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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  399 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
A Roma un tranquillo quarantenne che si guadagna da vivere scrivendo libri per ragazzi viene avvicinato da uno strano tassista, che lo convince ad ascoltare una rivelazione "pazzesca": suo padre, morto da poco, non sarebbe stato il generale democristiano e bigotto che lui aveva sempre creduto, ma una spia russa al servizio del KGB. Da questo momento lo scudo protettivo che ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published 2000 by Bompiani
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Neva
Aug 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated-by-me
Преди седем години съм я превеждала. Помня удоволствието от работата по нея и неочакваното откритие (при всяка добра книга е така, но всеки път е някак си неочаквано), че докато за четене е безкрайно лека, за превод никак не е (куп проверки на куп малки специфични детайли плюс щедро количество нюанси на езика и настроенията, които трябва да се модулират прецизно)...

Преди малко попаднах на един цитат от романа тук, в Гудрийдс и не можах да го позная. Нито собствения си "почерк" можах да позная и
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Dagio_maya
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: italiana
“(…) si tratta della mia idea di me stesso, che negli ultimi tempi si è fatta vaga e traballante. Non sono più sicuro di essere quello che credevo di essere, ecco; e questo mi spiazza parecchio, specialmente nelle situazioni che richiedono una certa prontezza nelle decisioni.”

Più passano gli anni e più mi rendo conto come il tema della memoria e dei ricordi sia un topos molto sfruttato in letteratura. No, anzi, sfruttato mi dà l’idea di un saccheggio da vandali che non tiene conto di nulla qu
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Mirela  Popescu
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
„– Vă mulţumesc încă o dată, bălmăjeşte femeia. N-o să mă pot revanşa niciodată, ştiu, dar...
Şi iată că am făcut-o să tacă. I-am pus mâna pe gură, asta am făcut. Mi-am ridicat mâna asupra ei, da, şi i-am atins buzele alea ale ei de spumă roşie, cu neruşinare, cu degetele, eu. Şi ştiu de ce am făcut-o.
– Rezistă, îi şoptesc.
Şi ştiu şi de ce, imediat după ce i-am spus asta, tutuind-o atât de afectuos, atât de bine, şi dând naştere avântului cu care ea se aruncă pe mine, într-o îmbrăţişare adevărată
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Aprile
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy, gut-feelings
Mi è piaciuto, moltissimo. Di Sandro Veronesi avevo già letto nel 2006, per caso, Caos calmo e mi era piaciuto anche quello - molto più della versione cinematografica con Isabella Ferrari e Nanni Moretti - e un fatto mi aveva colpito su tutti: la moglie del protagonista è una traduttrice come me, nata esattamente il mio stesso giorno/mese/anno e con una figlia nata lo stesso giorno/mese della mia! (c'è una cosa che ci differenzia sostanzialmente, almeno per adesso, ma evito lo spoiler). Curiosit ...more
NeDa
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Обичам книги, в които сякаш нищо не се случва, и ей така, в едно спокойно и забавно дъра-бъра се стига до разпиляването на един свят на хиляда парчета несглобяем пъзел...
dete
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
детски писател, странни случки и изведнъж на 166-тата страница книгата избухва.

Значи бракът ми загива в обятията на една жена точно както винаги дъм се старал да не загине ден след ден с години съм се борил и мъчилл и учил как с педантична вещина да не придавам значение и съм усвоил умението нехайно да обелвам като лучени люспи всички чарове на другите жени и сляпо да вярвам в невероятната догма според която те не може да имат никакви чарове и точка всички чарове и точка и нищо тяхно което блест
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Кремена Михайлова
„… аз присъствах, така да се каже, на завръщането си в мен самия: буквално почувствах как паметта се плъзна обратно в мен, сегмент по сегмент, от отвъдното, в което упойката я беше изпратила. Това свестяване беше много по-различно от обикновеното сутрешно събуждане, когато очите се отварят и – бам! – този, който си, влиза в кожата ти на секундата. Сега процесът беше много по-бавен и постепенен, както когато рестартираш компютър и той започва да зарежда всичко, което му е необходимо, за да функци ...more
Dimitar Pizhev
Невероятна книга - от онези, които те разхвърлят и преподреждат и накрая сякаш не си себе си или може би си повече себе си, някаква по-добра или поне по-осъзнаваща версия на себе си... кой знае. Рядко се влюбвам в нечий стил на писане толкова тотално. Криволинеен и само/ироничен, адски съвременен.
Natasja
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2010
Na 'Kalme chaos' was ik al serieus onder de indruk van Sandro Veronesi, en na het lezen van 'In de ban van mijn vader' ben ik helemaal verkocht.
Alles klopt in dit boek, er staat geen zin te veel of te weinig, het verhaal blijft in je hoofd zitten, en de schoonheid van de zinnen zorgt ervoor dat je stopt met lezen om er langer van te kunnen genieten...

Veronesi kent zijn karakters door en door, hij IS zijn personages, en hij brengt dat ongelooflijk goed over op papier en in mij. Word er zelfs een
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Sarah
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i was immediately struck by the freshness of this author's voice - i wonder how much of unique word choice and phrasing was veronesi vs. the translator. (the latter is supposed to be invisible, but how is that really possible?). it starts off with a very gripping, almost 24-like plot buildup. it doesn't maintain that pace of action, though; it goes internal rather quickly. but rather than being boring, i was really fascinated by several passages of the narrator's self-exploration. especially pag ...more
Kevin Gabriël
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mooi geschreven!
Hari Seldon
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
Un quasi quarantenne si ritrova improvvisamente tra le mani una manciata di rivelazioni, alcune inverosimili, altre verosimili (parecchio, povero lui). E volente o no deve farci i conti. Sì, un'altro romanzo basato sui bilanci esistenziali. Non se ne sentiva il bisogno, certo! Ma attenzione, questo è scritto bene: non so se perché Veronesi ha semplicemente trascritto pari pari, senza aggiunte e fronzoli, una storia autobiografica, oppure se perché è davvero un grande scrittore. Probabilmente un ...more
Delphine
Oct 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je viens de lire un excellent roman policier, La Force du passé de Sandro Veronesi. Gianni, un écrivain pour la jeunesse, vit à Rome. Peu après le décès de son père qu'il considérait au mieux comme un Démocrate Chrétien bon teint, au pire comme un fasciste, Gianni est approché par un inconnu qui tente de l'enlever, puis le retrouve, lui présente des excuses et lui annonce de but en blanc que son père était en fait un agent du KGB.

La vie de Gianni va dès lors être bouleversée. Il va découvrir que
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Françoise
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Quelle déception! L'idée de départ était pourtant excellente: le père du narrateur, un ponte de la Démocratie Chrétienne, était en réalité un espion du KGB! Mais l'intrigue ne débouche sur rien de particulier. Ou bien est-ce moi qui lit trop de romans américains, parfaitement ficelés, dont les auteurs appliquent à la lettre de cours de "créative writing"? Est-ce l'apannage des auteurs européens (?) de faire comme bon leur semble, d'accrocher l'attention du lecteur au début du roman pour ensuite ...more
Marijn Roos
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zo, dit is wel een tip, zeg maar. Grote vragen komen aan bod. Als je vader misschien niet helemaal is wie jij dacht dat hij was, en ook je moeder niet en ook je vrouw niet, ben jij dan zelf wel degene die jij denkt die je bent? Als je het uit gelezen hebt, ga je pas echt over dat figuur in de spiegel nadenken. Tijdens het lezen vraag je je voornamelijk af of die dikke vriend van zijn vader wel echt een vriend van hem was. En natuurlijk is het weer zo'n boek dat op zulke vragen geen antwoord geef ...more
Sve
Sep 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: second-chance
I am sorry to say, but this book is a torture for me. From the very beginning, the author is occupying us with his dramas, doubts, fears and paranoyas. He is so meticulous in accounting about his inner life that instead of achieving the effect of making the story catchy, he bored me to death. And the drama seems so well made to look like a drama.
I rarely leave a book unread when started, but - sorry to say - this one will be such a case.

Update: After meeting the translator in Bulgarian I am goi
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Yasemin Şahin
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Robert Wechsler
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian-lit
The narrator is pitiful. He overreacts, he thinks everything through too much, his marriage is a mess, he can’t write anymore (although he turns the story of his father into an absurdist tale of his hero, Pizzano Pizza), he can’t decide what to believe, he can’t deal with his wife’s unfaithfulness (or how she lets him know). But the narration works well in this appropriately short novel.(Read in Alistair McEwen's English translation.)
Maria Beltrami
Qual'è la verità? Ma soprattutto, cos'è la verità, e che cosa è davvero importante nella vita? L'apparenza o la sostanza, il passato o il presente?
E' vero, il passato ritorna, che sia un padre che ha avuto una doppia identità o una moglie che ha tradito, ma è nel presente che si svolge la vita di ogni giorno, e solo quello merita di essere vissuto.
L'inizio stenta un po', con un protagonista leggermente troppo morettiano, ma poi ci si cala nella narrazione, fino al suo finale quasi salvifico.
Sve
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Веднъж се опитах да прочета книгата на английски, но не ми потръгна. Сигурно заради чуждия език и дългите изречения. Има една глава дето е само едно изречение. 8 страници едно изречение! По принцип мразя дълги изречения, ама точно тази глава единственото изречение е използвано много хитро.
Книгата е странна...не знам какво да кажа. Прилича ми по-скоро на филм, всъщност и това вероято е търсен ефект.
John
Sep 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Italian novel that's a bit of a meditation on identity, memory, appearance v. reality -- all cloaked in a sort of film-noir detective story. Much of it, I admired -- the author dovetails from one chapter to the next with great skill. But other parts tried my patience -- the extended, run-on sentences for example. On the whole, I'd recommend it for its inventiveness. Ciao!
Steven Felicelli
Was lured by the comparisons to Eco and Calvino, but Veronesi reminds me much more of Thomas Bernhard. The protagonist is by turns banal and bat shit crazy and his maniacally mundane tangents recall the introspective hero of Bernhard's Correction. Mulling minutiae goes from puzzling, to intriguing to sublime by the final gesture of this story.
Rebekkila
Feb 02, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
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Luca Magagni
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Brillante narrazione ma... non mi ha convinto.
Thomas
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy, in-huis, fiction
Mooi verhaal maar de houterige vertaling ontnam mij het leesplezier zo erg dat ik het boek niet heb uitgelezen.
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Sandro Veronesi, born in Florence, Tuscany in 1959, is an Italian novelist, essayist, and journalist. After earning a degree in architecture at the University of Florence, he opted for a writing career in his mid to late twenties. Veronesi published his first book at the age of 25, a collection of poetry (Il resto del cielo, 1984) that has remained his only venture into verse writing. What has fol ...more
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