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Mein Name sei Gantenbein

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A stranger walks out of a bar and is later found dead at the wheel of his car. The narrator creates the story of this man -- or, rather, two stories, based on the two personae that he has imagined. One of these is named Enderlin; the other, Gantenbein.

Originally published as A Wilderness of Mirrors.
Paperback, 319 pages
Published 1998 by Suhrkamp (first published 1964)
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Nihidea
Okay, now that I have finished the book for the second time, I feel up to writing a review about it. Now I feel I have halfway captured what is even going on. Or not going on. Because, let’s face it, 95% of what is happening in this book is not even happening. Okay?

Wait, first things first. This book is amazing. I shit you not. It fascinated me every time over when I opened it withing a few sentences I was just baffled. Frisch’s writing style is incredible, and he manages to convey so many emoti
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Armin
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dl-1945f
Missratener Abschluss einer Trilogie

Der abschließende Teil einer Trilogie über Identität und Fiktion sollte wohl so etwas wie ein Schelmenroman werden, dergleichen kann sich eine Person des öffentlichen Lebens, die permanent das eigene Umfeld in der eigenen literarischen Produktion verwurstet, nicht wirklich leisten.
Zu allem Überfluss hatte Max Frisch mit Andorra auch noch die letzte Patrone aus seinem Magazin alias Tagebuch 1946-49 verschossen.

Da die nächstliegende Inspiration, insbesondere di
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Noah
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: switzerland
Ich habe zwei grundsätzliche Probleme mit dem Werk von Frisch:

1. Seine theoretisch artikulierte Distanz zur Sprache führt oft zu einer unnötig technischen Werkkonzeption, wobei die theoretischen Ideen den (oft interessanten) Inhalt in den Hintergrund treten lassen. Frisch strebt dabei wohl so etwas, wie den V-Effekt bei Brecht an. Scheitert aber damit m.E. sowohl im erzählerischen (z.B. hier bei "Gantenbein"), als auch im dramatischen (z.B. "Andorra").

2. Das große Thema von Frisch ist Identität,
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Bine
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mein erster Max Frisch.
Vielleicht nicht der ideale Einstieg, aber dennoch wahnsinnig interessant und beeindruckend!
Ich habe schon so einige Romane gelesen, die auf den ersten, und wahrscheinlich auch auf den zweiten und dritten, keine konsistente Handlung aufweisen, aber Max Frisch hat es als erster Autor geschafft, dass ich trotzdem die "Geschichte" gerne weiterverfolgen wollte. Trotz der ständigen Illusionsdurchbrechung hat mich das ganze nicht losgelassen und ich war auf den Ausgang gespannt.
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ნინო კერესელიძე
იყო აგვისტოს ხვატში გაფაციცებით წაკითხული ეს და ასეთი მერე აღარაფერი ყოფილა..


Inga
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sz-bibliothek
Habe ich dieses Buch verstanden? Ich weiß es nicht.
Habe ich dieses Buch gern gelesen? Ich glaube nicht.
Bin ich froh dieses Buch gelesen zu haben? Nun ja, ein Roman mehr von einem der großen Nachkriegsautoren, ein Aspekt mehr zu Frisch nach Biedermann, Homo Faber und den Andorranern. Am Ende denkt sich der Protagonist wieder mal auf ein Schiff, lechzt einer viel zu jungen Frau hinterher, die Lila heißt und irgendwie erfunden oder auch nicht ist und am Ende Pingpong spielt wie die Tochter des Homo
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Tiko Kopaliani
ამ წიგნის დამთავრებას ვუძღვნი ვარდოსა და თანდექსას, რომელთაც არასდროს დაუკარგავთ ჩემი რწმენა
Bern
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stephan Frank
Schon klar, ausserordentlich gut komponiert.
Und ganze Passagen koennten locker als Lehrmaterial par excellence in einem
Kurs zur Analyse der Sprachgewandheit Frischs Einzug halten.

Allerdings musste ich feststellen, dass ich nach laengeren Leseabschnitten doch recht
ermuedet war -- offenbar hat mich die Thematik dann doch nicht ganz so gefesselt.
J.M. Hushour
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frisch is one of those authors that you always run and try to convince people to read, but who is infuriatingly difficult to define. Thus, ultimately you fail to convince because you don't have a convenient pigeonhole to shove him into. That is part of his charm. Forgotten or at the least overlooked to a criminal degree, his musings on identity and the fictional layerings that are part and parcel, and almost obligatory, as part of being human in a world of ever-shifting parameters and definition ...more
notgettingenough
Mar 10, 2012 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-lit
I want to trust my judgement and that's putting me between a rock and a hard place.

The rock is my respect for Frisch: if he wrote it, I'm going to read it.

The hard place is my 'arrggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh, it's an experimental novel. Even worse, it's an anti-novel. Stop it, stop reading it right now.'

I bought two books this morning I'd really like to start on...but first I'm going to pick this up again for the first time in a week.

I'm up to page -

? Does it matter in a book like this? Page somewhere.
Oto Bakradze
“ყოველი კაცი ადრე თუ გვიან თხზავს ისტორიას, რომელსაც თავის ცხოვრებად თვლის, ერთ ან რამდენიმე ისტორიას ერთად”.
Rochu
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hacía bastante que no leía un libro que me fascinara tanto como éste. Meses que esperaba llegar a una novela que me diera ganas de no soltarla, que me hiciera abrirla desde el segundo en el que encontraba un asiento en el colectivo, que me enojara tener que cerrar cuando llegara a mi destino. Y finalmente llegué, en una experiencia nueva, siendo que es un libro del que no había escuchado nunca por un autor que jamás sentí nombrar y que compré por impulso pensando en regalarlo en base a "autores ...more
hcelvis
Was soll man dazu sagen? Max Frisch schreibt besonders, bedacht, kunstvoll, schöne Sätze, manchmal, oft aber auch abgehackt, für sich schön, stimmungsvoll, man kann Gedankengängen folgen, manchmal auch nicht, aber selbst dann ist es meist insofern nachvollziehbar, dass die Gedanken eines Menschen springen können. Gantenbein ist literarische Kunst, auf jeden Fall.
Leider aber fehlt mir der rote Faden, 300 solche Seiten sind nicht nur anstrengend, sondern auch mehr und mehr langweilig. Tatsächlich
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Seth
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The English translation of my review appears below.

„Mein Name sei Gantenbein“ von Max Frisch handelt von alternativen Szenarien eines Lebens. Was geschähe, wenn man eine fundamentale andere Entscheidung über den Lebensweg treffen würde.

Die Hauptfigur, ein Schweizer Akademiker namens Enderlin, nutzt einen Autounfall, um als Blinder eine alternative Existenz zu suchen, diesmal als Gantenbein, der sich mit einem Blindenstock, einer schwarzen Brille und einer Armenbinde ausstattet. So erklärt sich
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Juliane
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swiss, favourites, 1960s
I have to admit, that this one is definitely my favourite book by Max Frisch. Gantenbein continues to explore the uneasy fascination with problems of personal identity, a topic which you can find in all of Max Frisch's novels. The narrative architecture of Gantenbein is manifestly chaotic. But that doesn't matter. The narrative perspective shifts periodically between the unnamed third person to any one of three named first person narrators, sometimes within a single sentence. I loved most the ro ...more
Marie
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dont know what to think. I hated it. I loved it. At times i was so bored i didnt want to pick it up again. At times i was so caught up in the story that i couldnt put it down.

I didnt understand for very long what was going on, at some point i gave in to it and just exacpted my confusion. It times i felt like this is one of the most important books i have ever read, that had so much to say.

In the end i think its a story about love. Not the hollywood-lovestory-cliché kind of love, but the real
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Patrick
I was enjoying this for about the first 200 pages, but then got pretty bogged down and eventually stopped caring what happened to these characters. I like Frisch, but this one is just too damned long. I still gave it 3 cuz there's plenty of his gems on human nature.
Daria
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recimo da mi je ime Gantenbein, Max Frisch
(Zora, Zagreb 1970., s njemačkog prevelar Mignon Mihaljević)

Gantenbein se odluči praviti da je slijep, u namjeri da ljude doživi na drugačiji, iskreniji način, jer smatra da se ljudi pred sljepoćom slabije prikrivaju. Od kada je oslijepio, Gantebain “vidi” puno više nego što je vidio “zdravim očima” jer “sljepoća ne može zaslijepiti”, sljepilo naime ne dolazi izvana.
Ima sljepoća dakako i svojih prednosti, možeš recimo ne vidjeti račune, imati “šesto čul
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Elías Fernández
Lo tedioso no le quita lo increíble. Puedo entender por qué este autor fue uno de los más valorados de la primera mitad del siglo XX y también por qué hoy en día no lo juna nadie. Lo que hizo fue re-experimentado un montón de veces por quienes le siguieron. Lectura recomendada.
Sini
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Max Frisch was een grootheid, die volgens veel mensen de Nobelprijs had moeten krijgen, en in 2013 las ik met veel plezier zijn prachtboeken "Stiller", "Homo Faber" en "Dagboek 1946-1949" (zie recensies). Nu heb ik dan "Gantenbein" gelezen, ook met veel plezier, ondanks de wat houterige vertaling. Wat een heerlijk sprankelende en tegendraadse schrijver was die Frisch toch! En hoe origineel en stimulerend!

In het prachtige "Stiller" roept de hoofdpersoon ons toe "Ik ben Stiller niet", en schotelt
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Pratum
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


"Tinklainė apsaugo nuo nuojautos, kurią mumyse sukelia beveik kiekvienas garsas, ir nuo laiko; matosi, ką dabar rodo laikrodis ana ten Sankt Peteryje, o laikrodžiai visada rodo dabartį."

"Gantenbainui palengvėja kaskart pagalvojus, kad iš tikrųjų jis ne aklas; pypkės skonis būtų kitoks, jei nematytum dūmų, kartus, slopinantis kaip tabletė ar injekcija, bet nelinksmas."

"Moterys niekada iki galo nepatiki jo aklumu, kas joms raištis, moterys jaučia pakaušiu, kai į jas žiūrima."

"Kiekvienas žmogus ank
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Insomniac
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
„Fiecare din noi suferim de propriul rol, cu care luptăm permanent și din care nu vom fi niciodată capabili să evadăm.”-Max Rudolf Frisch
Una dintre cele mai halucinante cărţi pe care le-am citit. Un roman despre posibilităţiile infinite ale creaţiei literare, o introducere în labirintul multidimensional corespondent minţii unui creator existenţialist. Gantenbein constituie proiecţia ipotetică a unui personaj care se preface orb, reprezentând un ghid turistic prin lumea haotică creată de demiurgu
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Anthony Pollmann
Dies war höchstwahrscheinlich eines der undurchschaubarsten Romane (wenn man es etwa so nennen darf; einige kommen ja mit "Anti-Roman" und sonst noch was) das ich gelesen habe. Nur etwa 280 Seiten lang und doch nie leicht zu lesen, immer musste ich mich mental vorbereiten bis ich wieder zu ihm greifen konnte, ist er trotz all diesem ein grossartiger Roman; auch wenn ich wahrscheinlich nur 30% verstanden habe. Frischs Beschreibungen des Alltags, des Alterns, der Liebe, der Langeweile des modernen ...more
Manuela
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that feelings wise, anyone could find himself in some of the situations in this book. I liked how insightful and close to reality the depictions of human relationships were. 400 pages of analyzing situations, appearances, reactions, angles, perspectives of the actors involved, tiny changes of choices that might affect entire future stories - it made me wonder: what is actually real in what we perceive? Are we always making up stories?
I cannot rate this book. I can't say I liked it. It di
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Donald
Jan 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah shit! The spine broke when someone walked into me on the subway the other day... now the brittle pulp pages are peeling off when I turn them... if anyone out there has a copy of Gantenbein (very hard to find a decent used copy of this and it is out of print as far as I know) and or Montauk as well, to trade or sell please drop me a note.
Traian
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exploring several alternatives, with different characters who may be the same or connected, but it is not clear. Interesting exploratory book, relevant for readers who love modernism and new literary experiences. However for the logician in me, the book was too weakly connected, although I appreciates its multitude of voices.
Mailin
Nov 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
gutes buch, aber keine einfache lektüre! Wer Frisch mag, dem gefällt auch dieses Buch! Ich persönlich bevorzuge aber Homo Faber und Andorra. "Mein Name sei Gantenbein" ermöglicht es dem/der LeserIn den Mensch einmal "anders" kennenzulernen, ich könnte jedoch unmittelbar nach dem Lesen den Inhalt nicht wiedergeben.
Evgeniy Lapin
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Отличнейшая ядерная смесь Борхеса, Ремарка и Набокова.
Дерзкая попытка ниспровержения тезиса о том, что история не терпит сослагательного наклонения.
Плюс лютое количество хорошо прописанной ванили на страницу текста.
Nana Ashadze
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ერთი ცხოვრება რომ არ გყოფნის, ბევრი სხვადასხვა რომ გინდა გამოცადო, თან საკუთარი თავი იპოვო, მაშინ იქცევი თუნდაც განტენბაინად, ან ვერ იქცევი.
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Max Rudolph Frisch was born in 1911 in Zurich; the son of Franz Bruno Frisch (an architect) and Karolina Bettina Frisch (née Wildermuth). After studying at the Realgymnasium in Zurich, he enrolled at the University of Zurich in 1930 and began studying German literature, but had to abandon due to financial problems after the death of his father in 1932. Instead, he started working as a journalist a ...more

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