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Following his brilliant portrait of Maurice Ravel, Jean Echenoz turns to the life of one of the greatest runners of the twentieth century, and once again demonstrates his astonishing abilities as a prose stylist. Set against the backdrop of the Soviet liberation and post–World War II communist rule of Czechoslovakia, Running—a bestseller in France—follows the famed career ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by The New Press (first published December 2008)
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Hakan T
Dec 28, 2014 Hakan T rated it really liked it
Echenoz'dan yine kısa (82 sayfa) ama etkileyici bir kitap. Ben, çok sevdiğim, sayfa kenarları kırmızya boyalı Helikopter Yayınlarından çıkan çevirisini okudum. Türkçe'si Goodreads'e girmemiş henüz. Kitap, ünlü Çekoslovak (öyle bir ülke varken) atlet Emil Zapotek'in ilginç öyküsü. Zapotek'i yıllar önce seyrettiğim bir belgeselden biliyordum. Ama sporculuğu bıraktıktan sonra, özellikle Prag Baharı ertesinde başına gelenlerden haberdar değildim. Çok duru bir anlatımla çarpıcı bir kısa biyografi kot ...more
Noce
Apr 23, 2011 Noce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ci sono persone votate alla costanza e alla volontà ferrea di riuscire a raggiungere un risultato, senza per questo perdere il proprio lato umano.
Echenoz ci racconta la storia di una di queste persone: Emil Zàtopek, un uomo che ha corso per decenni, con la faccia deformata dallo sforzo fuori, e col sorriso dell'uomo mite dentro.

È chiaro che raccontare la vita di un personaggio del genere in appena 149 pagine è impresa ardua, ma Echenoz se l'è cavata egregiamente, combinando la concisione e la sc
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Theut
Apr 17, 2013 Theut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi chiedo: come ho fatto ad arrivare alla mia veneranda età senza conoscere Echenoz? Quest'uomo che con la sua narrazione mi fa perdere la fermata giusta della metro e che mi fa appassionare alle vicende di un corridore cecoslovacco?!?
Insomma, di questo scrittore leggerò tutto!
(a parte lo sproloquio, la capacità di rendere attuale, vivissimo e privo di enfasi il personaggio di Emil non è da tutti!).
Philippe Malzieu
Echenoz wrote ironics biographie. He choose an historic person and he applied a method : no empathy for him, a certain distance and benevolence. He accentuates their greatnesses and meanness.
There was Ravel, Telsa. Here it is Zatopeck. Easy to read, funny, fast forgotten.
Sofia Pires
Adoro correr.
“Correr” seria sempre um livro que mais cedo o mais tarde iria ler.
O escritor francês Jean Echenoz percorre quarenta anos da vida de Emil Zátopek, que nasceu a 19 de Setembro de 1922 em Koprivnice, Checoslováquia, filho de uma família pobre e que teve que deixar a escola cedo para se tornar num aprendiz de uma unidade fabril do sector do calçado.
Echenoz inicia a história no período da ocupação alemã, em que apesar de tudo se organizam manifestações desportivas para jovens. A empres
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Guido
May 16, 2012 Guido rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia
Forse Jean Echenoz ha inventato un genere: le biografie romanzate di personaggi storici esistono da sempre, ma la qualità così sintetica della sua scrittura dà alle sue un gusto speciale. Si rimane un po' stupiti leggendo le prime righe; viene da pensare di avere tra le mani un abbozzo, una traccia che l'autore ha stabilito per redigere, in futuro, una biografia del personaggio in questione - in questo caso, Emil Zátopek. Ma no, è tutto qui, il libro finito è proprio questo, e lo si legge come q ...more
George
Jan 21, 2017 George rated it really liked it
Shelves: 21st-century
Τον Σεπτέμβριο του 2016 ήρθα για πρώτη φορά σε επαφή με το έργο του Ζαν Εσνόζ, διαβάζοντας την εξαιρετική ιστορική νουβέλα "14", που με εξέπληξε ευχάριστα με την ιστορία και την τρομερή γραφή. Ε, το ίδιο μόλις συνέβη και με το βιβλίο που τελείωσα πριν λίγη ώρα. Αυτή την φορά ο Εσνόζ ασχολείται με την ζωή και την αθλητική καριέρα του φοβερού Τσεχοσλοβάκου δρομέα μεσαίων και μεγάλων αποστάσεων, Εμίλ Ζάτοπεκ.

Φυσικά δεν χωράει ολόκληρη η ζωή και η καριέρα ενός τέτοιου αθλητή σε τόσες λίγες σελίδες,
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Rodrigo Curicó Fernández
Jun 22, 2014 Rodrigo Curicó Fernández rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Fome. Fomísimo. Pero lo leí entero a la espera de algún final chistoso o absurdo o qué se yo. El hueón corría y era bueno en ello y luego ya no. De fondo, el comunismo checo. Y sería. Sin épica, sin poesía, sin paisajes, sin esa cosa mínima que sí hay en "De qué hablo cuando hablo de correr" o en "Correr con los keniatas", guardando las diferencias de género obviamente. Todo está perfectamente escrito y es perfectamente anodino. Nunca había escrito esa palabra: anodino.
Banu Pluie
İyi huylu, komünist, bir dünya yıldızı olduğunda dahi övünmeyi bilmeyecek kadar başka bir adamın hikayesi diye görüyorum ben. Ama okuyan herkes kendine göre başka şeyler bulurdu muhakkak. Bir atletin hayatı, doğu blokunda bir Dubçekçi adam, koşmayı sevenlerin seveceği bir şeyler.. diye tarif edenlerin olabileceğinden şüphem yok. Oysa koşmak üzerine düşünmek falan istiyorsanız Murakami okumanız daha mantıklı olur.

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Emil akademik klişelerden ve her türlü zarafet kaygısından uzakta, sarsıntılı bir b
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Adam
Mar 16, 2010 Adam rated it really liked it
An excellent, brief portrait of the life of a top athlete in communist Czechoslovakia. Echenoz chronicles Emil Zatopek's rise from a non-athletic teen working in a shoe factory to an enthusiastic runner and a true sensation of international competition. For many years Zatopek was one of the best known celebrity's in his country, though his life took a sad turn after his vocal support of Alexander Dubcek's liberalizing but short-lived reforms in the late 1960s.

Echenoz adopts a conversational and
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Dimitrouela
Ενδιαφέρον βιβλίο, εξαιρετικά ευχάριστη η γραφή του Εσνόζ και καταπληκτική η απόδοση του Α. Κυριακίδη. Σίγουρα βοηθάει και ο ίδιος ο πρωταγωνιστής, η θρυλική αυτή περσόνα του τρεξίματος, Εμίλ Ζάτοπεκ, του οποίου η ζωή κάθε άλλο παρά βαρετή θα μπορούσε να χαρακτηριστεί. Ένας αθλητής πρότυπο κι ένα βιβλίο που απέδωσε τα πιο σημαντικά σημεία της ζωής του, χωρίς να γίνεται η κλασσική, βαρετή βιογραφία.
Aaron Gallardo
Correr es una prueba más de la inutilidad de los géneros: no es una novela histórica, ni es una biografía. ¿Qué es, entonces? Es una ruma de fotogramas continuos de todos nosotros, los que llevamos algo como estandarte (en Emil Zátopek es eso mismo, correr) y lo usamos como lucha, o sobrevivencia: a pesar del tiempo y el espacio, a pesar de la vida. Es también un alegato a la inocencia y la soledad, al desapego al régimen, al leve descenso de la vida, que no ha de ser doloroso si uno es sensible ...more
Helin
May 12, 2015 Helin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Echenoz, Çek Lokomotifi olarak tanınan ünlü koşucu Emil Zatopek'in pek ilginç, bir o kadar da inanılmaz hikayesini kısa ama etkili bir şekilde anlatmış. Bir yandan siyasi tarihi de arka planda anlatıp, Zapotek'in yaşadığı dünyayı çok güzel tanıtmış. Lafı uzatmamış, gereksiz bilgilere yer vermemiş. Biyografi severlere mutlaka tavsiye edilir.
elparticula
Libro corto y de rápida lectura en el que nos cuenta la vida de Emil Zatopek, atleta medallista olímpico.

Recomendado para los que les guste este deporte y conocer un poco a este atleta que fue uno de los grandes.

Francisco
Jun 03, 2013 Francisco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela, franceses, correr
Breve y apasionante "biografía" novelada de Emil Zatopek. Aquilatado, brillante, pulcro y eficiente ejercicio de estilo narrativo, crítico con los regímenes "socialistas" y que reflejan el ánsia de vivir a través de un personaje carismático.
Gülhan Güllü
Aug 14, 2015 Gülhan Güllü rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okurken kimi yerde nefes nefese kaldığımı hissettim, sanki nabzım yükseldi; tuhaf bir heyecan sardı. Bir soluktan ziyade nefes nefese okunacak bir kitap; ben çok sevdim. Anlatılanların gerçek yaşam hikayesi olduğu bilmek ise ayrı bir etkiliyor.
Pinar Gungor
Oct 10, 2016 Pinar Gungor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben de bir kosucu olarak bu harika usluplu Zatopek'in kosma hikayesini cok begendim. Yazar cok iyi bir hikayeci. Zatopek de bir efsane, okunmali.
Cristian Alin
Oct 25, 2014 Cristian Alin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alergînduri
O carte musai de citit de toți cei care aleargă (și nu numai), mai ales în perioada asta de campanie (și nu numai) !
Elena Favaro
Jun 26, 2016 Elena Favaro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Biografia di Zátopek, veloce come le sue corse... Bel personaggio Emil che vive un momento storico in Cecoslovacchia che prima lo sottovaluta e poi lo punisce per aver contestato il regime.
Argos
Oct 10, 2015 Argos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İlginç, bilgilendirici ve akıcı bir anlatım..
Pekka Termonen
Luin kirjan jo kun suomennos ilmestyi v. 2010. Suppea elämäkertaromaani. Kuivaa huumoria: "Luontainen uteliaisuus ajaa hänet kuitenkin Bernin eläintarhaan, missä hän näkee riemukseen vihdoin apinoita: kyseiset lajit eivät ole vielä saaneet oleskelulupaa Tšekkoslovakiassa." Häiritsee kun maailmanennätyksiä pidetään maailmanmestaruuksina. Luultavasti suomentaja Erkki Jukaraisen virhe tai sitten kysessä sanaleikki, jota vaikea kääntää. En tiedä. Koska luin tämän uudestaan heti Richard Askwithin loi ...more
David
Feb 26, 2017 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro sencillo, precioso y breve que se lee como un vaso de agua. La vida de Emil Zátopek, el velocista checo que maravilló al mundo (1945-1956) en 140 páginas. Forma, fondo y estilo se entrecruzan para presentar las hazañas deportivas, andanzas y sufrimientos de este corredor-héroe en tiempos de socialismo real.
Peter Verč
La storia di Zatopek riassunta in maniera troppo semplice. Stile quasi da tema di scuola superiore, contenuto essenziale, privo di approfondimenti che differenziano la buona letteratura da un raccontino.
Ibrahim Basarir
Nov 23, 2016 Ibrahim Basarir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jean Echenoz sürekli biyografi yazsa da okusak dedirtiyor.
Yoy
Dec 06, 2014 Yoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Biografie
Jean Echenoz heeft al enkele 'biografieën' geschreven. Hij kiest bijzondere mensen uit de geschiedenis, en schrijft vervolgens hun verhaal op in zijn ludieke stijl. Echte biografieën zijn het niet helemaal. Het boek 'Ravel' gaat pas over de laatste jaren van Ravel, terwijl dit boek, over Emil Zatopek, plots stopt en het vervolg van het leven van Zatopek niet vertelt.
Maar de belangrijkste reden waarom Echenoz deze biografieën liever een 'roman' noemt, is omdat hij de lezer niet wil over
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Darryl
Apr 01, 2010 Darryl rated it really liked it
Running is a fictionalized account of the life of the Emil Zátopek (1922-2000), who reluctantly took up competitive running in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia as a young man, and became one of the premier long-distance runners of the mid-20th century, winning gold and silver medals at the 1948 Olympics, three gold medals at the 1952 Olympics, and setting world records in nine different events.

Zátopek's running style was most unorthodox, which Echenoz describes in detail in this brilliant passage:

Em
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Kai
A Frenchman's novel about the life of Czechoslovakian sports star, Emil Zatopek. Why a novel, not a biography? I'm not sure. It reads very much like a biography, or like an excerpt from a biography. And as in the Echenoz book I've read earlier, the narrative style is rather plain. So again I felt difficult to see what point the writer was trying to make here. I could only find a few scenes which were clearly symbolic or aiming at the larger state of la condition humaine. For instance the interna ...more
Jochen
Dec 30, 2013 Jochen rated it did not like it
Ein Buch, das Literatur sein will, vielleicht weil es als Sportreportage nicht durchgehen würde. Das Leben von Emil Zátopek wird stichpunktartig nacherzählt, es wirkt als sei eine Biographie gekürzt und verwässert worden. Weder journalistische Intelligenz, noch literarischer Mehrwert, falls es das unabhängig voneinander geben kann. Es sei denn, man interpretiert das im Vagen halten, wer hier eigentlich spricht, als "Literatur": "Manchmal bedaure ich, dass Sprachen mir so leichtfallen, bemerkt er ...more
Anne Slater
Jun 14, 2010 Anne Slater rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to eat a little crow after meeting with my reading group(see dismissive review below): it's the construction of this book, the allegorical nature that makes it interesting and, ultimately, a work of art illuminating the torment of the 20th century (Nazi and Soviet oppression) imposing itself on an individual and on a society. A few notes: parallel movement AND duplication of words between first and last chapters; no trip described in depth; economy of language; absurdity of the world, of ...more
James Klagge
Jan 06, 2014 James Klagge rated it liked it
The best thing about this short novel is the photo of Zatopek on the cover. I've also read 2 other books about Zatopek, the great Czech long-distance runner, and all have been rather disappointing. The other 2, which purport to be something like biographies, focus almost exclusively on his running and have almost nothing about his personal life or, more interesting to me, his handling of politics in his life. This book does try to touch on the politics, though in a novelistic fashion, and rather ...more
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Born December 26 (some sources say 23), 1947, in Orange, France; son of Marc (a psychiatrist) and Annie (an engraver) Echenoz; children: Jerome Arthur. Education: Attended Université d'Aix en Provence and Université de Paris (Sorbonne).
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