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Als der Bürgerkrieg in den 90er Jahren Bosnien heimsucht, flieht der junge Aleksandar mit seinen Eltern in den Westen. Rastlos neugierig erobert er sich das fremde Deutschland und erzählt mit unbändiger Lust die irrwitzigen Geschichten von damals, von der großen Familie und den kuriosen Begebenheiten im kleinen Visegrad. Aleksandar fabuliert sich die Angst weg und "die Zei ...more
Paperback, 313 pages
Published 2008 by btb (first published 2006)
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Saša Stanišić
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wrote
08/10, must focus better.
Orsodimondo
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bosnia
QUANDO TUTTO ANDAVA BENE

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Višegrad, il ponte sulla Drina (fine XVI secolo).

Dopo alcune decine di pagine durante le quali mi sono passati davanti gatti neri e gatti bianchi, Dolly Bell, papà in viaggio d’affari, il tempo dei gitani, pesci freccia che ballano il valzer, l’intera filmografia di Kusturica per intenderci, che già ho sofferto molto a vederla in sala, trovarla riproposta per intero qui è stato un colpo ferale.
Al punto che m’è venuto da rimpiangere Jancsó, il che è tutto dire. E rimpiang
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Jelena
Kada sam bila mala, baba bi me svaki put terala iz sobe kada razvlači jufke za pitu („Da ne lete dlake“). Bio je to čitav ritual: prvo rasklopi kauč, pošto je njena jufka bila veća od tepiha, koristila se posebna plahta za razvlačenje, znalo se kako se pita slaže u tepsiju. A ja sam bila opčinjena time kako je moguće da testo bude potpuno providno koliko je tanko, a da se nikad ne pocepa, čak ni kada ga baba podigne kao da širi veš.

To mi je prošlo kroz glavu manje-više čim sam počela da čitam „W
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Melki

One never knows what might be lurking inside a used book. This one had a perfectly preserved, tiny spider pressed between the front cover and the first page. Weird, huh? Perhaps it was a metaphor . . . a reminder that anything can happen between the pages of a book.

Especially this book . . .

It's the night before the Anna Feast, when Anna is going to be burnt. Or, maybe she won't. The air is ripe with possibilities in Fürstenfelde, a German village that knows modern ways, but continues to dwell
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Frogy (Ivana)
Da sam carobnjak, pa da znanja i vestine mogu da izvadim iz sesira, kao zeca...ova knjiga ne bi imala kraj.
Frogy (Ivana)
Pošto me je "Kako vojnik popravlja gramofon" oduševila, malo prebrzo sam uletela u novu knjigu Saše Stanišić "Pred svetkovinu", očekujući sličan stil pripovedanja. O kako sam se prevarila i kako mi je drago zbog toga. :)
Kako sam okretala stranice tako sam sve više bila uvučena u priču i imala osećaj kao da sam zaista posetila Firstenfelde (malo selo koje je nekada bilo grad). Stanovnici ovog mesta su toliko realno i detaljno prikazani da sam ubeđena da kada bih stvarno posetila Firstenfelde, da
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Patrizia
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Considerazioni in italiano a seguire)

Aleksandar is a boy between 8 and 14, who lives in Višegrad, goes to school, loves fishing and spending his days with friends like any other child in the world.
The death of Slavko, beloved grandfather of Aleks, gives us a first clue of what the novel is about, the necessity of coping with loss and endings. All that’s left from Slavko are a magic wand and a cupboard hat, his last gift for the boy. A great gift, indeed: a lesson about life and the way of facin
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·Karen·
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Update: the latest edition of Granta 129 just thudded through my door: I am delighted to see the first chapter of this novel in there under the title The Ferryman is Dead, translated by Anthea Bell, who does a far better job than I. The accompanying note says that Before the Feast is to be published by Pushkin Press in 2015. Not long to wait!


The night before Anna is burned she goes jogging.

Johann wants to do his practical exam to qualify as a bell-ringer but the bells have gone, Lada (a previous
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Saša Stanišić
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wrote
- 09/10, would write again.
·Karen·
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-german
Exuberant. Playful. Farcical. Mouth-watering. Delectable. Poignant. Heart-rending. Thought-provoking. Snort-provoking.
I think it's safe to assume that Our Hero Aleksander's biography is well grounded in Saša Stanišić's own: born in Višegrad in 1978, of a Serbian father and a Bosniak mother. The utterly consistent voice of ten-year old Aleksander as narrator means, however, that this is never an issue, they are just his Mum and Dad after all, but watch the names, be aware of the names of his gra
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Jelena
Not that I am an expert on short stories, but the volumes I’ve read so far went in two directions: either a compilation of stand-alone tales or a collection of interwoven accounts, connected by characters, events or setting. But… How about both? Seriously, why not have both? Because that is what “Fallensteller” does in all its glory!

This unbridled spark of emotion and observation, of outrageous enthusiasm and modest demeanour makes it possible for these stories to combine two opposites, to consi
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Sesili Li
Sticajem okolnosti, u periodu od januara do danas, pročitala sam ovu knjigu tri puta. I dalje plačem na istim mestima, i dalje se smejem na istim mestima. Kraj me svaki put iznova baci u dilemu, i nikada se nije desilo da se moje ideje poklope sa onim što o kraju romana misle drugi ljudi. Ovo će zauvek biti jedna od mojih omiljenih knjiga. <3
·Karen·
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: German speakers
Zauberei

A conjurer features in the first story in this magical collection. And the title story, the longest by far, re-visits Fürstenfelde which is the fictional setting of Stanišić's Before the Feast to introduce a newcomer, a rat-catcher. A trickster who uses a trained rat to lure in the gullible - but like a true trickster he can shape shift into a shaman, a medicine man and sorcerer.

Stanišić is the sorcerer. He can do anything, go anywhere and entrap his reader with the delights of his playf
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Viktoria Winter
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoyed Deathless!
"The ferryman is dead and no one knows why.
We are sad. We don’t have a ferryman anymore.
And the lakes are wild and dark again, watching, and observing what goes on.”

This is one of those books that may seem like a quick read but is, in fact, the complete opposite. It demands to be taken in small portions, like eating the courses of a meal (or a feast…awful pun very much intended). Similar in a way that reading Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente left me a mess, Before the Feast is a book that
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Oriana
Jul 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Oriana by: Boldtype

I finished this book ages ago, but alas I have not had time to do up a proper review. It was spectacular, though. More soon, I swear.

*******

Reasons why I already adore this book, even though I'm less than fifty pages in:

1. As I learned from bookfriend Brian, the other edition has a photo of a man on the cover, which it turns out (unbeknownst even to him) is Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snickett, a.k.a. my boyfriend.

2. The chapter titles are, depending on your preference, either twee and preten
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Frogy (Ivana)
Jedno od najlepših iznenađenja prošlogodišnjeg sajma knjiga je ova knjiga (iskreno već sam izgubila nadu da će je Samizdat prevesti). Cela zbirka a posebno priča "Klopkari" je donela istu magiju koja je prisutna u romanu "Pred svetkovinu". Stanovnici Firstenfeldea su me kupili za ceo život, i volela bih još priča o njima. Poslednja priča "U ovoj vodi tone sve" je uspela da izazove i prvo ovogodišnje plakanje uz knjigu (hvala puno piscu!).
Hvala veliko Stanišiću za divne priče i nadam se da nećem
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Saša Stanišić
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wrote
Sägewerk: 4/5
Kasatschok: 4/5
Horwath: 5/5
Mo und ich: 5/5
Fabrik: 5/5
Ferienlager: 4/5
Fallensteller: 4/5
Gewässer: 4/5
Susanne
Selten trauen sich Autoren, ihrer Fantasie so derart freien Lauf zu lassen. Wenn sie es tun, ist es in den meisten Fällen nicht so gut, wie bei Stanisic. Ich bin noch nie einem Autor in den Wald gefolgt, um mit einer Hirschherde "eine Runde Fifa auf der X-Box zu spielen, und alle Hirsche wollen als FC Bayern spielen", der Oberhirsch heißt auch noch Dietmar, ganz ehrlich, das könnte mir kein anderer Autor unterjubeln, ohne dass ich das Buch zuschlagen und mich etwas anderem widmen würde. Aber bei ...more
Miloš Milivojević
First things first - ja nemam običaj da pišem reviewove, često zato što ne znam šta bih rekao, a još češće zato što su drugi ljudi sve to rekli bolje nego što bih ja to ikada mogao. Međutim, Vojnik je izuzetak, jer nekako imam osećaj da moram nešto da kažem posle ove knjige.

Knjigu sam dobio od voljene osobe (Jelena, hvala <3) i samim tim sam već i pre nego što sam je i započeo bio malo pod pritiskom da mi se dopadne. Pročitavši prvu rečenicu, shvatio sam da šanse da mi se ne svidi zapravo nij
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Weltschmerz
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: south-slavic
Ovo je možda najbolji savremeni roman sa naših prostora koji sam pročitala, možda zato što zapravo nije s naših prostora, pošto autor piše na nemačkom jeziku. Ovaj je roman već star, ali svakako mnogo poetički i stilski izbrušeniji, a i sadržajniji od onoga što se piše u regionu. O emocijama ne bih ovom prilikom, ali 😭.
Brenda Ayala
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Do me favor. Go back and read the synopsis for this. Then go through and read all the 5 star reviews. Each one, if you have the patience.

Know what you'll find? Lots of fluffy, pretty language, people saying how the author seamlessly weaves myth and truth together, maybe some stuff about how wonderful this book is.

Know what you won't find? A story. A plot. Any semblance of one, in fact. There's just no such thing here. We are getting ready for a feast, yes, but most of what happens in these tiny
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Chris
This book is one of those that are instant cover lover. It is also a good read.
A friend of mine who read the back cover said it sounds like a mixture of British comedy, Shirley Jackson, and Monty Python. (Yes, I know).
He’s not far off.
The witches’ brew works too.
The novel centers on a town in Germany that sits near two lakes. It is an old town with old traditions and old mysteries.
The difficult thing is that it is impossible to write a review without spoilers. The language is wonderful, s
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Colleen
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Stanisic writes of his boyhood growing up in Bosnia before and during the war, but it's not your typical "war story," rather it's a heart-wrenching, hilarious account of an imaginative childhood that happens to include a war. For those who have ever visited Bosnia or are from there, the sites, sounds, and people will strike a true chord that will leave you longing to return. The Drina features solidly in the book as well and it is probably the best love story about the river ...more
Mary
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2013, balkans
Stanišić beautifully captures the disjointed, nonsensical chaos of wartime in a darkly comical and endearing voice. I especially enjoyed the last third of the book. Anybody who has left their homeland only to return an accidental stranger will ache at Aleksander’s homecoming.
Jelena
Here I am with my brand new, hot off the press, classy edition of “Vor dem Fest”, the first book I ever preordered. That much about my enthusiasm.

A village in former (but still lingering) Eastern Germany, ein Nest, ein Kaff, with some few hundred souls and the night before Saint Anne. This is not the first time that an entire lifetime fits into one night and that this rigid, classic timeframe is bursting with irony (I had to think of Jebo sad hiljadu dinara). One lifetime is fairly understated
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Bojana
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mada mislim da to što se ova knjiga nalazi na dečjem odeljenju čačanske biblioteke pre ima veze sa ilustracijom na koricama, nego sa stručnom bibliotekarskom procenom sadržaja, ima nečeg baš iskreno dečjeg u njoj. U smislu da će vas podsetiti na letnje raspuste koje ste provodili kod babe i dede na selu (ako ste imali sreće da odrastate tako) i na sve one likove koji se tamo mogu sresti. Starosedeoci, došljaci, duhovi, džinovi, lisice, crkvena zvona, legende, tračevi, istorija i naravno lađar (k ...more
Mike W
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A unique novel that takes in a day in the lives of the residents of Furstenfelde, a tiny East German village with a well documented history going back hundreds of years. That history is interspersed with vignettes of daily modern life and the result is a metaphor laden, literary novel that at times takes on the feel of myth., and has an enjoyable thread of comedy woven throughout its pages.

Ulysses-like in its look at a village's single day and with the Paddy Dignam-esque death of the town ferrym
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Jelena
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ako bi se trebalo opredjeliti za onaj jedan jedinstveni utisak vezan za ovu pricu, meni se nekako sve tek naziralo kroz slojeve maglicastog, magicnog, nestvarnog, dalekog.
Ok, ima tu sjecanja, legendi i zapisa iz nekih davnih dana, ali ipak se glavna nit proteze kroz jednu noc ne tako davne i tesko zamislive 2012. To sto mi se cijela ova situacija nazirala tek kao kroz neku koprenu je u stvari samo davalo car cijelom citanju, posto na momente nisam znala bih li se radje vracala i iznova citala ne
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Burak Uzun
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Şenlikten Önce bir tablo roman. Tabloyu seyrederken her bir fırça darbesinin farklı bir hikâyesi, farklı bir karakteri olduğunu görüyorsunuz.

Kitap ölen bir kayıkçının bahsini açarak başlıyor, daha ilk sayfalarda kendine bağlıyor ama mevzu o kayıkçı ile devam etmiyor. Sizi bir köyün büyülü gerçekçi tarihçesini okuyormuşsunuz hissiyle bir hikâyeler denizine sürüklüyor.

Saša Stanišić ile tanıştığıma çok memnun oldum. Yayımlanmış bir kitabı daha varmış Türkçe'de. Onu da bulup okumalıyım.
Nika
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
„Fallensteller“ war mein erstes Buch des aus Bosnien und Herzegowina stammenden deutschsprachigen Schriftstellers, umso gespannter war ich auf den Text des Bestsellerautors. Als erstes fiel mir der Sprachstil des Autors auf. Stanišić spielt mit den Worten und Sätzen und häufig muss man als Leser über den Einfallsreichtum schmunzeln. Er vermittelt damit eine hohe sprachliche Sicherheit und schafft es, die Sprache der Komik und Tragik gekonnt zu inszenieren und zu verbinden. Noch nie habe ich so v ...more
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