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Warum das Kind in der Polenta kocht

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  791 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
»Das Glück hatte ich mir anders vorgestellt.« Voller Illusionen ist die kleine rumänische Artistenfamilie den Verheißungen des Westens gefolgt, ein großes Haus sollte gekauft, die Tochter ein Filmstar werden, doch die Wirklichkeit sieht anders aus. Eindrücklich und ohne jede Sentimentalität erzählt das kleine Mädchen seine Geschichte.

Eine Geschichte, in der Fremdsein, Unb
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Paperback, 185 pages
Published 2001 by Dtv (first published January 1st 1999)
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Greg
Aphorism laden novels have a tendency to catch my eye and make me want to read them, but they don't always deliver the goods. It's the melancholy part of me that usually sees them and gets very excited over seeing pages that just have a line like, "WHAT DOES GOD SMELL LIKE?" or "BEING IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES DOESN'T CHANGE US. WE EAT WITH OUR MOUTHS NO MATTER WHAT COUNTRY WE ARE IN." Maybe these aren't the most profound statements ever made, but something about an book that is willing to just put s ...more
Lee
Aug 04, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At times this read like an erasure of parts of Maidenhair -- a refugee-related tale set across many "foreign countries" but ultimately in Switzerland told from a child's POV (even when she's no longer really a child) in super-spare language resembling poetry, with occasional pages with only one line in ALL CAPS, and without the literary bloviation/intentional disorientation that did me in when I failed the aforementioned "Maidenhair." Found this one enjoyable, quick, surprisingly humorous (espec ...more
Delia  Grosu
Apr 02, 2012 Delia Grosu rated it it was amazing
Și totuși.. ce trist e să vezi că o carte atât de bună este atât de puțin cunoscută în țara natală a autoarei...
Xandra
Strongly autobiographical, this little novel is narrated by a child born into a family of Romanian circus performers, who flee communist Romania in the 1960s and travel through Europe and Africa in hopes of a brighter future. They live the life of refugees, of strangers struggling to adapt to a foreign world, whose everyday existence is consumed by uncertainty and fear: the parents' fear of being sent back home, the father's fear of the tightrope (as the girl says, he can only maintain his equil ...more
Andreea Obreja
“Dictatorul e de meserie cizmar, diploma scoalara si-a cumparat-o.
Nu stie nici sa scrie nici sa citeasca, spune mama, e mai prost ca noaptea.
Dar noaptea nu ucide, spune tata.”

“Mama o sa gaseasca pe cineva care o sa scrie o carte despre povestea vietii noastre. O sa se numeasca USA DE FIER SI USA SPRE LIBERTATE.”

“A fost un om bun! Cum sa fi murit de cancer?!”

“Sa fii mort e ca si cum ai dormi.
Dar nu-ti asezi corpul in pat, ci in pamant.
Apoi trebuie sa-i explici lui Dumnezeu de ce vrei mai b
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Andrei Cioată
Nov 29, 2015 Andrei Cioată rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cu greu pot să-mi dau seama ce-am citit. Dincolo de plăcerea enormă pe care am simțit-o lecturând acest roman, atâta încărcătură de emoție, de semnificații, de simboluri, atâtea cuvinte cu substrat și inaccesibile la o primă lectură - atâta talent! Cu siguranță, un roman ce am să-l recitesc în viitorul apropiat.
Diana Buruiană
Aug 03, 2012 Diana Buruiană rated it it was amazing
O carte de-a dreptul cutremurătoare...
Jeremy Kitchen
Sep 24, 2014 Jeremy Kitchen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy fuck! What a punch in the gut, especially after you hear the back story.
Vincent
Apr 19, 2012 Vincent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Instead of a review, let me say this: after I finished this book, my wife asked me to describe it. I had no idea what to say and can’t recall what came out of my mouth, but it must have been good because she decided to read it at that very moment. And she did. She read it backwards, actually, which is entirely possible.
Ema
”De ce fierbe copilul în mămăligă” este unul din acele titluri pe lângă care am trecut atât de des încât eram convinsă că l-am citit. Și totuși nu, nu am citit acest micro-roman pe care unii l-au numit un poem în proză, și care seamănă cu un jurnal încropit de un copil, în care acesta își trece, parcă în joacă, observații ingenue, întrebări naive și cugetări aparent simpliste despre viața prezentă și cea trecută. Mai mult decât o înșiruire de fraze aparent disparate, cartea cuprinde povestea mat ...more
Jessica
Oct 11, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
True literature. Actually, true poetry. The author uses language evocatively and emotionally. While sparse in words the book is magnificently emotional.

It boggles my mind to think of the steps it took to write this book - for now let's ignore the fact that the novel is partly autobiographical and what that means the author's childhood may have been like - and just talk about actual language. The author is originally Hungarian, settled in Switzerland, where she learned Swiss German which, accord
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Michael Vagnetti
Somehow, pathetically, it's easy to forget how language makes the world, in the way that prehistoric constellations were once urgently needed for direction. In this case, a reminder of the imperatives of writing comes in this short novel of declarative sentences, occasionally capitalized, and buffered/buffeted by lots of white space. The writing is in a style that sounds newly literate: freshly pressed metaphor through the mind of a child. It's a dark fable of flight, circus performance, abandon ...more
Lavinia
Sep 28, 2008 Lavinia rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007, fiction
A surrealist novel [very short, though], written from a child’s perspective, oscillating between happiness and fear, comic and grotesque. Quite weird for my taste. The author is a Romanian born writer, whose parents, circus artists, emigrated when the author was only few years old

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un roman [!] suprarealist, cu tenta autobiografica, al unei scriitoare de origine romana, fiica unor artisti de circ emigrati din romania cind autoarea avea doar citiva ani. cartea este scrisa din perspectiva unui co
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Susan Mills
Nov 26, 2013 Susan Mills rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book reads like poetry, more or less in prose form. The language and style alone make it worth reading. The author's writing is deceptively straightforward and humble, while she conjures strong images in a few words. The downside to the book is that it is seriously depressing, and apparently very autobiographical. The jacket cover and afterword say the author committed suicide a few years after writing the book. A fact which flavored my reading of the book, and I almost wish I hadn't known ...more
Margaret Grabowski
I would give the book 2.5 if I did not have to round to the nearest whole number. While original and creative in the writing style, I thought that the author's style left a lot unexplained. I enjoy books that allow the reader to create his/her own interpretations, but I felt that there was not enough information provided for me to even make sense of what was happening at some points. I appreciate that in many instances the author told the facts as she knew them at the time (for example, in the p ...more
Samantha
Jul 12, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, read-in-2015
Best consumed in a single sitting, to allow it its raw impact. It succeeds where others fail at presenting a child narrator who actually seems authentic. Everything from the physicality of the unnamed narrator's fear to the use of imaginary horror (the titular child cooking in the polenta) to keep real, more mundane horror at one remove, however temporarily, seems spot-on. It's particularly effective that the extent of the exploitation the narrator undergoes is not made explicit. The direct, aph ...more
Andreea
May 14, 2012 Andreea rated it it was ok
Too scarce for me, too spreaded, just like a collection of thoughts and short stories...
They say it is a bildunsgroman...I didn't have this feeling at any time...for me it seemd that only the foundation was laid, or destroyed...nothing built...
I guess I said it before, the author should know why is he/she writing about, should have a position on the subject... couldn't identify any of these...
Alexandra Anghel
May 02, 2015 Alexandra Anghel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: devorate
Tragica, negru-umoristica, suprarealistica.
Un vartej, apoi un labirint. Acolo, contorsionism imaginar, dansul logicii cu nonsensul in ceaunul cu mamaliga.
O scriere trasata cu stiloul vulnerabilitatii si fragilitatii umane insasi. Imbiba in trairi.
Ioana
May 03, 2015 Ioana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"[...]Sunt obişnuită să-mi aranjez camera în aşa fel încât să mă simt bine.
Nu trebuie decât să-mi pun baticul albastru pe un scaun.
Asta e marea.
Întotdeauna am marea lângă pat.
Nu trebuie decât să mă dau jos din pat şi pot să înot.
În marea mea nu e nevoie să ştii să înoţi ca să înoţi.[...]"

Un "roman-poem" ce-ţi imprimă în minte prin glasul fetiţei visătoare imagini tandre sau, din contră, monstruase, dar toate la fel de poetice ca viziune asupra lumii nu tocmai ideale ce o îndeamnă să-şi
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Ariane
A humorous and disturbing novel, colored by a fascinating child narrator struggling as she grows to express herself through written language. I liked it at first but appreciated it more after reading the translator's afterward. There was quite a bit I didn't initially pick up on, although I can't say for sure if this is due to ambiguity in the text or because I read this book really fast. Probably the latter. Then again, what I love about novels with child narrators is how differently the world ...more
Eric
May 11, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler: The author wants you to figure it out for yourself. Side spoiler: It's worth it.
Ioana Alexandra
Jul 02, 2014 Ioana Alexandra rated it really liked it
De ce fierbe copilul in mamaliga. O carte speciala!!
Gláucia Renata
Dec 30, 2014 Gláucia Renata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A jovem autora romena não gostava que dissessem que esse livro era autobiográfico, porém, ao se conhecer o mínimo sobre sua vida é difícil não traçar paralelos.
O livro foi publicado em 1999 e em 2002 ela deu fim à própria vida aos 39 anos.
O livro é narrado em primeira pessoa por uma menina cujos pais são artistas de circo e acabam fugindo da ditadura romena para a Europa ocidental em busca de uma vida mais confortável. Numa narrativa poética ela vai nos contando seus medos, principalmente o de p
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Anna
Oct 18, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dlaczego dziecko... jest powieścią bardzo ściśle związaną z życiem autorki. Aglaja podobnie jak bohaterka wychowywała się w środowisku cyrkowym i wyemigrowała z rodzicami z Rumunii w poszukiwaniu lepszego życia. Podróżując po kolejnych miastach i krajach nigdzie nie czuła się jak u siebie, nigdzie nie miała swojego miejsca. Dlatego jako małe dziecko musiała radzić sobie z brakiem domu poprzez kreowanie go, budowanie we własnej wyobraźni miejsca stabilnego, bezpiecznego.
Przyzwyczaiłam się, wszędz
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Sári
Sep 17, 2012 Sári added it
Nem tudom azt mondani, hogy szép. Nem tudom csillagozni.
Nem értem a mosolygásokat. Ez a könyv iszonyatos. És már rögtön az elejétől. 17 évesen hencegtem magamnak, hogy mit nekem 1984 amikor én Lautreamont-t is olvastam, de ez a könyv talán még rajtuk is túltesz. Olvasni is morbid, ahogy az ember az egyes szám első személyben író, súlyos körülmények között élő gyerek lelkében kirándul. A hangja, az gyönyörű. De amiről beszél – az maga a rettenet. És nem tudok örülni a szépnek, annyira brutális a
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Nata
Jan 12, 2016 Nata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cartea e plină de simboluri, de cuvinte cu greutate emoțională. Umorul e prezent. Îmi plac cărțile, indiferent de tematică, domeniu, în care întâlnesc situații amuzante atunci când le citesc conținutul.
O să vreau să-i citesc și a doua carte. Frumos când un scriitor nu-și uită rădăcinile și încă cartea de debut îi mustește a tot ceea ce a însemnat pentru el țara de origine.
dAndrei B
Jul 06, 2015 dAndrei B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of peculiar feelings inside my chest while reading this one. After all, feelings above all things!
Lena Chilari
Jul 10, 2014 Lena Chilari rated it liked it
,,Mama e femeia cu păr de oţel.,,
Vladimir Simion-boeriu
complete waste of time
Marie-pierre Stien
This is a superb book from an hungarian author I had never heard of. Short chapters form the most unusual story of a circus family. The story is told from the point of view of the younger daughter. The result is both poetic and hypnotic. Most unusual and provocative while avoiding the many trappings of what is usually labeled "avant-garde". Truly inspiring in its authenticity.
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“Dictatorul e de meserie cizmar, diploma scoalara si-a cumparat-o.
Nu stie nici sa scrie nici sa citeasca, spune mama, e mai prost ca noaptea.
Dar noaptea nu ucide, spune tata.”
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