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Der Professor

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,925 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
"Amelie Nothomb hat in Emile Hazel einen Nachkommen von Heinrich Manns Professor Unrat geschaffen.
Amelie Nothomb ist noch nicht dreißigjährig und verfügt doch schon über mehr als die Bildung und den Stil, die eine lebenslange Schulung voraussetzen: über die Skepsis des Alters, die sie beides, hohe Bildung und glänzenden Stil, mit der gebotenen Respektlosigkeit in Szene set
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1997 by Diogenes (first published August 24th 1995)
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Jun 20, 2015 Genevieve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of dark, psychological fiction
In The Stranger Next Door by Amélie Nothomb, childhood sweethearts, Emile and Juliette Hazel, married for 43 years, decide to abandon city life for an idyllic retirement in the country. They have a burning need for solitude, to become true free spirits liberated from "what men have made of life." And so, in true fairy tale fashion, they buy a cottage in the woods, a house covered in blue wisteria set near a river, and get ready to begin their golden years in peace and tranquility.

But then comes
Jul 10, 2013 Emmett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 8th novel of Nothomb's I've read. While I always enjoy her works, some are obviously more entertaining/impressive to me than others. That being said, I LOVED this one. I've typically enjoyed her semi-autobiographical works more than just her stories, but this was definitely an exception. The story was amazing. It was short (like everything I've read by her) with very little background, consisting mainly of dialogue between a husband and wife, but I couldn't wait to finish it. Her des ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Tessa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than anything this book is about pleasure. What makes us happy and what gives us pleasure? Are the 2 the same? Or can we have one without the other?

Emile and Juliette found the perfect home for their retirement. Everything seems to go perfect until their sanctum is bothered by their neighbour, Bernardin. Incredibly fat and rude, he tortures them 2 hours each day by coming to their house and sitting them without saying anything. Just looking uncomfortable and making the old couple feel the s
Jorge Cienfuegos
Oct 04, 2015 Jorge Cienfuegos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uno de los primeros libros de Nothomb, con los temas típicos de sus obras de esa época: criaturas grotescas, obesidades monstruosas, misantropía... Personalmente, en su línea de ficción pura, me gustaban mucho más este tipo de novelas que las de los últimos cinco-seis años.
Apr 11, 2015 Tassia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro dall'incredibile capacità di analisi psicologica. Dapprima non ce ne si rende conto, i personaggi sembrano caricature - forse in fondo la coppia Bernardin lo rimane fino alla fine (Bernadette mi ricorda incredibilmente la versione finale della Strega delle lande nel Castello errante di Howl) - eppure possiamo parlare di una vera e propria epifania, c'è un momento in cui tutto, perfino lo straordinario, ritorna sotto il controllo dell'ordinario e si riesce ad aggiustare la prospettiva co ...more
Dec 10, 2015 Myriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
quand on lit plusieurs livres de suit d'Amélie, les histoires perdent un peu de leur charme et on commence à trouver les points de similarités et des répétitions dans ses écrits: la laideur et la beauté, le froid, le changement psychologique du protagoniste allant du neutre, bon, vilain et enfin confus. ceci est applicable à tous les romans non autobiographiques de l'écrivaine.
William He
Apr 22, 2011 William He rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished this short novella in a week and I couldn't help laughing at Nothomb's brilliant descriptions of repulsive characters. The story revolves around two retired couple who move to the country side after finding the house of their dreams. Mr. Hazel, a retired high school teacher, and his wife moved away from the city to enjoy some peace and quiet in the winter. Everything was going swell until their dear neighbor comes in for a visit, then another visit, and then one every day. When push com ...more
Sep 11, 2015 Siv30 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
נותומב אמלי – חרפות וגידופים

עם עובד, 163 עמ'

אמילי נותומב נולדה בקובה , יפן בשנת 1965. אביה היה השגריר הבלגי במספר רב של מדינות כולל סין וארה"ב.

הנובלה "חרפות וגידופים" יצאה לאור בשנת 1995 והיא היצירה השלישית מפרי עטה שאני קוראת.

כאשר אמיל אזל, מורה ללימודי יוון ולטינית בתיכון, פורש בגיל 65 הוא מחליט יחד עם בת זוגו, ז'ולייט לה הוא נשוי 43 שנים, לרכוש את בית חלומותיהם בבדידות המזהרת בפרברי צרפת.

בתחילה אכן הרכישה נראית מוצלחת, והשלווה שורה על ביתם, אולם, עד מהרה שלווה זו מופרת כאשר השכן היחיד שלהם,
Manon Clélia
Je dois dire d'emblée que ce n'est pas mon préféré de Nothomb, ni celui que j'aime le moins. Sur les quatre romans lus, il se place aisément à la deuxième place du classement. Tout d'abord, j'ai retrouvé le style d'écriture nothombien qui me plaît, sans pouvoir l'expliquer. C'est simple, mais en même temps alambiqué. C'est fort en sonorité, mélodieux et très agréable. J'ai encore trouvé le sujet abordé passionnant, et je me suis demandée dès le début vers où l'auteure allait nous mener. J'ai ado ...more
Cora D
Feb 10, 2011 Cora D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sin querer el azar ha puesto en mis manos uno de los mejores libros que pudiese esperar y desear.

Me encantan los problemas morales hechos novela, pero esta novela corta en particualar lleva al lector desde su visión externa, hasta hacerle cómplice de las cavilaciones pasionales de Emile.

Recomendado si se busca delimitar lo correcto e incorrecto de las acciones personales en un marco social.
Jul 15, 2011 Sophie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2011, french
Nothomb writes with so much insight and this story isn't any different. It deals with a couple who retire to the countryside to be on their own. There is only one house anywhere nearby. But when the doctor who lives there starts coming to visit between 4 and 6pm every day, it changes everything. The story is uncomfortable, psychological and excellent. I just didn't like it myself.
Feb 08, 2016 Gerardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excusez-moi pour mes fautes : je suis en train d’apprendre le Français et ce livre a été une façon de faire de l’exercice. Le commentaire en français sera après le commentaire en italien.

ITALIANO: Bisogna dargli tempo, perché all'inizio sembra un testo stupido. Andando avanti con le pagine, ci si accorge che questo stile essenziale è finalizzato alla rappresentazione di una vita fastidiosamente comune, intrappolata in una vita ripetitiva eppure così tronfia di se stessa. Questa è la vita del pr
AmberBug **
The central character is a retired philosophy teacher and the book jumps right into the human psyche. I loved every word of this book and want to read everything by Northomb, although I don't know how many of her books have been translated into English from French. Her writing makes me contemplate learning French... that's how much I liked this book.
Nov 29, 2013 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Amélie Nothomb è un'autrice fantastica e decisamente particolare. I suoi romanzi migliori per quel che mi riguarda sono quelli autobiografici, ma tutti sono meritevoli: solo uno dei tanti che ho letto mi ha proprio lasciato perplessa (Igiene dell'assassino).
Sep 26, 2012 Akhila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew this book was translated from French to English. I don't know much about the author, the book was a gift. It's really interesting and the musings of the main character, was interesting but the plot made me keep going. The plot. It was the plot. Interesting abstract read.
Jan 02, 2011 Deepa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a good book!just picked this one off the shelf without the usual research i put into picking books.Surprise!Great suspense,and 149 pages, busy readers who are fans of creepy,funny and suspenseful novels will enjoy this one!
Mar 28, 2008 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of desturbing, a little aggrivating, bone chilling - for sure - but on the whole I enjoyed it. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes the 'mental suffering' genre.
Apr 11, 2015 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: belgio-giappone
L'ho letto tutto di un fiato. E' un libro che sembrerebbe raccontare una storia di quotidianità, ma poi... Mi ha lasciato perplessa.Mi sa che non l'ho capito.
Mar 12, 2012 Josephine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. Totally takes the place of 'Loving Sabotage' as my favourite by far.
Apr 07, 2013 Sherry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So strange, and so good. A mystery of the human psyche.
Kirk Johnson
Jun 13, 2016 Kirk Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If Beckett copulated with Camus and gave birth to an easy moment, this might be the lovechild in their arms. The initial structure of the novel - similar to her first novel, Hygiene and the Assassin - is noticed immediately and one cannot fathom how the author will pull it off, but unlike that earlier novel she renders the whole story with aplomb. And while the writer's hand hovers over her usual finishing technique of the unexpected small noise maker, in the end she slides into her ending more ...more
Mar 17, 2016 Swanni rated it it was ok
Shelves: to-read-2016
Emma Valieu
Feb 05, 2013 Emma Valieu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aux férus de la comédie à la française
Shelves: réflexion, humour
Je connaissais la dame au chapeau mais pas ses oeuvres. C'est maintenant chose faite, grâce à Les Catilinaires .
C'est l'histoire d'un papy érudit, drôle et sympathique qui emménage avec sa femme depuis toujours à la campagne, pour profiter d'une retraite bien méritée. Mais problème, leur voisin est une plaie car il ne cessera de les harceler de son silence tous les jours... Un homme qui s'invite contre votre gré chez vous quotidiennement pendant deux heures sans parler ou presque, c'est aussi a
De parca n-as mai fi avut si altceva de citit, m-am apucat de carticica asta, pe care, bineinteles, am si terminat-o in curs de o zi si ceva [cum altfel, la cat de subtirica e, si la cat de labartat e scrisul?].

Mi-a placut foarte mult subiectul acestui roman, pentru motivul ca stiu cum e sa-ti violeze cineva intimitatea. Cu siguranta, insa, n-am avut parte, in viata mea, de nici un personaj atat de insolit, anost, si, pana la urma, nesimtit, cum e Palamede Barnardin, care sa-mi scotoceasca minte
Aug 21, 2013 Alisea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le catilinarie

Palamède Bernardin è l'ingombrante vicino di casa di Emile e Juliette, una coppia di anziani coniugi che decidono di ritirarsi in campagna per trascorrere gli ultimi anni della loro vita in una felice e campestre solitudine. I coniugi però sono costretti dalle regole imposte dalla buona educazione a subire quotidianamente le visite dell'asociale e silenzioso vicino obeso che invade dalle 16 alle 18 il loro salotto. La situazione precipiterà quando, a queste riunioni silenziose, si
Syringa Smyrna
Apr 05, 2014 Syringa Smyrna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: belgian
"Certes, il y aura toujours des gens pour dire que le bien et le mal n'existent pas: ce sont ceux qui n'ont jamais eu affaire au vrai mal. Le bien est beaucoup moins convaincant que le mal: c'est parce que leur structure chimique est différente.
Comme l'or, le bien ne se rencontre jamais à l'état pur dans la nature: il est donc normal de ne pas le trouver impressionnant. Il a la fâcheuse habitude de ne rien faire; il préfère se donner en spectacle.
Le mal, lui, s'apparente à un gaz: il n'est pas f
Carol Rennie
Dec 01, 2015 Carol Rennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was very captivating and flowed well. I read this in a few days, but could have read it in one day.

So Emile and Juliette buy a home about an hour out of town. They have a neighbour, a doctor, who comes to their house,without invitation, everyday from 4pm to 6pm without fail. Everyday Emile keeps letting him in, even though Juliette asks why? Emile cannot not answer the door.....the story continues.........

This is a great book when you want to read something easy, nothing greatly deep
Jan 03, 2013 Rainbowgirl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
Un couple de vieillards amoureux s'installe dans la maison de leurs rêves, à la campagne. Tout serait parfait sans leur voisin, un homme odieux qui s'invite chez eux tous les jours à la même heure, tant et si bien que leur havre de paix devient le théâtre de la discorde dans ce couple béatement heureux depuis soixante ans. Cette situation insolite va mettre à jour les faiblesses de l'époux, mais aussi son côté obscur, insoupçonné.

Comme le seul roman de Nothomb que j'aie trouvé satisfaisant jusqu
Apr 02, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emile e Juliette decidono di ritirarsi in una vita di tranquillita' in campagna. Poi arriva Palamede Bernardin, vicino di casa. Ogni giorno, nel pomeriggio, egli fa visita agli anziani coniugi, si siede sul divano e non dice una parola... una presenza che alla fine si fa ingombrante e psicologicamente insopportabile.

Un bel libro, dalla finezza psicologica ammirabile, anche se non semplicissimo da comprendere. Titolo Italiano: Le catilinarie.
Mar 05, 2012 Sli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tema knjige bila je miljama daleko od mene. Niti me zanimala, niti angažirala.
Ova knjiga je toliko slična Strahu i trepetu, ali ovoga puta likovi su (iako sasvim plošni kao i u Strahu i trepetu) potpuno nezanimljivi. To je tako kada pišeš takve romane. Ili te čeka neviđen uspjeh ili neslavno propadaš. Na žalost ovim romanom Amelie se približila drugoj opciji.
Stranice su se okretale brzo, ali knjiga nikako da završi.
Sve one kvalitete koje sam vidio u Strahu i trepetu sada su išle protiv knjige.
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Amélie Nothomb, born Fabienne Claire Nothomb, was born in Etterbeek, Belgium on 9 July 1966, to Belgian diplomats. Although Nothomb claims to have been born in Japan, she actually began living in Japan at the age of two until she was five years old. Subsequently, she lived in China, New York, Bangladesh, Burma, the United Kingdom (Coventry) and Laos.

She is from a distinguished Belgian political fa
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“It’s true that someone will always say that good and evil don’t exist: that is a person who has never had any dealings with real evil. Good is far less convincing than evil, but it’s because their chemical structures are different.

Like gold, good is never found in a pure state in nature: it therefore doesn’t seem impressive. It has the unfortunate tendency not to act; it prefers, passively, to be seen.”
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