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De halfbroer

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  1,573 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Scenarioschrijver Barnum Nilsen bezoekt met zijn vriend en manager Peder het filmfestival in Berlijn. Terwijl Peder deals probeert te sluiten, geeft Barnum zich in zijn hotel over aan zijn drankzucht. Ontmoetingen met filmproducenten gaat hij liever uit de weg. Het bericht dat zijn verdwenen halfbroer Fred na jaren weer is thuisgekomen, ontketent zijn verteldrang. Een werv ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by De Geus (first published 2001)
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Tea Jovanović
Sjajan roman sa zlosrećnom sudbinom u Srbiji... Najpre sam ja kupila prava za Narodnu knjigu i napustila ih pre objavljivanja knjige... Onda je vlasnik prava zbog neplaćanja oduzeo prava NK i dao ih drugom malom izdavaču koji nije imao snagu da je marketinški isprati kako treba... Toplo je preporučujem... Skandinavci imaju sjajnu književnost...
Felice
Just about the time when Scandinavian mystery novels were starting to set the world on fire, a regular old non-mystery and therefore under the radar Norwegian novel, The Half Brother was published here in the U.S. This wonderfully chubby (really it's uber chubby at almost 800 pages) novel, winner of the 2001 Nordic Prize, is the story of 4 generations of an extended Norwegian family. The Oslo's are a family of drunks, con-artists, mutes and charmers all able to stumble through life seemingly onl ...more
João Carlos

Lars Saabye Christensen (n. 1953)

“Meio-Irmão” do norueguês Lars Saabye Christensen (n. 1953) é uma história assombrosa de quatro gerações de uma singular família norueguesa – numa narrativa filtrada pela mente de Barnum Nilsen.
A história que tem início em 1945, no final da 2º Guerra Mundial, na cidade de Oslo, é narrada por Barnum, o membro mais novo da família Nilsen, em que ficamos a conhecer Vera, a sua mãe, Boletta, a sua avó, e a “Velha”, a sua bisavó; três mulheres, com relações mútuas ine
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Кремена Михайлова
Още една хубава норвежка книга. Много се радвам, че я прочетох (първа среща с автора). Когато я взех от библиотеката, изобщо не бях сигурна, че ще я започна и завърша. Но реших да пробвам и на първите страници разбрах, че ще се чете (не винаги ми се четат 730 страници).

Още в началото ме заинтригува – първо с особеното описание на „случая“ с Вера и изобщо на трите жени – внучка, дъщеря, баба, а по-късно с препратките към сънародника на Кристенсен - Кнут Хамсун. При появата на Арнолд като възрасте
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Manny

Terrific novel about failure. Some of the scenes will stay with you for ever... I promise you will not be able to look at a discus again in the same way. I don't really know Norwegian, but I persevered and got through it in the original. He has a wonderful style.
Lorenzo Berardi
This is an astonishing and generally underrated novel set up in post World War II Oslo.
Before the discovering of oil in the North Sea. Before Statoil came. Before Norway became a rich and wealthy country.

The Half Brother may be considered the Norwegian answer to "The Tin Drum".
Lars Saabye Christensen is masterful in narrating the growth of the two brothers Barnum and Fred (the last one meaning "peace" in Norwegian). The dislessical, pugnacious Fred is a marvellous negative character who takes h
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Kaloyana Slavova
Една голяма книга във всеки смисъл на думата. Голяма книга, за голямото, трудно, тъжно и тежко нещо наречено живот. Онзи, който може понякога и да ни радва.



Но радостта рядко е щастлива. Животът не е само големи шапки и бавни валсове. Животът е умението да чакаш онези, които никога няма да се върнат.

Да чакаш напразно е като да отложиш живота.

Едно нещастие винаги води до друго. Това е съдба. Като зараза е.

Смъртта е лоша реклама за един цирк.

Няма нищо такова като пълно щастие и именно затова хорат
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annik
Она затворяется в молчании и остаётся нема ещё восемь месяцев и тринадцать дней. «Только не забудь выпустить голубя» были её последними словами.

С этой фразы началось мое восхождение на гору по имени «Полубрат». Весом в семьсот страниц, длиной в два с половиной месяца и двумя записями в библиотечной карточке.
Взявшись за эту книгу, я была воодушевлена, да и Nordisk Råds litteraturpris — это не хухры-мухры. После первых десяти-двадцати страниц мне захотелось закрыть книгу и больше никогда не откры
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Anne
Considered by some a masterpiece, this book is tough-sledding to read. Huge in pages, it chronicles the disjointed activities of one very eccentric Norwegian family over several decades, beginning with a rape in 1945. The epicenter of the Nilsen family hurricane is the passive, yet taut relationship between the two half-brothers, Fred and Barnum (who is also the narrator). The book is often chronologically incoherent, and frequently borders on the surreal. However, there is a tension that compel ...more
Thea
Кристенсен пише тази книга десет години. Аз я чета два пъти.

Първият път съм на шестнайсет. Опознавам я цялата за няколко дни, разполовени между малката ми детска стая с плаката на Париж над леглото и едно море край Варна. Барнум Нилсен ми обяснява много неща. Заобичвам го. (Това е и времето, когато независимо от книгата започвам да се научавам да пропуквам света си. Често по грозен начин.)

Вторият път. Сега. Няколко бавни седмици между август и септември, докато лятото се претопява в дъжд. Прегръ
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Jim Hale
It appears Lars Saabye is quite a big deal in Norway. He commands enough respect to receive accolades on a good many "Great Norwegian Novels" lists and The Half Brother is usually recognized as his best. One reviewer compares The Half Brother to Joyce and Proust. I'd say it's actually much closer to The World According to Garp and The Confederacy of Dunces and I couldn't help thinking that if this book had been submitted by a first-time author it would have been rejected out of hand or at least ...more
Issicratea
I have a distinct penchant for long novels (in the last six months, I have read The Luminaries and The Goldfinch and reread Middlemarch), but I’m not sure I ever remember reading a novel that felt quite as long as The Half-Brother. By the end I felt as if I had lived through the childhood and adolescence of the protagonist, Barnum Nilsen, in real time.

That’s not at all to suggest that I didn’t enjoy this novel. It’s an easy and pleasant read for the most part, and often very striking, though it
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Monica Co
Major themes here are fraternal love and friendship; the story takes place in Oslo (Norway) between 1945 and late 70s, within a family which goes through a series of dramas that statistically are not likely to happen in a single household.

Overall, I liked the characters, but I found the story too unrealistic. But the thing that annoyed me was the writing style, that I found too wordy and prolix. Even minor details are depicted with a depth that I found sometime irritating.

If the author had kept
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Stine
On every page this writer creates hope and believe in my heart. And because of this I could never be sure, even though I knew from the first page. I loved it!
Michael Potter
[This review originally appeared in Issue #12 of "The Cambridge Book Review."]

Winner of the 2002 Nordic Prize for Literature, Lars Saabye Christensen's epic about a Norwegian family living in Oslo in the wake of Nazi occupation, has achieved major critical acclaim and commercial success wherever it has been published. Having conquered more than twenty countries to date, Christensen's The Half Brother (translated from the Norwegian by Kenneth Steven) is now poised to take North America in true Vi
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Hannah Cecilie Brænden
Skildringer som er så enkle men som sier så mye, alt er svevende og drømmende og ekte. En bok der alt står mellom linjene. Hvis jeg skulle skrevet en bok skulle jeg skrevet den akkuratt som denne.
Bookaholic
Romanul ăsta este o saga nordică în toată puterea cuvântului, un pic de bildungsroman, un pic de roman de căutare, cu influențe și elemente împrumutate din literatura americană (nu e de mirare acum că a avut succes și-n America, nu?), o carte de un realism (culmea!) plin de mister, crud, sfâșietor, îmbibat de suferințe, întâmplări absurde, dar și fericite, de pendulări între absențe și prezențe, presărat cu multe pasaje încărcate de umor. Aș zice că e ca-n viață, dar e mai mult de-atât.

Lucrurile
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Anila
Sep 24, 2010 Anila marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A birthday gift from my Norwegian exchange student sister, who is the best sister this only child could ask for.
But.
This book.
This is not a novel.
This is a gorram BRICK.
This is a DOORSTOPPER.
And it looks intense and depressing and holy cripe, it's going to take me ages with school and all.
Perhaps I'll spend one of my breaks curled up in a closet with a flashlight and no interruptions and get through it?
Else it's going to be eons before I finish it.
Christoffer
Christensen tegner et godt bilde av en familie på femti-tallet. Stemningen er god, man simpelthen kjenner lukten av tørkeloft og gamle vegger, og bildene Christensen maler er klare som krystall. Likevel er historien mangelfull på viktige punkter. Hva er det egentlig Christensen ønsker å fortelle? Hvor er det han vil? Historien vikles inn i tråder som sant nok gir romanen liv, men som likevel dekker til den røde tråden.
Ingrid Verschelling
De Halfbroer
van de Noorse auteur Lars Saabye Christensen is het verhaal van de twee halfbroers Fred en Barnum. De verteller van het verhaal heet Barnum. Die naam vond de dominee zo raar, dat hij hem niet wilde dopen. Maar Barnum’s vader heeft een goede reden voor zijn keus. Als jonge man verliet hij zijn huis op de Lofoten en ging werken bij een circus. Hier leerde hij van de circusdirecteur een grote wijsheid: Barnum maakte de wereld tot zijn circus. Hij wilde de wereld laten lachen en laten da
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Nate Hile
This is easily the best novel I've read in recent memory. The characters are incredibly well developed. The prose manages to be simultaneous economical and poetic, filled with marvelous images and vivid description. This is an amazingly skillfully written book. It is quite a long novel, at just under 700 pages. It actually took me longer to finish than any of George R.R. Martin's notoriously lengthy ASOIAF series, but that is because the writing was so incredible I took my time to savor every bi ...more
Bára Bryndís
Þrátt fyrir frábæran stíl nær þessi bók ekki til mín. Líklega mest vegna þess að ég kann oft illa að meta sögur sagðar frá sjónarhorni barna en eins er einhver ósannur tónn í þessari bók. Einhver tilgerð. En mun samt klára :-)
Jenny Sparrow
Мучила долго. Местами затягивало, местами отвращало. Про детство героев читать было интересно, но взрослые главы эффект "убили". В общем, книга оставила смутные ощущения.
Gail Francis
This is a long book about a man who, shockingly enough, finds himself very interesting. It's a bit like Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, so if you enjoy that sort of self-obsession, it might be up your alley. If you aren't particularly fond of rapists you might find the first million pages of the book a big galling (okay, probably 300 pages, I don't remember when the irascible rapist finally dies). The final 150 pages or so (out of 800) are actually pretty good, with some interesting twists ...more
Karoline Roald
One of my favorite books of all time!!
Anna
Я свято уверена, что про «Полубрата» можно сказать либо очень много, либо очень мало. Иного, на мой взгляд, не дано. Масштабный размер и размах происходящего в этой скандинавской саге располагает к размышлениям, но сковывает руки тяжестью своих событий и обстановки.

«Полубрат» - это, вкратце, повествование о семье, о двух единокровных братьях: Барнуме и Фреде. Один из них ребенок рожденный в некотором подобие холодной скандинавской любви, второй же - дитя чердачного насилия. Удивительно, наскольк
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Elsje
Ik heb genoten van dit boek, het staat voor mij nu al hoog in mijn top van 2004 (en dat in de eerste week van januari!). De stijl en de personages deden met wel wat aan John Irving denken, en in de gauwigheid zag ik dat ik niet de enige was met die associatie. En als het boksen van Fred worstelen was geweest, helemaal!

Voor mij was het begin echt worstelen, ik had de grootste moeite met die zuiplap en hoogst irritante Barnum. Maar vanaf het moment dat hij terugging in de tijd, naar de verkrachtin
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Alana
About 150 pages before I reached the end of this book, I had texted my boyfriend to let him know how much I was disliking the main character of the book I was reading, and he responded with, "That's an interesting decision for an author to make, don't you think? To force the reader to follow some asshole around for 400 pages or whatever it is," and that was my experience of reading this book in a nutshell. I had felt bad for Barnum for a majority of his childhood, and hoped that he would improve ...more
Сhristie ♥
Перегорнути обкладинку і почати все знову, з першого рядка. Але спершу глибокий вдих і видих.

Це жива книжка. Вона розкривається з кожною сторінкою як бутон і затягує в свій реальний, такий інтимний світ, в саме коріння. Вона як вітер на Ресті, заставляє опускати очі додолу і часом збиває з ніг або ж піднімає сильними шквалами до неба. Твоя шкіра, наче аркуш паперу, втягує запах "Малаги", твої спогади перетворюються на валізу з аплодисментами, а твої губи, обсохлі від віру і непромовлених слів, б
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Lars Saabye Christensen is a gifted storyteller, a narrator who is imaginative, but equally down to earth. His realism alternates between poetic image and ingenious incident, conveyed in supple metropolitan language and slang that never smacks of the artificial or forced. His heroes possess a good deal of self-irony. Indeed, critics have drawn parallels with the black humour of Woody Allen. But be ...more
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“We do not disappear without a trace. We leave a wake that never quite disappears, a gash in time that we so laboriously leave behind us.” 6 likes
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