aspetti della sua vita, anzi preferisce scomparire, mimetizzarsi nella folla, e per questo rifiuta di cantare nella band del suo amico Jørn, anche se ha una voce bellissima ed è bravissimo.
What an intriguing and interesting novel that takes place on the Faroe Islands. Where? Yes, Faroe Islands which is a dependency of Denmark and is located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean - north of Scotland.

Mattias lives in Norway. Life is not going well with him. He loses his job at the garden nursery and his girlfriend breaks up with him. He has never wanted to be the best or the most popular or even liked. He just wanted "to find myself a vacant space and stay there, do my thing..." Accord
coccinella felice
Qualche tempo fa sono stata a Como, e in una libreria del centro ho trovato questo libro. Era insieme ad altri, allineati su uno scaffale, tutti accompagnati da più o meno minuziose recensioni scritte penso, e spero, dalle commesse. Il cartellino accanto ad Harstad diceva solo: “con un incipit così.. wow!”. Capite bene che io, reduce da Firmino e dai suoi discorsi sugli incipit, non potevo certo tirarmi indietro. E la cosa strana è che mi sono divorata un libro fatto di nomi impronunciabili, e n ...more
“Some people just want to be a part of a whole. Useful, if inconsequential. Not everybody needs the whole world. I just want to be in peace.”[return][return]Johan Harstad’s novel Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion (an unfortunate title) is the story of Mattias, an anti-hero, or perhaps a non-hero, a second best, the one who does not take the spotlight but nevertheless whose life is just as filled with longing, angst and the need for fulfillment. Perhaps he is the Buzz Aldrin ...more
David Hebblethwaite
Stavanger, Norway, 1999: Mattias is a gardener, perfectly content with his lot. Born on the day of the first moon landing, Mattias’ hero is not first-man-on-the-moon Neil Armstrong but runner-up Buzz Aldrin: willing to cede the glory, willing to be the second man. That’s what Mattias is happy to be – a cog in the machine, unconcerned whether others notice him.

But life won’t stand still and, when Mattias’ partner leaves him and his employer goes out of business, he accepts an invitation to go to
Как-то накрыло меня после прочтения этой книги. Как все скандинавы, которых я читала до этого, Харстад разворачивает повествование плавно и неторопливо, с многочисленными отступлениями и размышлениями. Книга полна действий, но не оставляет ощущения "экшна". Может потому, что самые серьёзные изменения происходят не в реальности, а в голове героев. И такая вселенская тоска и одиночество во всём.

Внезапно жизнь начинает меняться только в кино или книжках. В действительности же мы делаем вы
"The person you love is 72.8 percent water and there's been no rain for weeks."

With that opening sentence to set the tone, Johan Harstad moves us gently into the world of Mattias, age 29, a gardener, a resident of Stavanger, Norway, a man who wants nothing out of life than to be unnoticed and unnoticeable.

I was the kid in your class in elementary school, in high school, in college, whose name you can't remember when you take out the class photo ten years later...the one you didn't miss when I le
Tim Roast
Well, the story, for it is a story and not a biography of the astronaut Buzz Aldrin (that's clear because it says so, on the cover no less - "a novel"), follows the Norwegian Mattias. He has a job and a girlfriend but then he loses both in quick succession, goes into meltdown and ends up in the Faroe Islands. There he is taken into a sort of psychiatric hostel. He then grows to love his adopted country because it mirrors the way he is, a person that doesn't like the limelight (hence the title re ...more
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Johan Harstad is a 31-year-old Norwegian author, graphic designer, playwright, drummer, and international sensation. He is the winner of the 2008 Brage Award (Brageprisen), previously won by Per Petterson, and his books have been published in over 11 countries. In 2009, he was named the first ever in-house playwright at the National Theatre in Oslo. His first novel Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To Yo ...more
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“The person you love is 72.8% water, and it hasn't rained for weeks.” 25 likes
“It takes vast willpower, luck, and skill to be the first. But it takes a gigantic heart to be number two.” 12 likes
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