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Me and Kaminski

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  764 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Sebastian Zollner is searching for his big break. A failure as a journalist, a boyfriend, and a human being, he sets out to write the essential biography of the eccentric painter Manuel Kaminski. All he needs to do is ingratiate himself into Kaminski’s family, wait for him to kick the bucket, and then reap the rewards. There’s only one problem. Kaminski has an agenda of hi ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Vintage (first published 2003)
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Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Οδηγός για νέους ή φτασμένους συγγραφείς. Πώς να γράφετε αληθινούς και ενδιαφέροντες χαρακτήρες, πώς να κανετε το κοινό σας να γελάει δυνατά, πώς να γράφετε έναν αληθινό, μπερδεμένο διάλογο. Ενδείκνυται για το σύνολο των Νεοελλήνων συγγραφέων που αγνοούν επιδεικτικά τον κανόνα "show, don't tell", καταδικάζοντας τους αναγνώστες τους σε σελίδες επί σελίδων βαρεμάρας και πατροναρίσματος.
Iris
James Wood refers to the first-person story-telling as "the unreliable narration" (the unreliable first-person narrator, who knows less about himself than the reader eventually does). Daniel Kehlmann has brilliantly turned the concept into the very framework of Me and Kaminski, except that in the end the protagonist finally catches up (with the reader) and confronts his unkindness, as well as the depth of his self-deception and uselessness - mundus vult decipi finally facing the appalling truth. ...more
Helen Stanton
A comic romp through the art world in the company of Sebastian Zollner , possibly the most unpleasant narrator in the whole of literature. Great fun

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Maryam
بازتاب تصوير خويش در ذهن ديگري
تصويري كه هيچكس نمي داند چگونه بنظر مي رسد
تصويري كه اغلب واژگونه و نادرست است
حتي در ذهن خودمان
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و وسوسه ي اين بازتاب
بازتاب تصوير خويشتن
كه هيچ گاه رهايمان نمي كند
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من و كامينسكي
روايت رهايي از اين وسوسه است
رهايي از بازتاب تصوير خويش در ذهن ديگري
Viviane Cordeiro
Sebastian Zollner is a terrible human being. Self absorbed, narcissist, boring, a stupid boyfriend and he sucks as a journalist. His last attempt will be to write the biography of the remarkable painter Manuel Kaminski. As Kaminski is already saying goodbye to the real world, Zollner work will be to wait for his death to publish his biggest best seller to date. But what should you do if the person doesn't want to die? Kaminski has plans on his own and he will do his best to achieve them.
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Jan Němec
Karty jsou v této novele rozdány až příliš jednoznačně. Je tu stařec, který ztrácí zájem o svět, a mladý novinář, který chce zájem světa naopak přilákat. Rozumí se samo sebou, že Kehlmann zde ironizuje kulturní žurnalismus. Dost přímočaře: novinář Zöllner je arogantní idiot, který se už ve vlaku pohádá s průvodčím; nejdříve vtrhne na malířův večírek, pak mu čenichá v domě; a nakonec starce unese, aby z něj vymačkal, co potřebuje, a pochlubil se jím na jakési vernisáži, kde Kaminski způsobí popra ...more
Pam
As I read this I liked it very much...although. The writing, in my opinion, was mellow and very good. And as I finished the book, I felt satisfied; and then, I started THINKING about the ending... no, no, no - a cop out! No good linear link, inferred or real, to where we ended up - Kaminski AND Zollen. It was so out of sync, as I thought about it, that is annoyed me!!

That's strange, isn't it? But I will give latitude for this being an author who is of a different nationality than I (American). T
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Corey
I read this in a day and a half. It was quick and funny. The narrator was such a ridiculous a-hole and his interpretations of the events surrounding him were funny. I’m not sure I totally got the intricacies, though, because by the end of road trip, the crazy narrator had actually developed a genuine affection for Kaminsky and I didn’t really notice when that happened. I also didn’t get the ins and outs of who knew what about whom and what secrets were really being kept. Could Kaminsky see the w ...more
Rachel
I had to slave thro' 'Die Vermessung der Welt' for one of my Contemporary Lit. courses, and I hated it. This though proved to be a refreshingly different experience.
Poor Sebastian Zollner. Just when you think that things cannot get any worse for him, they actually do. Lesson learned: Never underestimate anybody. The blind old, weak and seemingly demented Kaminski ends up taking Sebastian for a ride (literally and metaphorically), leaving him broke and story-less. I really liked the ending; just
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Steven Farmer
My most satisfying read of 2013 so far.
Oscar
Sebastian Zöllner tiene un plan: convertirse en el biógrafo del gran pintor Manuel Kaminski, y esperar su pronta muerte para saltar a la fama con su biografía. Pero las cosas nunca salen como uno espera, ¿verdad? La novela empieza con Sebastian acudiendo a una entrevista con Kaminski, que vive en una casita en los Alpes, en plena montaña. Sebastian es un personaje despreciable, mezquino, egoista, narcisista y egocéntrico a más no poder (el título, 'Yo y Kaminski', lo dice todo). Sin embargo, con ...more
Neva
Из архивите - рецензия за в. "Гласове".

Издателството за немскоезична литература "Атлантис – КЛ" е едно от броените в България, чиито стъпки прокарват ясен път нанякъде. Миналогодишната му продукция се състоеше от "само" две заглавия. Но в компанията на издадените досега Хайнрих Бьол, Томас Бернхард, Гюнтер Грас и Бернхард Шлинк бяха включени двама неслучайни автори. Умната, актуална и сладкодумна проза на Мартин Зутер и Даниел Келман се появи навреме, скоро след премиерата на оригиналите. При то
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Jani
While being famous has only really become a profession after the birth of reality television, fame as a goal in itself certainly was not unheard-of before BB. Especially in the world of art, be they the more recent popular genres or "the high arts", fame has many times been more important than the actual quality. Of course, an artist has still needed some kind of a claim to fame, but if the initial push has been achieved, many have been happy to surf on the wave even it has not lasted for all et ...more
Bimbo
Malo boljša knjiga od Kehlmannove Slave, a še daleč od tega, da bi me nezmerno navdušila. Zanimiva zgodba je večplastna, ponuja bogate interpretacije in množico razmislekov. Časnikarsko "plitev" slog pisanja je v tem primeru razumljiv, opravičljiv, celo logičen, a po dveh njegovih knjigah v tem istem slogu se sprašujem, ali Kehlmann res pisanje spretno prilagaja fabuli. Sumim namreč, da morda svoje zgodbe izbira "po časnikarsko", da vsebina sledi piščevim zmožnostim. Da torej spretno in umno krm ...more
Inga
Kehlmanns Ich und Kaminski ist ein Roman mit gleich zwei Protagonisten, die mir unsympathisch sind. Der Ich-Erzähler, das Ich aus dem Titel, ist der arrogante Kunstkritiker und Journalist Sebastian Zöllner, der sich selbst schon auf den ersten Seiten als unsensibler, egozentrischer, auch gemeiner und oberflächlicher Versager entlarvt, der höchstens verdreht intelektuell ist. Der jagt nun dem zurückgezogen lebenden und von seiner Tochter entmündigten Maler Kaminski hinterher, um dessen Enthüllung ...more
Alexandra
Ein ehemaliger Kunststudent und derzeitiger Literaturkritiker heftet sich ohne Rücksicht auf Verluste an die Fersen eines berühmten sehr alten Malers, um seine Biografie zu schreiben. Sehr anschaulich beschreibt Kehlmann das Innenleben eines Paradeegoisten, der sich für das Zentrum der Welt (auch aller anderen Personen) hält und der durch Ignoranz, Verdrängung, Agressivität und Beharrlichkeit seine Umwelt zugunsten seiner Ziele manipuliert.

Plötzlich bekommt der Roman jedoch eíne unerwartete Wend
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Hanna
Wunderbares Buch. Kehlmann erschafft mit Sebastian Zöllner einen unsympathischen Charakter, dem man ständig wünscht er möge auf die Schnauze fallen, gleichzeitig hat man dann doch wieder Mitleid mit ihm, er fällt ja eh ständig auf die Schnauze und merkt es nicht mal (oder besser gesagt, will es nicht merken).
Extrem amüsant geschrieben und sehr kurzweilig.
Carol
Sebastian Zollner is a second rate journalist that has decided he needs to do something that will give him respect in the world. He has heard about an artist Manuel Kaminski, that is very elderly and going blind. Sebastian reasons that someone needs to write about him before he dies. Sebastian's life is falling apart on a personal level with his girl friend telling him she has another lover. He thinks this is the perfect opportunity to go to the home of the artist and tell him he is writing his ...more
Ariana
Short, funny novel, satire/send-up of art criticism and the art world. Translated from German with a clean, simple style. The narrator definitely has some major personality issues and a complete inability to accurately judge himself and his place in the world, but his come-uppance at the hands of the fascinating older artist he is hoping to make his career in profiling is funny and poignant (maybe a mix of poignancy and sarcasm, if that makes any sense at all, that in itself gives the reader muc ...more
A
If I had to choose between the Goldfinch and this book, I would choose this book. I think you learn more about an artist and at least the protagonist in this book is funny when awful things happen.
Dani
2 Unsympathen treffen aufeinander, und Kehlmann macht trotzdem oder gerade deshab eine von Ironie durchzogene, gut lesbare und vor allem lustige Geschichte draus.
Cody
i read the english version that is apparently ungoodreadable and it was called "Kaminski and Me" fyi. gotta say i was not a fan overall, kaminski is an interesting old man who used to paint but went blind but you mostly see him through lens of crybaby jerk reporter who wants to be cool.... but he's not outright douchey enough to be interesting or funny, just mildly self serving and vanilla enough to actively disklike. i basically only got this book because i wnated to read kehlmann's Fame but co ...more
Sebastian Hagedorn
So la la. Der Anfang war für mich schwer zu überstehen, weil man sich andauernd so sehr fremdschämen musste. Im Mittelteil war es dann ziemlich unterhaltsam, aber das Ende war dann wieder unbefriedigend. Mein Gesamturteil fällt dadurch eher bescheiden aus. Man muss andererseits eingestehen, dass Kehlmann zu erzählen versteht, aber nur weil das den meisten deutschen Autoren so schwer fällt, ist das für mich für sich genommen noch kein Grund, in Begeisterung auszubrechen. Das ist aber der Grund, w ...more
Naomi
I am undecided between three and four stars, because I think it started out stronger than it finished - I think Kehlmann was going for a big dramatic ending, which didn't quite work for me. However, it was a really enjoyable read, and I really liked the writing style, the humour, the extent to which the protagonist is so clueless as to how he is seen by others, etc. I will also probably see the film when it comes out, because I can't miss a film with my old celebrity crush. (:
Kris McCracken
An exploration into the concept of artistic genius, this is a surprisingly bleak book. Ultimately, some not very likeable characters irritate each other in the pursuit of their own self-interest (but that interest largely rests on what another can do for them).

An odd road trip eventuates that features an incredibly narcissistic 31-year-old journalist/ wannabe biographer and the decrepit (almost) forgotten painter. I liked you, you might too. Recommended.
Inge Vermeire
Ik twijfel een beetje tussen twee en drie sterren - het onderwerp van het boek spreekt mij niet echt aan maar Kehlmann beschrijft het hoofdpersonage van zijn boek wel zeer grappig en onderhoudend. Dat hoofdpersonage is irritant, arrogant, eigenwijs, heeft een onwaarschijnlijke eigendunk en daardoor is hij ook interessant en boeiend als personage. Het einde vond ik een beetje flauw en weinig uitgediept. Toch benieuwd naar ander werk van Kehlmann.
Bjørnar Tuftin
A slightly odd book. Not a bad read, but the cover oversold it and I was expecting a _great_ read, which this isn't, at least not for me.
lynn
a struggling journalist is in the midst of writitng a biography of a mediocre artist. he arrives at the artist house to the dismay of the artists daughter.. he tells this artist that his friend lied to him when he told him his one true love was dead.. she was not dead and he,the journalist, knew where she was..the artrist insisted on a journey to see his love...a short book, one that i would not recommend.
Miha Novak
Pripoved (intervju) zapisana v prvi osebi ednine, ki nam zaradi bizarnega miselnega toka motenega glavnega junaka preprečuje poistovetenje z njim. Protagonist Noel se mi niti ne smili, niti ga ne obsojam. Pravzaprav se me je celotno delo emocijsko zelo rahlo dotaknilo in mi hkrati povečalo tolerantnost do morilcev. Zapreti v „čuzo“ jih je vsekakor treba, ampak bolj kot paciente in manj kot nekake satane.
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Daniel Kehlmann is a German-Austrian author.

His novel Measuring the World was translated into more than forty languages. Awards his work has received include the Candide Prize, the Literature Prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heimito von Doderer Literature Award, the Kleist Prize, the WELT Literature Prize, and the Thomas Mann Prize. Kehlmann divides his time between Vienna and Berlin.
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