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Fotoğraf Makinası

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  338 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Son dönemde Fransızca yazan en parlak kalemlerden biri kabul edilen Toussaint’in Banyo’dan sonra Türkçedeki ikinci kitabını sunuyoruz.

Banyo’nun Oblomov’u çağrıştıran karakteri gibi Fotoğraf Makinesi’nin “çoğunlukla olaysız geçen sakin bir yaşam süren” isimsiz anti-kahramanı da bir hareketsizlik felsefesi geliştiriyor. Bu felsefenin temel taşlarını da “işleri aceleye getirm
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Paperback, 78 pages
Published 1992 by Ayrıntı Yayınları (first published August 16th 1989)
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Toussaint's take on life: monotonous, boring, and monotonous. And boring, too!

Toussaint's novel: A guy tries to get a license. He meets a cute girl. They try to fill a propane tank for half the book, he files some papers, he takes some driving classes, still no propane, they buy some groceries, still no license, still no propane, they drive around, the car breaks down, they travel by train, and everything is monotonous and boring. Isn't it just like living, Toussaint? You truly, truly get it! Th
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MJ Nicholls
A novel in which nothing significant happens on purpose, to draw attention to the insignificant things that comprise 90% of our lives. Toussaint calls this the ‘infinitesimal novel’ and his entire canon could be read in an afternoon. That’s how infinitesimal these novels are.

There is a richness here, a more philosophical flavour to the second half of the novel, so it isn’t merely about a man hanging around a DMV office trying to shack up with a single mum. But mainly it is, and there’s nothing
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Jim
Apr 17, 2009 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One would be hard-pressed to find in a novel a character who examines the nature of his existence as scrupulously as the protagonist of Camera. Improbably, it’s a love story.

The affair commences when a man with a “propensity not to hasten matters” becomes smitten with a woman named Pascale Polougaïevski, who works as a clerk in a driver’s-education office. (While Toussaint’s narrators are habitually nameless, the women are saddled with ungainly handles.) The romance proceeds in disarmingly obliq
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Palivo
Feb 09, 2016 Palivo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: belgian
Fotoaparát od Toussainta sleduje hrdinu, který si nakráčí do autoškoly s tím, že si chce udělat papíry, ale jelikož nemá fotku na řidičák, tak se jen tak poflakuje na recepci, přičemž začne koketovat se sekretářkou a zanedlouho už ji nakládá jak okurky a jezdí s ní a s malým synkem do školy a pro plynovou bombu a na výlety, večeře a kávičky. Opět se tedy potvrzuje, že ve Francii jde lidem jen o sex, krosénty a kafe. Je suis penis.

Zároveň je to co jsem napsal výše asi celým dějem této knihy, kter
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Lee
A remarkable and fascinating little book. There is a superficial stasis of plot and character that will turn off some readers, but great riches lurk beneath the quotidian surface. At an aesthetic level, "Camera" reminds me of how I feel when standing alone in large clean empty parking lot or in a newly opened airport terminal. Each moment here manages to become both small and large, and has the smell of abandoned infrastructure.
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This was a charming book that I found to be light and airy, but also simultaneously melancholic and quite serious. Jean-Philippe Toussaint explains in an interview with Laurent Demoulin that the book "progressively shifts from the 'struggle of living' to the 'despair of being.'"

It certainly is a postmodern existentialist novella in a sense, where the main character, falling in love with the "sleepy" Pascale, also becomes a witness to his own thoughts. There's a metaphysical, philosophical touch
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Adam Tramposh
Sep 21, 2011 Adam Tramposh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Central premise:
Absolute refusal of meaning is a graceful way of life.

Revelatory excerpt:
"The conditions were now perfect, it seemed to me, for thinking. A few minutes earlier, on the maritime platform, I had stopped to watch the rain fall in a bright projected beam, in the exact space delineated by the light, enclosed and yet as devoid of material borders as a quavering Rothko outline, and, imagining the rain falling at this place in the world, which, carried by gusts of wind, passed through my
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Mike Lindgren
Feb 28, 2009 Mike Lindgren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is one of those quintessentially French postmodern novels that is intriguing and exasperating in the same measure. Toussaint's book is an example of the novel of the infinitesimal, apparently the latest flavor in French intellectual circles. The narrative is aggressively quotidian, the tone flat, the action inconsequential, interrupted by occasional vaguely poetic meditations on the nature of thought, time, action, et cetera. If fiction built on abstract theoretical constructs interests you ...more
Brent Legault
Oct 16, 2009 Brent Legault rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The "Que sais-je?" crowd.
A waiting room novel. Not to say that it's a novel that it should be read in a waiting room, although it can be and, if the wait runs a little long, it can be read in full. But to the point, it is a novel that is interested in the waiting rooms of life, where nothing much happens "on the page" but where some thinking can get done. It might be a little boring sometimes or maybe mildly amusing or slightly frustrating but the wait will be short at least and then something else will surely come alon ...more
wally
Aug 25, 2014 wally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: toussaint
begins:
"it was at about the same time in my life, a calm life in which ordinarily nothing happened, that two events coincided, events that, taken separately, were of hardly any interest, and that, considered together, were unfortunately not connected in any way."

i think the story description is a tad...off. "a man who is obsessed with himself..." so on so forth. written by another...who? meh. i'd read the interview at the back of the story, if your copy contains the interview with jean-philippe
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Vineeth
Jun 27, 2014 Vineeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I fell asleep twice. Highly recommended if you want to fall asleep. We all have those days when we're like 'gahh, I wish I could fall asleep right now but I'm just sitting awake in bed'. You should buy this book and keep it on your bedside table for such occasions.

Just because it made me fall asleep, it doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy parts of the book. Sometimes the prose stood out (who knows what it sounds like to a native French reader reading the novel in French, I read the translation). So
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Donald
Oct 04, 2008 Donald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as The Bathroom, which is a small masterpiece, but Camera is brilliant in a sly and quiet way.
Kyle
An anonymous man -- calmly riding the ups and downs of driver's ed training, a dull social life, and a giddy romance -- abruptly faces a new, more serious savagery, the philosophical questions of perception and movement. The adventures start out plainly enough: the narrator enters a driving school and is immediately smitten with the receptionist. Their romance blossoms, and after a series of jokey but grim episodes involving petrol containers and the mysterious workings of automobiles, they deci ...more
Romain X.
Oct 23, 2015 Romain X. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
Le roman raconte presque rien ou presque tout selon le point de vue, la perspective que l’on adopte. D’ailleurs, Jean-Philippe Toussaint annonce la couleur dès la première phrase du livre :
C’est à peu près à la même époque de ma vie, vie calme où d’ordinaire rien n’advenait, que dans mon horizon immédiat coïncidèrent deux évènements qui, pris séparément, ne présentaient guère d’intérêt, et qui, considérés ensemble, n’avaient malheureusement aucun rapport entre eux.

Il comprend deux parties relat
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Rose Gowen
I loved this. Except the last 15 pages. Dammit, I wish hadn't read them, it was so good til then!

My reading life has really been in the doldrums for months. Partly I've been busy/preoccupied/tired, but also, I'm a very orderly reader. I don't like to be reading a lot of stuff at once. It makes me nervous. I read from the first page to the last (I have never liked books that invite you to skip around-- the order should be important and part of the author's plan!), and I don't like to start someth
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James
The Belgian novelist Jean-Philippe Toussaint is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The opening sequences of “Camera,” one remind me of the enjoyment I experienced recently reading another work, Television, by the same author.
Toussaint’s writing is comic and in this case that entails a sort of comedy with a tendency toward the mechanical. People, gestures and events become like automata — compressed, sprung, interlocked and endlessly repeating. The action, limited as it may be in this book th
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Shya
Jan 13, 2009 Shya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It was about the same time in my life, a calm life in which ordinarily nothing happened, that two events coincided, events that, taken separately, were hardly of any interest, and that, considered together, were unfortunately not connected in any way."

Absolutely wonderful first sentence. Unfortunately, it rarely achieves such perfect strangeness throughout most of the remaining 100 pages. And the final sentence/word is terrible.

In the interview at the back of the book, Toussaint calls his work
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Christopher
Mar 11, 2012 Christopher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A quote from the interview appended to the second edition pretty much says it all: "Underlying my novel is ... an idea of literature focused on the insignificant, on the banal, on the mundane, the 'not interesting,' the 'not edifying,' on lulls in time, on marginal events, which are usually excluded from literature and are not dealt with in books."

And Toussaint basically accomplishes that goal, interjecting at only about five points a half-page or so of philosophical meditation or allegorical im
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Ashley
Very interesting read. I've not read anything like this before. No dramatic declarations of love, no secrets being kept from family members, no mystery. Just simple. Life. Just as we live it. It's a story that can very well happen in real life. Very strange but I ended up enjoying if.
Clair
May 11, 2014 Clair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exquisite writing, minimalist, introspective storyline - nothing much happens but that's kinda the whole point. A real Gallic treat for the weekend.
Hallie
May 03, 2009 Hallie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Short and easy to read (insofar as I consider anything in French easy to read), this is a somewhat amusing purportedly semi-autobiographical (I think - I'm reading it as part of a "biographical fiction" class) account of a love affair between the narrator and the secretary at his driving school. The character is a little bizarre and has a fairly lackadaisical attitude towards life, though of course he ends up having a breakdown of sorts (psychological explorations would be no fun otherwise). One ...more
Zach
Jun 12, 2011 Zach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm finding I like French authors more and more each time I read one of their books. Toussaint is something like a neo-existentialist, and he continues proudly the tradition of his predecessors. Camera is a simple love story told with such detachment by the narrator that the perspective, despite being that of one party in the relationship, feels completely foreign to what are actually first-hand events.
Angie
Mar 03, 2009 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was completely into this story about this little French man going about his day-to-day business because it was amusing and clever. The latter third of the book took a nosedive for me though. I didn't relate very well to the existential crisis he was going through or WHY he was going through it, and I had no idea what was going on. Still, I really liked the book.
Melanie Page
I have this terrible feeling that I'm not into literature that is important and imperative because it's over my head. Oy. I would stick this novel under "cute," if that was a star ranking. I might appreciate it more in the context of a graduate class, where a nice bundle of peers who could tell me what to think would improve my rating.
Pascale
Aug 08, 2012 Pascale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young man meets a young woman, but that is really not pertinent to this novel of the “roman infinitésimal” school. A camera is stolen. The question of time and being, dissected into moments; rain and streaks of light. In French (L'appareil photo).
Monte
May 23, 2009 Monte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2009
Very good...not sure if I would call him the 21th century comic Camus. However, the book is simple, complex, amusing, withdrawn,,,and did I mention the camera on the ship

Worth reading
Rosa
Oct 08, 2010 Rosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: belgian
I am going to have to read this again more carefully. While I really enjoyed it, I have the feeling that I missed something, especially after reading the interview with Toussaint.
Jeff Bursey
Sep 06, 2013 Jeff Bursey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For my review of this and Monsieur, as well as The Customer is Always Wrong (by someone else), go here:

http://www.jeffbursey.com/downloads/Q...
Peter Panic
What kept me going? Is it the fact that I refuse to be beaten down by a book? Or is it because it was only a 110 pages? More importantly, why did I pick this up?
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Jean-Philippe Toussaint (born 29 November, 1957, Brussels) is a Belgian prose writer and filmmaker. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and he has had his photographs displayed in Brussels and Japan. Toussaint won the Prix Médicis in 2005 for his novel Fuir. The 2006 book La mélancolie de Zidane (Paris: Minuit, 2006) is a lyrical essay on the headbutt administered by the ...more
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“In the fight between you and reality, be discouraging.” 5 likes
“She misunderstood my method, in my opinion, not realizing that my approach, rather obscure to those unfamiliar, was based on the idea that in my struggle with reality, I could exhaust any opponent with whom I was grappling, like one can wear out an olive, for example, before successfully stabbing it with a fork, and that my propensity not to hasten matters, far from having a negative effect, in fact prepared for me a fertile ground where, when things seemed ripe, I could make my move with ease.” 2 likes
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