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Maine

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Saksankielisen kirjallisuuden tunnustetun tähden Daniel Kehlmannin Maine on kertomuskokoelman muotoon kirjoitettu oivaltava romaani. Teos käsittelee indentiteetin ongelmaa ja kierrättää henkilöitä kertomuksesta toiseen eri painotuksin. Esimerkiksi kertomuksen "Ääniä" päähenkilö Ebling saa vahingossa kännykkänumerokseen kuuluisan näyttelijän Ralf Tannerin yksityisnumeron ja ...more
Hardcover, Keltainen kirjasto, 175 pages
Published 2011 by Tammi (first published January 16th 2009)
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Pantelis
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A set of interconnected tales about post-modern alienation… Existential nightmares for the age of mobile phones, the internet and metafiction… Updated versions of Gogol’s Inspector General , Poe’s William Wilson, Dostoyevsky’s The Double, Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Bowles' The Sheltering Sky, Roth’s Zuckerman… Literature about virtual reality… Literature about literature as virtual reality…
Alexandra
May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extrem innovative Idee neun Kurzgeschichten derart zu präsentieren, dass die Nebenfiguren der einen Geschichte die Hauptfigur in einer anderen Geschichte bilden. So muss man sich nicht ständig auf völlig Neues umstellen und aus dem gesamten Buch wird doch tatsächlich so was wie ein Roman, der aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven erzählt wird. Dieses Konzept hat mir außerordentlich gut gefallen, genauso wie die Inhalte der Geschichten, teilweise völlig lapidare Ereignisse, die jedem von uns passier ...more
Sophie VERStand
Kehlmanns Konzept, einen Roman in neun Einzelgeschichten zu porträtieren und jeweils Nebenfiguren der ersten Geschichte zu Hauptfiguren der Folgegeschichten zu machen, fand ich sehr großartig. Dadurch entsteht für mich allerdings kein stringentes Romankonzept, so ist's wohl auch gewollt.
Jedes Einzelteil greift Elemente der vorigen auf, so geht es beispielsweise oft um Tod, eine Reise, Ängste, schwierige Beziehungen und das Ausbrechen aus dem eigenen Leben, um jemand anderes zu werden.
Leider gefi
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Mark Hebwood
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german
I do not often give 5 stars to a book, but this one impressed me.

Daniel presents his material in nine interlinked brief stories. Often, the links between the stories are embedded in one fictional "layer", and we encounter the main character of one story as a side character in another, and vice versa. This device, in the way I read the novel, created an effect as if I (the reader) was empowered to look at an event, or the personality of a character, in two ways. When I encountered a character as
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Jenni
Jan 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
1) "Stimmen": kreative Geschichte mit Hang zur Kritik an der Informationsgesellschaft, erinnert mich an Poetry Slam, 4 Sterne

2) "In Gefahr": konventionelle Story, Klischee-Charaktere (der immer-depressive, unselbstständige Autor, an seiner Seite die starke, im Leben stehende Entwicklungshelferin). 1 Stern

3) "Rosalie geht sterben": Wechselspiel zwischen Handlungs- und Metaebene, Story leider etwas konventionell geraten (Sterbehilfe ist irgendwie ein ausgelutschtes Thema), 2 Sterne

4) "Der Ausweg"
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Petya
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stories about stories, but this one I liked.

I think of myself as short story intolerant, because I have a hard time getting and keeping a feeling about a plot, and if it's a short one, there are usually lots of missing pieces too, so it gets even more confusing... horrible. On the other hand, if it turns out to be a good short story, I feel too lousy when it ends so quickly.

But these stories are joined together. Not only are there interrelations among their protagonists, but they are also inse
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Katie
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book contains 9 short stories based on the theme of known-ness. Beyond that central theme, the stories have nothing in common with each other except that the characters from one might name-drop characters from another, or in at least one case, claim to run into another character. All the stories have a somewhat melancholy tone to them.

While the first story interested and amused me greatly, I became less and less interested as the book went on. The bleak tone became too weighty, as I started
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Martina
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kehlmann's "Fame" is absolutely brilliant. First off, the idea is superb. I'm a sucker for both unusual premises and unusual compositions, and it's no wonder I liked the book so much. The idea of a novel consisting of stories is not overly employed, so it felt like a breath of fresh air in my usual reading menu. I loved how the protagonists of each story are linked to each other, so loosely and finely, but you are squealing with delight while you are uncovering the connection. And that, I daresa ...more
Vanessa
the ending was good again. im gonna have to think about the rating. :D it's structurally a bit like cloud atlas, but less authentic and more meta.
(and its also somehow got this melancholy tone that im not sure i like. like its so easy to do that. why not make it more humoristic? i guess i just like deep stuff disguised behind a layer of humor and wish it was done more)
(but i think that's just not kehlmann's thing? and its ok)
(so i didnt end up liking all the stories but like two or three of them
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Patrick
Jul 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Beliebig.
oder:
Literatur für Anfänger.
oder:
Ach wirklich?!
oder:
Ich hab's verstanden, und ich bin froh drüber.
oder:
Schreibt der jetzt ECHT über Coelho?
oder:
und.
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Daniel Kehlmann is a German-Austrian author.

His novel Measuring the World was translated into more than forty languages. Awards his work has received include the Candide Prize, the Literature Prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heimito von Doderer Literature Award, the Kleist Prize, the WELT Literature Prize, and the Thomas Mann Prize. Kehlmann divides his time between Vienna and Berlin.
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“People who have experienced nothing love to tell stories while people who have experienced a great deal suddenly have no stories to tell at all.” 19 likes
“It's precisely the sense that we're different that makes us so banal.” 16 likes
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