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Il minotauro

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  365 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Questa spy-story d’autore, pubblicata nel 1980 in Israele, fu salutata l’anno dopo da Graham Greene come il miglior romanzo tradotto dell’anno. È una storia affascinante e originale in cui un agente segreto israeliano s’innamora di una ragazza dalla bellezza
mediterranea e misteriosa, e usa tutte le tecniche e i trucchi del suo mestiere per seguire, controllare, determinare
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Paperback, Tascabili, 185 pages
Published October 1997 by edizioni e/o (first published 1980)
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orsodimondo
Sep 28, 2016 orsodimondo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: israele
SIG FRANZ KAFKA, FERMO POSTA
Credo sia stato il mio primo incontro con le Edizioni e/o che sono diventate poi una costante delle mie letture (Brandys, Hrabal, Haushofer, Hein, Liebrecht, Keret, Ferrante, Carlotto, Bartolomei, Ferrari, Didion, Aleksievič, Kourouma, Diop, Ndione, Mda, Appanah, Galgut, Meyer…).
Pertanto, questa è una rilettura, a distanza di più di vent’anni.
Anche stimolata da alcuni affascinanti commenti letti proprio qui su Goodreads.

Personalmente, ho letto un breve romanzo così be
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Roberto
Sep 11, 2016 Roberto rated it liked it

Una complessa allegoria

Una storia d'amore a distanza (o una ossessione amorosa?) scritta in quattro tempi sfasati temporalmente dai quattro attori principali.
Una storia avvolgente dal sapore antico che costringe alla lettura, una lunga attesa dell'incontro tra i due protagonisti.

Una storia che, stando al significato letterale, dimostra quasi subito i suoi limiti. E' improbabile, rappresenta il protagonista come una persona cattiva che uccide per ottenere ciò che vuole, è abbastanza banale. E al
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Piperitapitta
«Perché forte come la morte è l'amore»

Credo che ognuno di noi rappresenti un certo tipo di lettore, ed io, forse a volte non senza una nota di compiacimento, continuo a raccontare a me stessa e agli altri di come nell'ultimo anno sia diventata una lettrice bulimica.
Leggo moltissimo, sempre di più, sempre più voracemente, e se questo da una parte mi piace perché fa crescere continuamente in me il desiderio di scoprire nuovi autori, di misurarmi con letture che non avrei mai pensato di avvicinare,
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Paul
Aug 01, 2011 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's something to be said for not writing a review as soon as you finish a book. Let it settle, digest what's been taken in and reflect a little. When I closed Minotaur* my initial feeling was one of having been blown away by the taut and refined writing style, the way the plot unwinds gradually, revealing part of the truth, only then to be quickly snapped back like a spring to an earlier scene in the protagonists' stories - revealing more as it went. At least a week has passed and now I find ...more
ΑνναΦ
Sep 11, 2013 ΑνναΦ rated it really liked it
Shelves: gialli
Mi rendo conto che, alle volte, sarebbe meglio mi astenessi dallo scrivere alcun commento al libro che ho letto, perché qualunque pensiero potrei metter giù sarebbe solo uno sconnesso ba ba balbettìo. Se mi azzardo stavolta è per poter ricordare, un giorno, trovandomi tra le mani questo libricino, riposto in un anfratto della mia biblioteca, quello che mi ha comunicato.

E' scritto in un linguaggio poetico, semplice e bello, riecheggiante atmosfere e luoghi mediorentali, classici, non ultimo nel t
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Lillian
May 29, 2011 Lillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lillian by: my Shelfari friend, Brett
At 18, beautiful copper haired Thea begins receiving adoring letters from a mysterious stranger. Magnetically drawn to him they settle into an on and off again romantic correspondence well into her twenties even while other men flow through her life. The lives of Thea and three other characters intertwine in this story of obsession, intrigue and displaced love. Set in London, and Tel Aviv, Minotaur is an inventive story of suspense told with creative literary style. Part psychological thriller a ...more
Hanaan
Jun 03, 2008 Hanaan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about singular, and sometimes obsessive people. I thought it was a well designed, quickly absorbing and unusual. Plunges you, very easily, into someone else's slightly scary but somehow familiar world.
Rosenkavalier
May 29, 2012 Rosenkavalier rated it really liked it
Thanks God it’s not that simple in my secret life

Il Minotauro è Alexander Abramov, un agente segreto del Mossad. Solitario e introverso fin da bambino, scopre una vocazione nel mestiere di spia, vivere molte vite è il modo migliore per non affrontare la propria. Tutte queste esistenze, incluse quelle delle persone che lo hanno cresciuto, incontrato, amato hanno depositato su quest’uomo un carico intollerabile di ossessioni e alienazione.
Come lui, quasi tutti i personaggi di questo breve romanzo
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Lis
Jan 03, 2016 Lis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vedendo questo libricino di così poche pagine non mi aspettavo più di tanto, invece è stata una vera rivelazione.

Tralasciando la "spy-story" menzionata in quarta copertina e che fa solo da background del background, si tratta essenzialmente della storia di un'ossessione.

Non riesco a definirla una storia d'amore perchè è tutto immaginario, anche se poi ha conseguenze decisamente reali.
Un'ossessione che ha un uomo per una donna idealizzata che ad un certo punto incontra senza che lei lo sappia. Os
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Valissa
***The description listed is for a different book. An Israeli secret agent falls hopelessly in love with a young English girl. Utilizing his network of shady contacts and his professional expertise, he takes control of her life without ever revealing his identity. Minotaur, named Book of the Year in England in 1981, is a complex and utterly original story about a solitary man driven from one side of Europe to the other by his obsession.***

"I think we are not only a secret place but also a danger
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Ruben
Apr 11, 2011 Ruben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read this one about 20 years ago, I let the book to someone, and as expected it never came back, recently I bought it again, and started to read it, fearing if I should not like it this time, well I liked it a lot again, complex but strong characters, some history, a very playful management of time, and a couple of love stories on difficult times. For some reason every book regarding the Levantine cultures end up capturing me, I recommend it very much!
Bert
Mar 16, 2015 Bert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Secret agent in his forties falls for a teenager he sees on a bus, starts writing her anonymous letters and stalking her. Obviously she falls in love with him. Dude is broody, sends her some Mozart, refuses to hook up with her.
Michael Windle
Jan 11, 2015 Michael Windle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple story crashes to a close, and we’re treated to a fascinating tour through the life that makes his unreasonable obsession plausible.

Mysterious, meticulous and an easy read.

Don’t be put off by the spy thriller label. No rockets from headlights. Promise.
Leka
Dec 16, 2012 Leka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: israele, p
Colorare

Ho deciso di colorare una stella per ogni personaggio che racconta questa vicenda. E l'ultima per la Storia che le contiene tutte.
Troppo complicato (per me) giudicarlo altrimenti.
Paula
Mar 09, 2015 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant.
Francesco81
Oct 29, 2016 Francesco81 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Al giorno d'oggi ciò di cui scrive Tammuz in questo breve ma intenso romanzo si chiamerebbe "stalking". Nel 1980 invece lo scrittore israeliano ne fa una commovente storia d'amore.
Storia di una ossessione - quella di Aleksandr, agente segreto israeliano - fatta di poesia, musica, lettere, pedinamenti, che ben lungi da mettere l'amata - Thea - in fuga, la fanno innamorare, ne condizionano l'esistenza amorosa e la vita nella sua interezza. L'amore però resta a un livello puramente spirituale, non
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Nickyliba
Jan 01, 2017 Nickyliba rated it it was amazing
Ho comprato questo libro per caso, non sapevo ne il titolo ne la copertina, ma ero attiratta dalla frase che c'era scritto sopra: "Sono otto anni che leggo le tue lettere, ma a volte avrei voluto che tu non avessi mai cominciato a scrivermi. Ora vorrei che tu non smettessi mai.". All'inizio quando ho iniziato a leggerlo ero molto scettica, però man mano che andavo avanti rimanevo sempre più coinvolta e non vedevo l'ora di andare sempre più avanti. Mi è piacciuto un sacco il modo dell'autore di r ...more
Yuki Shimmyo
Disturbing, beautiful, suspenseful, fascinating, haunting. Translated from Hebrew.

An eye-scorching summer sun poured out its light onto the harbor wall of the city of his childhood and melted the air that hopped, skipped, and jumped to the sound of thousands of peddlers, thousands of record players in the cafes, thousands of voices rising by semitones and trilling guttural songs. The aroma of cardamom in the tiny cups of coffee, the smoke of hookahs bubbling up through jars of water wafted up an
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Ubiqua
Nov 24, 2014 Ubiqua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nonostante la sua reputazione, Il minotauro non è una spy story e non è una storia d’amore. È piuttosto un racconto a mosaico che prende svolte impreviste seguendo i suoi personaggi avanti e indietro nel tempo e nello spazio. La sua struttura originale e insolita aumenta la suspance, ma è anche sostenuta dall’ispirazione delle sue trame (si vedano i particolari sulla vita sessuale di G. R.) e dall’abilità con cui i punti di vista sono ribaltati. Il cerchio si chiude alla fine, dopo averci fatto ...more
Ben Shelef
I first read this book some 30(!) years ago, and I remember picking up pieces of my mind off the wall afterwards... At the time I also read "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and they resonated with each other. Spy books that have nothing to do with espionage.

I've been doing some re-reading lately...

So far (almost done...) the book is everything I remembered it to be. The translation (first read was in Hebrew) stumbles in the first few pages, but caused no long-lasting harm. It soon hits its groove, o
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Brian Kovesci
Feb 06, 2014 Brian Kovesci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The main plot is interesting which comes to play more now than it would have when this novel was first published; how two people can get to know each other intimately without ever having met face to face. With the popularity of Facebook, Twitter, Kik, WhatsApp, Grindr and all other social networking sites and apps it is now easier than ever in history to connect with complete strangers from the comfort of your own space. The main character in this story builds a relationship with a young woman b ...more
Alan
Nov 17, 2014 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't feel like it belongs under the inprint: World Noir: The Best of International Crime Fiction from Europa Editions. Not really clear whether a crime was committed. Fascinating motivational profile of the protagonist. From the endflap: "Only his own story, of a life conditioned by isolation, distrust and murder, can explain his devastating manupulation of the women he professes to love."

The middle section covering his parents and his growing up was worth the read itself. The following quote
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Toni
Jul 17, 2015 Toni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I was so excited for this book that I did not like it as much as I thought I would overall.
I really did enjoy most parts of it. Particularly the third chapter. The pov for the third chapter, as well as the story was very interesting to read. It was nice to see the entire story wrapped up so well in the end and although a lot of situations throughout were weird to read and even disturbing to read it didn't make me like the book any more or less. I just like stories I think and I had a go
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Sandra
Apr 11, 2013 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The promo blurbs on the book cover describe this book as a classic, somewhat along the lines of Camus' The Stranger. It does evoke a type of existential angst revolving around alienation, love, obsession, cultural identity, morality . . . . And while there are aspects of all of this, it also echoes some of Le Carre's best, early spy stories. The novel's structure consists of four independent stories, like novellas, each of which also refers to and connects in some way to the preceding stories. T ...more
Aaron Martz
A strange, hypnotic book about the obsession three men have for the same woman, and how it cripples their lives. The first three chapters are succinct and suspenseful. The fourth chapter, which makes up the last half of the book, is where I thought the book lost some ground, mired in the politics of the time. The book recovers at the end when everything and everyone is connected, but the connections are obvious and were already considered in the earlier chapters. The last paragraph, however, is ...more
Irene
Aug 27, 2010 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europa-editions, 2011
Some people may think it's creepy and scary to be loved (read: stalked) from afar by a Russo-German Mossad agent raised in Pre-Israel Palestine.

I think it's sweet and stirs the soul a bit. This love story reminds me of the old-timer love stories that one just doesn't see anymore. Like in "The English Patient" or "The End of the Affair" or "Romeo and Juliet". Oh wait. Those are all fiction. Hey, they all ended badly too. Shit. Maybe that kind of love just doesn't exist in this here reality of the
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Theut
May 30, 2012 Theut rated it liked it
3 stelle e 1/2.
All'inizio ho pensato che, se fosse andato avanti fino alla fine con lo scambio epistolare... mi sarei impiccata! I punti di vista (e le rispettive storie) dei protagonisti invece regalano una tridimensionalità al libro che me l'ha fatto piacere.
Quello che non mi è piaciuto (anche se la situazione è tristemente quotidiana) è che dietro all'ossessione amorosa (i.e. "Ti ho cercata da quando ho memoria di me") c'è una realtà meschinamente pragmatica... Alla fine il nostro agente segr
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Nicola
Sep 06, 2016 Nicola rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A love story or a creepy flirtation gone wrong??

The allure of a mystical secret agent that titillates his beau with occasional letters promising love and adoration seems to capture one young girls attention. But he is not a nice guy, he nevertheless manages to succeed in attracting her attention, the danger element no doubt. Thus the drama plays out.

Personally I would be calling the police not getting all dreamy about someone unknown stalking me!!

Intriguing story but you have to question the plo
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Laurie Hewett
Jul 28, 2015 Laurie Hewett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written in 1981, translated from the Hebrew in 1989, the same year the author died, this book is a perfectly crafted puzzle. It is un-put-down-able. Part spy novel/love story/international intrigue it embodies the big themes of the 20th century: alienation, nationhood, the search for love and acceptance. The protagonist is an enigma in many ways even to himself, let alone us. It's captivating and entertaining- read it!
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Benjamin Tammuz was born in Russia in 1919 and immigrated to Palestine with his family at the age of five. Tammuz was a sculptor as well as a diplomat, writer, and for many years, literary editor of the Ha'aretz newspaper. His numerous novels and short stories have received many literary prizes.
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