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Eine Menge Vorurteile werden mit Judith Hermanns Debütwerk beseitigt: Erstens, es gibt doch gute deutsche Nachwuchsautoren, zweitens, die Gattung der Erzählung ist nicht tot, und drittens, deutsches Schreiben ist per se nicht schwerfällig und grüblerisch, sondern kann, so zeigt Sommerhaus, später, sehr leichtfüßig und virtuos daherkommen.

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Taschenbuch, 187 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag (first published 1998)
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Oct 30, 2015 Vishy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Judith Hermann's debut collection of short stories. It has nine stories, most of them set in contemporary Germany (one of them is set in New York and it has American characters). I liked most of the stories. My most favourite story was 'Sonja' which was about a man who has a relationship with two women - one is clearly a romantic relationship with his girlfriend while another is with a mysterious woman and it is not really romantic, but fascinating and difficult to describe. The story sounded su ...more
Friederike Knabe
May 21, 2012 Friederike Knabe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-lit
A nameless young woman recalls her great-grandmother in Russia, reminded of her by the treasured possession, an antique red coral bracelet that had triggered an abrupt change in both their lives. A cab driver, called Stein (stone), dreams of an old stone summer house along a lake outside the big city, yet may be in greater need for a friend to realize the dream. These two stories form the bookends of Judith Hermann's debut collection, "Summerhouse, later" (2001, in German 1998). Nine stories dep ...more
Apr 24, 2013 Säbelzahnfuchs rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-uni
Desinteressierte, rotweinsaufende, uninspirierte Berlin-Prenzlauer-Berg-Bewohner, die völlig passiv im Teich der (selbstverschuldeten) Bedeutungslosigkeit dümpeln und sich selbst auf den Keks gehen - ihnen wird in der Gegenwartsliteratur definitiv zu viel Platz eingeräumt.

John Brookes
"Summerhouse, Later" is a collection of short(ish) stories – largely set in modern Berlin – which, despite itself, manages to be quite engaging.

I say despite itself because it seems that the author, Judith Hermann, is consciously trying to evoke a sense of isolation and emotional detachment in these disparate stories… This is reflected in both the language (with its staccato, matter-of-fact delivery) and the narratives themselves, which often end abruptly, with no resolution of sorts.

However, de
Apr 02, 2011 Jens rated it it was ok
Das Buch war eine Empfehlung einer Freundin, und da es nicht mehr als 160 Seiten in einem relativ kleinem Format enthält dachte ich mir, dass es ein kurzweiliges Lesevergnügen sein könnte. Allerdings kam es dann doch etwas anders. Das Buch, welches von Kritikern sehr gelobt wurde, ist eine Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten. Die haben den Vorteil sich schnell lesen zu lasse, aber den Nachteil, dass sie meist dann aufhören wenn es interessant wird. Ich befürchte das ist auch der Grund warum mir das Buc ...more
Apr 09, 2012 annik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-russian
Пасмурно, дождливо, серо, холодно, утром проснешься — и уже вечер. Работоспособность на нуле. Читать радостные сказки не хочется, все насквозь промозгло и уныло. Опостыло все. Мы живем на болоте, у нас всего 2 солнечных месяца, весна наступает в мае, сырость и повышенная влажность. Сейчас десять часов утра, и самое потрясающее, что могло быть 10 часов вечера, я бы и не заметила, настолько тягучи и однообразны августовские дни. Я думаю о туристах, которые приехали посмотреть на наш чудный город, ...more
Kris McCracken
a collection of short stories by German literary sensation Judith Herman, The Summer House, Later is subtitled A book about the moment before happiness. This collection of melancholy, quietly-spoken mediations is a varied lot. For the most part, not much happens.

Characters drink (tea, coffee, vodka), smoke (cigarettes, pot, hash), go out, stay in, get together, break up. If there is one discernible thread it is the almost intangible air of discontent.

There is great craft at work here, but I must
Skuli Saeland
Kraftmiklar og eftirminnilegar smásögur. Sönn ánægja að lesa þær.
Rakst á þessa bók í Neon-bókaflokkinum sem ég er að heillast af þessa dagana. Upplýsingar um hann má m.a. finna hér:
Ætla mér að lesa fleiri bækur úr þessum bókaflokki :)
Mind the Book
Berörde mig tyvärr inte på minsta vis, med undantag av följande passage:

"Världshavens massor böljade som en stor, grön våg över terapeutens skrivbord och slet bort terapeuten från stolen, vattnet steg snabbt och lyfte upp skrivbordet, mellan vågkammarna syntes ännu en gång terapeutansiktet, sedan försvann det, vattnet brusade, bränningarna slog, vattnet sjönk och steg och spolade med sig historierna, tystnaderna och korallerna, spolade tillbaka dem till skogarna av tång, till musselbankarna, til
Feb 21, 2016 Mia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
allegories of reunification. told through the coital relations of people. west germany asks east germany, was it as good for you as it was for me. France get uninvited, Vienna sux olde bumm. these are newish flowerings, for us soft water plum.
René Remington
Nov 23, 2010 René Remington rated it really liked it
Shelves: belletristik
Nine short stories by the Berlin author Judith Hermann. They all share some sort of eventless but beautiful atmosphere although the quality fo the short stories vary in my opinion. I would say "Sonja" is the best one.
Ipek Soran
bu kitabın ismini çok seviyorum. birkaç öykü nefisti.
Dan Richter
Mar 26, 2015 Dan Richter rated it it was ok
Shelves: deutschland
Schwiemelig. Absichtlich undeutlich. Scheinpoesie.
Dec 17, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summerhouse, Later
By Judith Hermann

These stories inhabit Berlin after the wall, an underworld Berlin of artists and hangers-on, communes and cafes. In this world, feelings exist below the surface, coloring the characters’ lives in ways they don’t understand. A woman tells a romantic story of her grandmother’s early life in Russia, but it is not the story she wants to tell. A young man with a girlfriend who satisfies him becomes obsessed with a young woman he meets on a train, an obsession no les
Jul 24, 2007 Saxon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those in our 20's who want some stories about yourself...
Shelves: newish-books
Suggested to me by my German friend, "Summerhouse, Later" is a collection of short stories by new, up and coming writer, berliner; Judith Hermann.

In my slow, summer exploration into reading new fiction, I picked this up and read it rather quickly. The language is relatively simple and is complementary to the stories which often play out like someone retelling you a memory over a cup of coffee. The characters are often in their mid-20's facing a future that they do not entirely know how to embra
A really uneven collection of short stories, a couple of them are good with the title story and final stories being the best, but some of them were really not. I wonder if something got lost in translation but looking at some of the German reviews on here, perhaps not.
May 02, 2013 Cindy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book frustrated me! The stories had neither a solid beginning or ending. The one thing I will say about the author is that she kept me reading even when I was shouting at myself to stop! She was able to pull me into her characters, but at the end of each story I felt cheated! I guess I probably kept reading, because I hoped that one of the stories would finally mean something! I am sad to say that THAT never happened! Also, except for the fact that it is stated on the book cover, I would ha ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Books&coffee rated it it was ok
Geschrieben mit einer schönen Dichte und komplett okay für warme Sommertage - im Winter etwas anstrengender zu lesen, einen Tag nach der letzten Seite beginnen die Figuren zu verblassen.
Mar 07, 2014 Petja rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiste-1
Великолепно! Литература от класа. С вътрешна мелодия, поезия, гъстота. Точните хирургически срезки на сутуации и герои, толкова общи и толкова лични, толкова мои! С болка в стомаха.
Joan Nahid
May 21, 2014 Joan Nahid rated it really liked it
این داستان با نام خانه ییلاقی بعدا در مجموعه گذران روز نشر ماهی ترجمه و چاپ شده،شاید بشه گفت بهترین داستان یودیت هرمان
Kris Tina
Nov 29, 2014 Kris Tina rated it liked it
I wanted to love it but it was just okay except for one story which really touched it
Nathan Modlin
Feb 11, 2016 Nathan Modlin rated it really liked it
-Rote Korallen
-Hurrikan (Something farewell)
-Sommerhaus, später
-Diesseits der Oder
Anka Räubertochter
Sep 06, 2015 Anka Räubertochter rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Konnte mich weder inhaltlich noch technisch überzeugen. Nach 80 Seiten abgebrochen.
Feb 25, 2012 Neva rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One star for "The end of something" and "Sonja", the only two short stories here that aren't just a kitschy excuse for making some futile characters lose their time while being depressed over losing their time (or is it over being futile?). I wish I'd learned something, I wish I felt for this book some emotion apart from irritation, I wish there was a touch of humour, I wish I could see something to admire for a moment or something relevant, meaningful, gripping, memorably happy or unhappy that ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by:
I understand why people don't like the stories in the book and some of the stories I find more interesting and discussion-worthy than others. It is somewhat flat and melancholic when describing somewhat heavy subjects of self-discovery/identification, personal relationships, death, depression and loneliness, but that is just the art of realism. I can honestly say that I whole-heartedly connected with the final story "Diesseits der Oder" even though the main-character is just a grumpy person, but ...more
Apr 12, 2008 Doris rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of intense moments
Recommended to Doris by: a former flat mate
Hermann's collection of short stories is paradoxical in a way: It is timeless and universal while depicting a certain moment in history and a certain place (Berlin in the late 1990s). It is about people living for the moment, looking for a truth, for life itself, postponing the right moment which never comes. The prose and the perspective is plain, almost distanced, but there is something lying underneath which is enormously touching. One of the best German books I have read in a long time.
Jul 07, 2016 Henny rated it really liked it
One of my favorit short-story collections. Really poetic!
Feb 11, 2010 Alik rated it liked it
Da dieses Buch eines der ersten von mir auf Dt gelesenen Bücher war, besteht ein grosser Teil meiner Sternchen-Sympathie aus dem Beflügelungsgefühl beim Lesen in einer fremden Sprache. Das später erschienene zweite Buch der Autorin habe ich nicht vor zu lesen, da mir die Texte, die ich in einer Lesung gehört habe, ziemlich wässrig vorkamen.
Apr 05, 2015 Kathrin rated it really liked it
Rote Korallen 2
Hurrikan 4
Sonja 4
Ende von Etwas 4
Bali-Frau 3
Hunter-Thompson-Musik 4
Sommerhaus, später 4
Camera Obscura 3
Diesseits der Oder 4

Nach der ersten Erzählung war ich recht enttäuscht, allerdings hat es sich dann sehr gesteigert.
Jul 25, 2008 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
I lent this book to a friend of mine called Laura. There were feelings there and I guess I wanted to see if she could pick out the same feelings I had picked out after reading this strange and tender collection of short stories. We drifted apart (as you do) and I never got it back. I don't even know if she ever read it.
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Judith Hermann is a German author.

She holds a Masters degree in German and Philosophy and attended the Berliner Journalistenschule, a highly selective professional academy for journalists. During this training she did an internship with the German language newspaper Aufbau in New York.

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