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Der Weltensammler

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  912 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Ein spannender Roman über den englischen Abenteurer Richard Burton (1821-1890). Anstatt in den Kolonien die englischen Lebensgewohnheiten fortzuführen, lernt er wie besessen die Sprachen des Landes, vertieft sich in fremde Religionen und reist zum Schrecken der Behörden anonym in den Kolonien herum. Trojanows farbiger Abenteuerroman über diesen Exzentriker zeigt, warum der ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by DTV (first published 2006)
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Sawsan
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اختار ايليا ترويانوف شخصية ريتشارد فرانسيس برتون ليحكي من خلالها عن عوالم مختلفة في القرن التاسع عشر
برتون شخصية مثيرة للاهتمام, هو رحالة ومستكشف بريطاني وكاتب ومترجم, دائم الترحال, عنده قدرة مذهلة على تعلُم اللغات واللهجات وبارع في التعامل والاندماج في المجتمعات المختلفة
ورغم انه مثير للريبة أيضا لبعض أعماله التجسسية لكنه كان مجازف وشغوف بمعرفة كل جديد ويجد متعة في تجربة أي شيء مختلف
الرواية مزيج بين الواقع والخيال, عن ثلاث فترات في حياته, مراحل وجوده في الهند والحجاز وشرق أفريقيا
في الهند كان
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Smarti
Oct 03, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romaneab2000
Ich weiß schon eigentlich, warum ich etwas gegen zeitgenössische deutsche Literatur habe. Irgendwas ist mit dieser Generation passiert: sie können einfach nicht vernünftig schreiben! wahrscheinlich hat sich in ihnen der Gedanke fest gesetzt: ein gutes buch muss kompliziert sein... von der gepflegten Erzählkultur, wie sie sich zum Beispiel die Angel-Sachsen erhalten haben, halten diese neuen deutschen Schriftsteller so gar nichts.
Ich dachte, der Weltensammler wäre anders und ich beschloss dem buc
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Alexandra
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Der britische Offizier Richard Burton bereist im 19. Jahrhundert Indien, Arabien und Afrika.

Mit einer Mischung aus Camouflage und Mimikri taucht der Entdecker und "Meisterspion" in fremde Rassen, Kulturen, Sprachen und Religionen ein, absorbiert einfach alles aus der fremden Welt und liefert für die britischen Kolonialherren als Spion wertvolle Aufzeichnungen und Innenansichten.
Meist lässt Burton sich von der Umgebung völlig emotional mitreissen und manchmal distanziert er sich mit seinem brit
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Mark
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Literate and no doubt well-researched, I was still left somewhat disappointed.
The book is divided into three important chapters in Burton's life: His years as a soldier in India, the daring Haj disguised as one of the faithful, and the trek in east Africa to discover the source of the Nile. But it still brings us no closer to Burton the man.
One would be better off picking up one of the excellent biographies written about Sir Richard, i.e.: Burton by Byron Farwell; A Rage To Live by Mary Lovell
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Orion
Dec 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting novel about Sir Richard Burton that focuses on three segments of his life: his time in British India during which he translated the Kama Sutra, his performance of the Hajj in Arabia, and his voyages in East Africa with John Speke to find the source of the Nile. In each case, the story is told not so much from Burton's perspective as from the local people of the areas with whom he interacted.

In India this is his servant who is telling his story to a letter writer in order to g
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elisawiththebooks
Mar 07, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf, 2018
dnf at 48%

I hoped I’d like it bc it sounds so interesting but tbh it was really boring and a very slow read!
gorecki
Sep 01, 2017 marked it as dropped  ·  review of another edition
Sorry, book. No.
Nikoline
Jan 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Nikoline by: second semester
I cannot give a book more than a single star when I could barely finish it and had to skip through several pages just to feel closer to the end. That said there are positive things to say about Der Weltensammler by Iliya Troyanov. For instance, I enjoyed the writing, and another thing was how difficult I found it to actually give myself completely to the novel, which is also a thing I dislike, but I think this might also be a positive thing, because the author wanted to write a book about how im ...more
Jan Cornelis
Did not finish the last few pages, I just stopped caring.

The road was rough, English (western) people are strange and one dude refuses to stop interfering even while the narrator tells him a 100 times to shut up...

I get why people like this book. There is a lot of cultural tension that can be translated into today multiculturalism and global society. Also the descriptions of Burton actually experiencing his travels are great, especially his Hadj and the connection to feelings of belonging to a
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Tony
THE COLLECTOR OF WORLDS. (2006). Iliya Troyanov. ***.
Disappointing. I was looking forward to reading this novel based on the life of Sir Richard Francis Burton. The author is a German writer, and this book garnered several prizes in his country and turned into a best seller. Burton is one of those people I’d like to go back in time for in order to meet. I am continually amazed at all he was able to accomplish, especially considering the lack of what we today consider standard amenities, e.g., el
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Nick
May 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Victorian age was the last great age of exploration, and Sir Richard Francis Burton was the greatest explorer of them all. His life beggars description; he was a spy, he spoke 22 languages (at least), he discovered the source of the Nile, he was the first European to make the pilgrimage to Mecca -- in disguise -- he was the first person to translate the Kama Sutra into English. And on and on. My favorite story from his life was the time in Somalia when he was attacked in the middle of the ni ...more
Ra
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: german
Reading this book was hard work. Firstly the German writing style is difficult. Secondly there was no drama.
The story gave only a ghostly sketch of Sir Richard Burton, who somehow did not come to life.
No doubt that the man was a fascinating character, a linguist and a traveller who was the first westerner to go on pilgrimage to Mecca. A man who translated the Kamasutra and spoke so many languages, and lived so many different lives.
The book only gives glimpses of his personality through the re-t
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Ben
Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Als ich dieses Buch zum ersten Mal aufschlug, war ich durchaus begeistert. Die Handlung kommt faszinierend vor: ein britischer Abenteurer erlebt Kulturen von Indien, Arabien, und Afrika im 19. Jahrhundert. Er ist ein sprachbegabter Wissenschaftler und Forscher, der keinerlei Angst davor hat, unter dem hiesigen Volk zu leben und von ihrer Weltanschauung zu lernen, ganz im Gegensatz zu den anderen Europäern, die sich zu dieser Zeit außerhalb von Europa aufhielten. Diese exotische Geschichte sollte ...more
BoekenTrol
The fact that it took me so terribly long to read this book should speak for itself I guess.
It was not a bad book, it was even interesting at times. It was just difficult for me to keep track of the lines: who said what, where are we now, where is the main character going (HELP who IS the main character now was more than once the question...).
The subject: a fictive / realistic story about the life and adventures of Richard Burton is good enough. I liked the passages about him, what he was doin
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Zoë
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uni
2,5 ~ 3 stars
Tim
Der Weltensammler war ein durchaus kulturell interessantes Werk; Trojanow hat keine Mühe gescheut, Richard Burton's Lebensgeschichte im Orient Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts möglichst lebendig und vielfältig zu erzählen. Allerdings verstrickte sich der Autor in dermassen abwegige und langatmige Dialoge, dass es auch einem konzentrierten Leser nicht gerade einfach gemacht wird, der Handlung zu folgen. Eine Handlung, die zusätzlich eher dahinplätschert, sich manchmal in Details verliert und auf Rückbl ...more
Sara
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a lot more hope for this book. I read some pretty impressive pre-pub buzz and was psyched to get my hands on a proof. I found that it wandered without purpose, which was a little ironic since Burton notoriously wandered with purpose. I felt that since it was a novel, the author could have taken a little more license with Burton so you felt you knew him at the end, instead, the constant shifting of perspective from Burton to 3rd party observers deprives the reader of any intimate knowledge ...more
Andrea
Feb 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
Nach ca. 150 Seiten werde ich dieses Buch jetzt weglegen und nicht zu Ende lesen. Qäle micht nicht weiter... es kommt in meinen Augen keine Spannung auf, die Hauptfigur, Richard Burton, wird irgendwie nicht lebendig. Gegen die Idee, eine Geschichte aus mehreren Perspektiven zu erzählen, habe ich nichts, mag das prinzipiell auch sehr gerne, aber selbst das greift hier nicht. Dialoge sind auch oft sehr mühsam zu lesen... alles in allem ein sehr zerfahrenes Buch und in meinen Augen viel zu überbewe ...more
Joe
Feb 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are small treasures throughout this book - a fictionalized narrative of the life of the explorer Richard Francis Burton. Troyanov finds in Burton's life all the contradictions of the
British Empire: he underlines those contradictions by switching from the story as experienced by Burton and the story as recalled by those whose cultures he collected during his life. This will bear repeat readings.
Antoaneta Mitrusheva
Просто не се справих с тази книга. Опитвах няколко пъти, но четенето й никак не вървеше. Не заради съдържанието, колкото заради формата - не знам дали заради автора или заради преводача/защото оригиналът е всъщност на немски език/, но буквално се спъвах на всяко второ изречение. Езикът не ми хареса, конструкцията на изреченията и абзаците - също. Четях я мудно, трудно.
А може би подходих към книгата с твърде големи очаквания. Или не избрах точния момент за четенето й.
Bookmaniac70
Aug 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Темата е много интересна- доколко можем да се слеем с различните от нас, да се претопим в чуждото, в" другото". В същото време книгата представлява интригуващ опит за психологически портрет на една изключителна личност. Сериозна писателска заявка.:-)) Обаче не можах да я дочета. Самият начин на повествование ми беше монотонен и в един момент просто се почувствах блокирана да продължа. Въпреки това, впечатленията ми от автора са много добри и смятам да опитам с други негови книги в бъдеще.
ZaRi
«این رمان، سرگذشت ریچارد فرانسیس برتون است که در قرن نوزدهم میلادی تنها و با ظاهری بومی در هندوستان سفر میکند. او زبان هندی میداند ولی فرهنگ هندوستان هنوز برایش ناشناخته است. در این میان زنی زیبا او را با ناشناختههای آن سرزمین آشنا میکند. برتون عاشق زن اسرارآمیز میشود و به مرز جنون میرسد، اما هنوز مأموریتش به پایان نرسیده است….»

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The Reader's Bookshop
Absolutely one of the best novels I've ever read. It's about Richard Burton's travels through India, Asia, and Africa. Well crafted, brilliantly written - a real pleasure to read. The middle part is a bit challenging but well worth it by the time he gets to Africa. Highly recommended for the serious reader.
Frannyart
Oct 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No. Slogged through what little I read. Very disappointed
as I really want to read more about Burton.
Tanja
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Literarische Glanzleistung, die sich irgendwo zwischen Fakt und Fiktion bewegt und mich zurücklässt mit der Frage, ob wir im Leben unsere Rolle gänzlich verändern können oder doch immer WIr bleiben?
Steph Johnson
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is beautifully written in English and so the translator must have done an amazing job. The structure is different, fresh and quirky, but the story is lyrical and entrancing, Sehr gut!
Johann Guenther
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
TROJANOW, Ilija: „Der Weltensammler“, München 2016
Der Autor beschreibt in diesem über 500 Seiten starken Roman einen seltsamen Menschen des 19. Jahrhunderts. Die Handlung konzentriert sich auf drei wesentliche Lebensabschnitte des britischen Offiziers Richard Burton:
• Mit 21 Jahren geht er nach Indien und arbeitet für die East Indian Company.
• Als einer der ersten „westlichen“ Menschen nimmt er an einer Pilgerfahrt nach Mekka teil. Er gibt sich als Muslim aus und bringt seine Erlebnisse in Buchf
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Anthony Peter
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having expressed scepticism about the effectiveness of the well-researched historical novel and how character may be subsumed beneath the detail and the story, I find myself declaring that this historical novel is one I enjoyed much more.

In part this is simply because it may be read as a Boys’ Own adventure of manly exploration, risk-taking and derring-do, which I’m a sucker for. The author also says that although he is inspired by the life and works of Sir Richard Burton (not the actor), he doe
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Ani Georgieva
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ilija Trojanow has a very distinctive and challenging writing style, which brought him a long list of literary awards.
The Collector of Worlds is not every reader’s cup of tea because of its complex form, narrativics, a high register language usage and a huge glossary with foreign words from many different cultures. At the beginning of the novel I was really struggling with the sentences but just after some chapters Mr. Trojanow succeeds in hooking me into Sir Richard Burton’s story.
I gave the n
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Liedzeit
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
It not easy to understand the hype this one generated when it came out. No doubt the story of Richard Burton is amazing. But the couple of pages that Borges gives us on this man are infinitely more satisfying.
The language is rather lame. The literary trick to have chapters describing some events with chapters of dialogue between one of his companions and some interrogator at first seem clever but becomes tiresome after a while. Also, it distracts. We never really learn to care for Burton.
Maybe t
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Ilija Trojanow (bulgarisch Илия Троянов) ist ein deutscher Schriftsteller, Übersetzer und Verleger bulgarischer Abstammung.
Ilija Trojanow im deutschen Wikipedia

Ilija Trojanow (Bulgarian: Илия Троянов) is a Bulgarian-German writer, translator and publisher.
Ilija Trojanow in the English Wikipedia
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И това ще отмине.”
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“Тази поразителна неразбория, която звучи така, сякаш думите са били хвърлени с прашка. Посред безумието. Затова забраних всякакво говорене.
- Писарите пред вратата...
- Едно прошение трябва да се отправи писмено. Пред съда не се говори. Само присъдата говори. Тук всекидневно цари мълчание. Опитвам се накарам тези хора да схванат колко е важно да се обуздава говоренето.”
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