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Buzz Aldrin, waar ben je gebleven?

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Mattias is geboren in 1969, in de nacht van de eerste maanlanding. Om preciezer te zijn: op het moment dat Buzz Aldrin zijn voet in het maanstof zette. Buzz Aldrin is Mattias" grote idool. Een man die belangrijk werk deed, maar in de aangename schaduw van Neil Armstrong kan leven. Precies het onopvallende leven dat Mattias zelf voor ogen heeft.Als zijn relatie strandt, bes ...more
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Published October 31st 2006 by Podium (first published 2005)
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Chik67
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finisce sempre, dopo, che mi scordo il motivo vero per cui leggo.
Abituato ad apprezzare lo stile, godere le trame, empatizzare con i personaggi scordo sempre tutto. Fino a quando non vado a sbattere di nuovo in un libro che mi infila una mano dentro e mi strizza come un calzino bagnato, e mi obbliga a far finta di dover andare al bagno per leggere di nascosto un'altra pagina, mi fa arrivare tardi ad un appuntamento di lavoro perché non mi volevo staccare dal libro. Ma non perché voglio vedere co
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Lorenzo Berardi
What I like and dislike at the same time in modern Norwegian literature is the straight and essential style used by young novelists such as Erlend Loe and Frode Grytten. It's a kind of writing that is a thousand miles away from most of the Italian literature I like.

Where Italian authors try to be impressive at any rate using a rich style and many cultural influences even in referring to extreme situations, Norwegian novelists don't seem to care. I mean, they simply put themselves in the shoes of
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switterbug (Betsey)
Mattias, the narrator and protagonist of this melancomic, bittersweet story, is a Norwegian on the cusp of thirty in 1999. He is a brokenhearted gardener and music lover whose prospects are looking dim. Mattias has always wanted to be as anonymous as possible for as long as possible. A cog in a wheel. His hero is Buzz Aldrin, the astronaut who was the more experienced pilot but whose fame paled in the shadow of Neil Armstrong. His backup hero is Steve Martin--especially the sad sack roles that M ...more
Hanneke
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ik had het gevoel dat Mattias in een lange monoloog tegen me aan zat te kletsen en geen zin had daar ooit mee op te houden. Het voelde alsof hij dat echt alleen maar tegen mij deed en dat was heel knap gedaan van Johan Harstad. Ik moet eerlijk bekennen dat het me allemaal ietsje teveel werd tegen het einde van het boek en dat ik mijn geduld begon te verliezen, maar het boek heeft zeker heel prachtige en ontroerende momenten.
Marc
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Intriguing book. The writing style is very direct, very minimalistic-descriptive, quite naked and that is not my thing. The main character Mattias is equally colourless: he is deliberately very passive and wants to be invisible (his idol is the second man on the Moon, Buzz Aldrin), he let’s life slip past him, but nevertheless he hits a heavy identity crisis; if you ask me, that is a rather forced story. And finally there is the authentic, but terrible landscape of the Faroe Islands, where Matti ...more
A.E. Shaw
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012

The best book I've read this year, and in the top ten of books I have ever read. The English title is 'Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?'

Sometimes you come across things that are like looking at a bit of your own heart in a mirror. This is one of those things.

The thing it reminded me of most is the Icelandic film, Englar alheimsins, possibly because it deals with mental health and the very northern bits of Europe, but also because of its focus on mundanity and detail, and
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Gunnhild
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norwegian
As all the reviews says, a book about being number two. but as well great description of feeling rootless, how coincidences makes you end up somewhere and the artto make your own life. And how an imporant role time and proximity plays in relations between people.

Have to show two passages (in norwegian):
an example of simple but great comparisons:
“Jeg tenkte på ting jeg hadde lest. At den som skal dø, mister sansene i minuttene før. En etter en. Først smakssansen, senere evnen til å lukte. Så fors
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Nathalie
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dit is een schitterende roman over een jonge man die zo graag tweede wil zijn, in de schaduw van anderen wil leven en geen sporen wil nalaten, uit zelfbescherming en eigenbelang, en die je doet nadenken over het leven.

Mattias is geboren op het moment dat Neil Armstrong en vooral ook Buzz Aldrin de eerste en de tweede man op de maan waren. Buzz is zijn grote held, en hij leest alles over de maanlanding en de ruimte wat er te vinden is. Hij leest ook heel veel over andere mensen die op andere vla
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Lori
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
from publisher

Read 8/25/12 - 9/8/12
4 Stars - Strongly Recommended to those who prefer coming in second
Pgs: 471
Publisher: Seven Stories

Johan Harstad's novel had been lingering on my bookshelves for over a year. Though I cannot recall whether it was a copy I requested or one that was simply sent for review from Seven Stories, there it sat, patient, unassuming, and content, waiting for me to find a reason to pick it up.

And a reason found me on August 25th, in the form of tweets that alerted me to t
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Marica
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Prodotto giovanilistico glorificato da Iperborea
A me questo libro è sembrato un compito a casa, scritto diligentemente ma senza sapere bene dove andare a parare, cose che succedono quando si deve scrivere qualcosa ma non si hanno le idee chiare e certamente non il mestiere.
L’inizio è interessante, il protagonista un ragazzo che ha il coraggio di seguire i propri ritmi interiori senza sentirsi obbligato a fare come gli altri. Il suo idolo è Buzz Aldrin, l’astronauta che non fece il primo passo s
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Richard Derus
Rating: 2.5* of five

The Book Report: A stream-of-consciousness first novel recounting nineteen years in the life of Mattias, the kid who never wanted to be seen or heard. He got his wish all his life long, except that it cost him the love and affection of two women, the fame that could've changed his life had he pursued his talent for singing, and landed him in the tender clutches of a mental institution in the Faeroe Islands. There is a happy ending.

My Review: Without a doubt, the worst title i
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Maria
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeg vet ikke hva jeg skal si. Takk fyrir, Johan.
Christian, Kelanth, Scala
"Che ne è stato di te, Buzz Aldrin?" è il primo romanzo di Johan Harstad, pubblicato in Norvegia nel 2005 ed in Italia nel 2008, dalla Iperborea di Milano, la nota casa editrice che porta presso di noi moltissimi autori del nord europa. È stato un libro di grande successo, tradotto in numerose lingue e pubblicato in molti paesi del mondo. A me è stato consigliato come sempre dalle ragazze dell'Iperborea durante la mia visita annuale al Salone del Libro di Torino; anche questa volta, consiglio az ...more
Paolo Gianoglio
"Ma non volevo essere d’intralcio. A quelli che volevano stare in prima fila, visibili a tutti: niente di male, onore a gloria a quelli che osano, a quelli che non mollano mai (…). Solo che io non avevo nessun bisogno di farmi vedere, di sentirmi dire quanto ero bravo. Perché sapevo benissimo quanto lo ero."
In un mondo di protagonisti, in un mondo in cui apparire è l’unico obiettivo, in cui essere qualcuno o qualcosa è importante solo se c’è un pubblico, questa è la strana storia di un protagoni
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Laura
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? is a book about nothing much. Just about a life slowly unfolding and a talent unused. Just about a life spinning out of control as fast and as quietly as a rocket orbiting the moon. It’s a book about the distance we have to travel in order to make relationships work. It’s a book about the footprints we leave behind and the untamed territory ahead; like the first step on the moon.
Twenty-nine-year-old Mattias had been content, no, he has work
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Edward S. Portman
Di questo elogio al non protagonismo, al nascondersi, al confondersi tra la massa, al non apparire e scomparire nell’invisibilità della normalità; di questo libro di uno scrittore norvegese che reca nel titolo il nome del secondo uomo sulla luna (e non la seconda missione, no no: proprio il secondo uomo, quello che insieme a Neil Armstrong mise piede sul satellite nella missione dell’Apollo 11) mi aspettavo grandi cose. Mi aspettavo non so neppure io cosa, ma sicuro qualcosa di più di questa sto ...more
Moira Macfarlane
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
> dikke 4 sterren <
"En in de lente van 1979 besloot ik in al die drukte in de wereld te verdwijnen, nummer twee te worden, iemand die nuttig wilde zijn in plaats van op te vallen, die deed wat hem gevraagd werd. Maar dat is uiteraard een gedachte achteraf, dat het toen begon, een poging het beginpunt van een leven vast te pinnen. Alleen in de fictie, in films en romans kun je het exacte tijdstip van een verandering vaststellen. In de werkelijkheid komt de keuze geleidelijk, de gedachte ont
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pierlapo  quimby
Pensavo fosse qualcosa di diverso, il manifesto dei numeri due, l'elogio dell'anonimato, la rivincita degli uomini in tuta da lavoro che non ambiscono a una vita sotto i riflettori, invece è un romanzo sul disagio.
Se l'avessi capito per tempo, forse non l'avrei neanche letto.
Stilisticamente poi non m'è parso che Harstad controllasse al meglio la prima persona, che fosse davvero convincente.
Aspettate un secondo... disagio, prima persona... ecco qual è il punto, chi voglio prendere in giro?, il pu
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Melanie
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Ben aangenaam verrast door het boek. Ik was vooral aangetrokken door de invalshoek van Buzz Aldrin: waar ben je gebleven?: waarom zou je van onopvallendheid niet je levensdoel kunnen maken, net zoals de tweede man op de maan? Ook de schrijfstijl en de beschrijvingen van de Faeroër vielen in de smaak. En niets is heerlijker dan lezen over desolate Scandinavische landschappen waar het altijd regent en alles grijs is, terwijl je buiten de warmste dagen van het jaar meemaakt :-) Aanrader.
Mosco
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
quando vuotando la lavastoviglie si pensa a Mattias, lavandosi i denti a Ennenne, quando non si vede l'ora di riprenderlo in mano, direi che è proprio un bel libro!
Marcia
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bijzonder verhaal over Mattias, de jongen die niet gezien wil worden. Een psychologische overpeinzing, wondermooi geschreven. Tegen het einde had ik wel iets meer van een climax verwacht, maar uiteindelijk kabbelt het verhaal op dezelfde manier voort - wat eigenlijk beter bij het verhaal past. De poëtische schrijfstijl wist me op sommige momenten echt te raken.
Een uitgebreide recensie volgt.
Sharyl
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
This is the story of how Mattias, from Stavanger, Norway, navigates his life through some very rough years of severe mental anguish.

I was the kid in your class in elementary school, in high school, at college, whose name you can't remember when you take out the class photo ten years later, to show your boyfriend or girlfriend how you looked back then. I was the boy that sat almost a the center of the class, one desk from the wall, the guy who never forgot his gym clothes, who was always ready fo
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Pam
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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When I first came across Harstad’s book, I, like many probably, thought that it would actually be about Buzz Aldrin or perhaps, maybe about, you know, space. What it turned out to be, instead, was a really intense study of socio-emotional interactions between self and others.

The now famous downward spiral of the second man on the moon is merely a catalyst for our protagonist, Mattias, as he explores his own life crisis. A successful gardener and self-procl
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arcobaleno
Per quasi trecento pagine la lettura è rimasta in superficie: mi scivolava senza riuscire a farmi immergere completamente. Finchè è scattato qualcosa, non so se nel mio stato d'animo o nella scrittura di Harstad o nelle vicende narrate. Fatto sta che le ultime centocinquanta mi hanno trasportato a capofitto in profondità.
Mattias si sente 'nato secondo' e vive arreso in partenza. Vuole nascondersi, scomparire, annullare la sua presenza. Perde il lavoro, la donna, gli amici, gli affetti e, inevit
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lukk
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Этот край туманов и овец лечит и усугубляет болезнь одновременно. Страна потерянных вещей, в которой можно как найти себя, так и потерять. Фареры в этой книге не просто фон для каких-то событий.

Когда-то я не дочитала эту книгу, бросив на последней главе, ибо неимоверно злилась на Матиаса, который от всего бежит. Вот-вот должна была начаться новая страница его жизни, и все наконец хорошо, но он снова делает попытку сбежать. За какие-то триста страниц я привязалась к нему, и болезненно воспринимал
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Karen
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, m-and-k
It's hard to decide what I liked most about this novel. There is the underlying thought that Matthias carries throughout the novel: that there is beauty in being second best. There are also the characters, that Harstad captures beautifully. But above all, there is the scenery and the way that the author sketches it makes me want to pack my bags and see the Faroe Islands for myself.

Though, I can't decide how I feel about Matthias. He is a good-hearted guy, undoubtedly. But his acceptance of his f
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Karenina
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“La persona che ami è fatta per il 72,8% d’acqua, e non piove da settimane.”
Con un incipit così poteva essere un brutto libro? Mi è piaciuto molto questo viaggio nel disagio mentale, poetico e lieve anche quando narra storie inevitabilmente drammatiche; la figura smarrita di Mattias, giardiniere che dopo aver perso tutto, lavoro e amore, cade in pezzi e trova fortunosamente rifugio in una sorta di casa famiglia, residenza protetta per pazzerelli, sperduta in un’isola anch’essa ai margini, insiem
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Kris Minne
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
4,5
aanloopje naar zijn nieuwe boek, dat écht goed schijnt te zijn.
reis naar faeröer geboekt.
Matthias
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ongelofelijk beklijvende roman over eenzaamheid, over verlies, over onzichtbaar zijn en bovenal over het feit dat alles goed komt. Johan Harstad moet je gelezen hebben
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Johan Harstad is a Norwegian author, graphic designer, playwright, drummer, and international sensation. He is the winner of the 2008 Brage Award (Brageprisen), previously won by Per Petterson, and his books have been published in over 11 countries. In 2009, he was named the first ever in-house playwright at the National Theatre in Oslo. His first novel Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To You In All The ...more
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