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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  125 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
"I was on my way to look for a life of my own."

A brilliant, brutally honest autobiographical novel, long out of print, from one of the great artistic polymaths of the 20th century.

This is a Sebaldian account of the narrator's attempt to break free of a repressive upper-middle-class upbringing and make his way as an artist and individual, written in a single incantatory par
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Melville House (first published 1960)
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Sara Gallardo
Es una lectura intensa, porque Weiss es también bastante intenso. La estructura de un solo párrafo resulta a ratos desasosegante porque todos los sucesos parecen mezclarse y porque hay partes incómodas, desapacibles. Aunque pueda parecer una despedida, un ajuste de cuentas con sus padres como punto de partida para poder comenzar a existir como ser independiente, creo que uno de los sentidos fundamentales de este libro es la sexualidad de Weiss, directamente relacionada con el ambiente opresivo d ...more
Ronald Wise
A one-paragraph, semi-biographical novel which begins with the death of the narrator's father and continues as a free-form chronology of his life experiences. Though more structured than a flow-of-consciousness narration, the story is told as a sequence of obvservations, impressions, and emotions. The author's father was a Jew in Germany, and though there are not specific references to the rise of Nazism, one's historical knowledge must provide the setting in which many of the events take place. ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brd, prosa
Mit dem formalen Abschied beginnend, begibt man sich auf die Suche nach dem Verhältnis zu den dereinst noch lebenden Eltern und den Schritten und Augenblicken, die der Entfremdung vorausgingen. Dabei ist die Erzählung so unzuverlässig, wie eine Erinnerung nur sein kann, die verschwimmt zwischen Erinnerung und Phantasie, die der ganzen Zeit mit dem Abschweifen in die Vergangenheit rechnen muss.
So wenn er nicht mehr davon träumt riesenhaft über seine Umwelt hinauszuwachsen, sondern mit seinen Sch
Josh Cochran
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Picked this little book up on vacation, and it was the perfect beach read. Weiss's style is introspective and reminiscent of Dostoevsky. He even makes a reference to his influence in the novel. The narrator is a German adolescent between the 2 great wars. He of the age, place, and time that must be one of the most confusing ever, yet he remains inside his own head and totally oblivious to the world around him.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: germany
A fine small book by Peter Weiss, better known as a playwriter than a novelist. This book is a barely fictionalized account of a bright young man's life between the two world wars in Germany as he differentiates from his parents and sets out on his own. Beautifully written.
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bericht einer Abnabelung, einer Menschwerdung als Künstler. Poetisch ohne Formalismus, selbstbezogen aber nicht unpolitisch. Émpfehlung aus einer Leseliste von J. Winkler zum "Können und Nichtkönnen beim Schreiben". So liest es sich dann auch.
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really got lost in this one, in a good way. It is written in one continuous paragraph, which makes for an interesting an disjointed narrative thread.
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Peter Ulrich Weiss was a German writer, painter, and artist of adopted Swedish nationality. He is particularly known for his play Marat/Sade and his novel The Aesthetics of Resistance.

Weiss' first art exhibition took place in 1936. His first produced play was Der Turm in 1950. In 1952 he joined the Swedish Experimental Film Studio, where he made films for several years. During this period, he also

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