L'ultimo dei vostiachi
An inventive tale of a long-lost language and culture, forgotten but for a single man.
He felt a shiver run down his spine when he heard the lateral fricative with labiovelar overlay ring out loud and clear in the chill air…It set forgotten follicles stirring in the soft part of his brain, disturbing liquids that had lain motionless for centuries, arousing sensations no...more
But then there is all the theorising about language, which takes up a good portion of the book's 166 pages. And that's where the author lost me. I started skipping bits and caring less about the char ...more
I very much admire the way the author has created absurd, almost farcical scenes to communicate his ideas about language and non-communication. How often we think we know exactly what another person is thinking only to discover we were wrong all the way! This fairly short novels p ...more
I found this story more enjoyable in contrast to my recollection of some leng ...more
Definitely one for linguistic nerds - I often got lost in its linguistic jargon - the story follows the last member of the Vostyach tribe, following his emancipation from a Siberian prison camp, whose mere existence threatens an academic's lifelong thesis about the origins of the Finnish language. The academic is determined to eradicate this threat to his professional standing. Chaos an ...more
Jeg tror ikke på grunnpremisset som skaper konflikten, jeg liker ikke karakterene, jeg synes mennesynet i boka er motbydelig og den er full av lingvistiske faguttrykk som bare er til pynt og ikke har en litterær funksjon.
Den lange versjonen har jeg skrevet her:
Every week he writes a column for a Swiss newspaper in Europanto, a language he has invented. He also published a collection of short stories in Europanto, in France.
In Italian he has published six novels, the most recent being l'Amico della Donna.