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Schmetterling und Taucherglocke

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  51,699 ratings  ·  4,156 reviews
Ein Akt der Selbstbehauptung angesichts der totalen physischen Niederlage. Ein erschütterndes Selbstzeugnis, ein einzigartiges Stück Literatur und ein Buch, das Mut macht zum Leben.

Er war 43 Jahre alt, Vater zweier Kinder und erfolgreicher Redakteur, als ihn am 8.12.1995 ein Gehirnschlag all seiner bisherigen Lebensmöglichkeiten beraubte. Von diesem Tag an blieb er vollst
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. (first published 1997)
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Petra Eggs
Words flow like the images and emotions of poetry. One thought leads to another. The rambling mind touches like a butterfly, just long enough to draw the essence from a story, and then moves fluidly to another. Jean-Dominique Bauby's body was an immobile weighty shell; the diving bell his perfect simile. Yet in his head he roved the world and composed the words that would let us in. Intent on looking for the cure to let him move again, he moves forward in his final words "We must keep looking. I ...more
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know I will likely get flayed alive for rating this one so low, but I just can't see the worship behind it...

First, let me say that the "writing" of the book by someone in such a state is an amazing accomplishment and I dare not take that away from him. (For those that don't know, it was dictated by Jean-Dominique Bauby - former editor of the french Elle - who had a severe seizure and after damage to his brain stem, was diagnosed with locked in syndrome. The entire book was dictated, letter by
Gregory Baird
“Does it take the harsh light of disaster to show a person’s true nature?”

The situation is unimaginable: waking from a coma to find yourself trapped in your own body, able to think clearly and understand what is going on around you, but unable to partake in any of what transpires. It’s called “locked in syndrome,” and Jean-Dominique Bauby finds himself a victim of it when he awakes from a coma following a serious stroke that damaged his brain stem and left him almost totally paralyzed; he has
May 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prognosis: Man may be inspired and find beauty even at his own death bed.

But there is a question even Bauby asks himself: Does all of this a novel make?

No. (Not even a decent... anecdote?)

It is, however, testament of the prognosis which questions the central Meaning of Life question. Bauby finds personal beauty, even if he cannot do anything with it but blink it in code to his nurse since he is absolutely paralyzed.

But this is no Anne Frank, however. This is no beauty pertaining to a person tra
Huda Yahya

ربما تكون الحكاية عادية
رجل يصيبه شلل تام
لم يعد شيء يتحرك فيه سوى عينه اليسرى
الألوف يصابون بالشلل بمختلف أنواعه..
أليس كذلك..؟

هي حكاية رجل
مسجون داخل بذلة غوص هي جسده الذي يخنقه
يقيد روحه تارة .. ثم تتمرد الروح تارة أخرى لتحلق كفراشة

رجل حقيقي أيضا
فالكتاب سيرة ذاتية
سيرة أمليت بعين واحدة فقط

سيرة توفي صاحبها بعد إملائها ببضعة أيام

ليس ما أقوله شططا
فقد كان يمليها على محررته بأن تقرأ عليه الحروف حرفا حرفا
ويرمش هو عند كل حرف يريده
لتتشكل الكلمات ثم السطور

نعم .. هكذا كتب هذا الكتاب

لا تتوقع أن تجد بالكتاب شي
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
التواصل الانساني غاية في البساطة والجمال..... والصعوبة في بعض أحيان
يوميات الصحفي جون دومينيك يمتزج فيها الحزن والسخرية والحنين
كتبها بعد إصابته بمتلازمة المنحبس, وكأنه يُحرر أفكاره وذكرياته من سجن الجسد
لكن الأجمل هي رغبته في التواصل والإحساس بالحياة برغم حالته المرضية
Baker Shahal
ليست رواية بالمعنى الحرفي.. هي مذكرات المرض لرجل مصاب بـ متلازمة المنحبس ..

المصابون بهذا المرض يشعرون بكل أجزاء جسمهم لكنهم لا يستطيعون تحريك أي شيء من جسمهم، سوى رمش العين..
يصور الكاتب في كتابه هذا مشاعره إزاء ما يحيط به، فهو يعيش ويسمع ما يحيط به.. لكنه لا يستطيع المشاركة بشيء، لا يستطيع التعبير عن انزعاجه من البرنامج السخيف على التلفاز، ولا من الذبابة التي على أنفه، ولا أن يقول للممرض أن ظهره قد تيبس من هذه الوضعية..
استطاع الكاتب التواصل من خلال "الملاك الحارس" كما أسماها، وهي أخصائية الن
Will Byrnes
Jean-Dominique Baube, the forty-something editor of Elle magazine in Paris, husband, father, was stricken by a rare brain disease. After several weeks in a coma he awoke to find that he was a prisoner inside his own body, with control over only his left eye, and motion limited to twisting his head left and right, somewhat. Yet this man managed, with help, to not only maintain his sanity and his optimism, but his appreciation of beauty and his sense of humor. This is a case in which imagination i ...more
**spoiler alert**

In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the editor-in-chief of French Elle magazine, suffered a massive stroke to his brain stem which left him totally paralyzed and in a condition called locked-in syndrome. He could only move his left eyelid. For my part, I would have preferred to have died instantly than to have suffered what Mr. Bauby suffered. But we don't always get to choose, and to his credit he seems to have made the best of his situation. He did write this book after all, but on
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Locked-in-syndrome: totally paralyzed, unable to speak, but completely conscious.
I find it hard to imagine a condition that's worse than this one.
People who suffer a stroke, are at a risk to suffer from this condition (luckily, mostly not this bad).
Is there still dignity in a life like this?

The writer of this memoir, suffered from this condition, and was only able to move one eye. His left eye.
Needless to say this was a powerful read. Its popularity is partl
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
O carte scrisă literă cu literă, unde fiecare literă reprezintă o mișcare de pleoapă. O singură pleoapă spune povestea unui om zidit în propriul trup, al cărui suflet evadează în imaginație și în amintiri. Un suflet viu într-un trup (aproape) mort, afectat de locked-in syndrome.

Recomand această carte tuturor celor care se simt locked-in. Blocați în propriile vieți, incapabili să comunice cu cei din jur, care sunt la rândul lor prinși în capcană de propria existență, de propria rutină. Pentru că
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those seeking the perfect balance of sadness and beauty
Recommended to Cassy by: The movie, which I never watched but cost me $60 in Netflix fees
I won’t recommend reading this book while signing up for insurance. I started a job recently and was overwhelmed by the different ways I could insure myself and loved ones against horrible tidings. [The following are actual insurance plans. I couldn’t make these up.]
Benefits Department: Do you want life insurance?

Me: Yes! Someone should profit from my death. Party at the funeral home!

Benefits Department: Do you want supplement group variable universal life insurance?

Me: I could be worth $2.5 mil
This book involves 28 short stories, or you can say, pieces of memory from the former editor of French Elle magazine, Jean-Dominique Bauby, who was permanently paralyzed after a severe stroke. His only way of communication was by blinking his left eye and that was how he patiently spelled this book out. As he put it, and I firmly believed in him, that his main task was to "compose the first of these bedridden travel notes so that I shall be ready when my publisher's emissary arrives to take my ...more
Muhammad Shakhawat
‘ডাইভিং বেল’ হলো ডুবুরীদের সমুদরের গভীরে পাঠাবার বিশেষ এক বযবসথা। বাতাসকে কাজে লাগিয়ে অতযনত সরল এই যনতরটির বযবহার শুরু সমভবত অযারিসটটল এর সময়কাল থেকে। ছোটবেলায় গোসল করতে গেলে পরায়ই একটা খেলা খেলতাম। মগের ভেতর শুকনো গামছা দলা পাকিয়ে ভরে মগটিকে উপুড় করে বালতির পানিতে চাপ দিয়ে দিয়ে ভেতরে ঠেলতাম। মগের পুরোটাই পানির তলায় চলে গেলেও ভেতরের গামছায় পানির সপরশও লাগতোনা, কারণ মগের ভেতরের বাতাস পানিকে ভেতরে ঢুকতে দেয়না। এই একই কারযপরনালী বযবহার করেই ডাইভিং বেল তৈরী করা। ঘনটা আকৃতির নিচের দিকে খোলা এই যনতরতে ...more
Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me-moirs
I just saw the movie adaptation last Friday, the day before my father-in-law passed away: perhaps not the best time, but I'm the type of person who refuses to get myself out of my mood, but prefers to dwell on my feelings. I actually found the movie much darker than the book itself, which I read when it first came out in English. As the book's from his perspective, we are spared the experience of the silence and loneliness he is encased in. The movie, in contrast, depicts just how terrifying and ...more
Abrar Alarjan
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europe-novels
في الحقيقة المشجع الأكبر ،هو الدار ،دار مسكيلياني، فمن يترجم لديهم غالبًا ترجمتهم بالفعل رائعة وتدهشني .

أما الرغبة الثانية لقراءة هذا الرواية الشبيهة نوعا ما بسيرة ذاتية ،هومقاومة الأمراض ،دائما أبحث عنه حتى ولو كان المرض جديدًا علي ولم أعرفه ،أود أن أعرف ماهي وجهة نظر المريض تجاه المرض وكيف هي مشاعره إزاءه .

أخيرًا فكرة الرواية أسرة جدًا ،وأتسائل هل شُفِي جون من مرضه ؟
لم يخبرنا بذلك المترجم ،أتمنى أن يقول ذلك في طبعات أخرى لهذه الرواية .

ثم إننا نحن القراء ،يتوجب علينا أن نقرأ المعوذات ثلاثًا ون
Fayez Ghazi فايز غازي
- هناك مقولة متداولة في معظم مجتمعاتنا "ما حدا مات ورجع خبّر"(بالفصحى: لم يمت احد ويعود لإخبارنا ما الذي وجده).. لكن في هذه الرواية فالموت جسدي مع تواجد الروح بداخله، والكاتب بعد هذا "الموت"عاد وأخبرنا برمش عينه الأيسر عما كان وعما تغير وعن الذي يحدث معه في "بذلة غوصه" في جسده المشلول الميت بالقوة والفعل.

- النصوص مؤلمة، بعضها عادي، بعضها يظهر الجانب الثقافي المميز للكاتب.. لكن هذا الكتاب لا يمكن الحكم عليه كغيره لأنه تجربة حياتية فريدة من نوعها رغم الوضع المأساوي!..
Odai Al-Saeed
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ما تختزله هذه الرواية القصيرة من الخيال والقصص يكاد يفوق صفحاتها المائة والعشرون ..... وكأن الألم والإحساس بالمفارقة هو من صنع الفارق
رواية تفرغ منك ولا تفرغ منها يكاد هاجس السحر في طياتها ينبع بالفعل من كونها كتبت برمش العين اليسرى فالمفارق ليس له أداة تعبير غيرها ولا حيلة له سوى تلك الحكايا التي سوف ينسجها من ذكرى الماضي وخياله الأفاق..... لم تخلو صفحة من معلومة ثقافية تثري الخاطر.....رواية تستحق الثناء
إضافة لمن أراد أن يشاهد الفلم وهو يستحق المشاهدة :
the diving bell and the butterfly
Jul 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who thinks they might be in danger of taking life for granted
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: Jon
When I first heard about it I did not think it would be the sort of thing I would be interested in reading and definately not the sort of thing I would be interested in watching (having heard it had recently been turned into a film). One of my best friends, a man who is a great deal more sensitive and open minded than I could ever hope to be asked me if i'd read it. "A book about a man who wrote the book by blinking one eyelid?" I asked. "But I like the Die Hard Quadrology, 300 and Wilbur Smith ...more
Aug 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
This is one of those books where the story behind the story was more interesting to me than the book itself. For those who don't know, Jean-Dominique Bauby (the former editor-in-chief of French Elle) had a stroke in his mid 40s that left him with a body entirely paralyzed but a mind fully intact. This is referred to as locked-in syndrome, a condition that, in the author's words, is "like a mind in a jar."

The one part of his body that Bauby could move was his left eyelid. Remarkably, he was able
Mar 05, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Richard and Judy viewers
this is quite an achievement .
the writer a quadraplegic with locked in syndrome who died shortly after the publication of this book mangages to make himself into a totally unsympathetic character .
i really disliked this book i suppose because it has gained such an good reputation . this is mis-lit at its worst .
the author is completely self obsessed perhaps unsurprisingly and the profundity is not much above that found in a Hallmark card . it seems that the things the author misses most are his
Steven Godin
Anyone that is able to get through this without showing the slightest bit of emotion is not a human being. A remarkable story of a remarkable man, so full of life one minute and reduced to movement in one eye the next, a haunting, harrowing look inside the mind of a person with locked-in syndrome you would think this would end up as a rant of anger and "why did this happen to me", but his dignified manner and spirit was truly inspirational and caught me out at just how uplifting it would turn ou ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
موضوع خیلی جالبی داشت و وقتی فکر میکردی که واقعی هست و خب تعمیم میدادیاش به آدمهای دیگه غمگین میشد. اما خیلی از نظر ادبی جذاب نبود برای من ولی زیباییهای خاص خودش رو هم داشت. ماجرا و خاطرات فردی که فلج شده و توی بیمارستان هست. سردبیر مجلهای درباره فشن در فرانسه که حالا توی بیمارستان افتاده و از طریق یک همراه و فقط با پلک زدن این کتاب رو دیکته کرده. خودندش ولی لازمه. بعدش فکر میکنی که چقد خوشبختی که سالمی و با دیدگاه فردی توی اون موقعیت آشنا میشی. ...more
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it in an afternoon and it is, in one word, beautiful.

This book was, for me, about the simple things we often overlook, mostly because we're too busy and don't take the time to actually look, but also because seeing takes a particular state of mind, it requires an openness, that is not always easy to come by.

Jean-Dominique definitely had the time to observe the world, and the immensity of the strength, courage and determination it took to put a fraction of those things onto paper is enou
حرصت على إقتناء الكتاب فقط تقديرا وإجلالاً لـ ( إرادة ) المؤلف الجبارة
.. كيف لا وهو من أصر على تأليف كتابه هذا بالكامل في عقله وأملاه حرفاً بحرف ( برمشة ) من عينه اليسرى وهي العضو الوحيد الذي لازال يمكنه التحكم فيه بعد إصابته بشلل كامل إثر جلطة !!؟ وكانت مساعدته ( كلود مندي بيل ) هي من أملا عليها الكتاب حيث كانت تتلو عليه الأحرف ويرمش عند الحرف المراد .. كان هذا في سن الثالثة والاربعين وتوفي بعد ثلاثة أيام من نشر الكتاب
هذه صورته وهو يرقد في المستشفى ويملي كتابه

هذا وحده كان كافيا لإقتناء الكتا
Dr Osama
ينقل الكتاب معاناة رجل فرنسي كان يعمل مديرا لتحرير مجلة شهيرة، أصيب الرجل بما يشبه الجلطة التي أدت إلى إصابة جميع جسده بالشلل ماعدا عينه اليسرى التي بقت سليمة ومكنته من التواصل مع الآخرين من خلال تحريك رمشه بطريقة خاصة. نقل الكاتب أفكاره وخواطره وآلامه وحتى سخريته من خلال إملاء الكلمات باستخدام رفة عينه وتحريك رموشه لتهجي حروف الكلمات بطريقة معقدة. الكتاب ممتع وحزين ولكن ينقصه الوضوح حيث وجدت نفسي مشتتا في كثير من الأحيان وغير قادر على فهم بعض النقاط المتعلقة بالثقافة الفرنسية التي كثيرا ما اشار ...more
Timothy Urges
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

More than an alphabet, it is a hit parade in which each letter is placed according to the frequency of its use in the French language.

Imagine being incapable of movement or speech and finding the only way to communicate is by blinking your left eye. Jean-Dominique Bauby wrote The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, via a transcriber after suffering a major stroke, one blink at a time.

The only thing Bauby has left is his mind, so he uses it.

A Small Book with a Big Soul

Jean-Dominique Bauby's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" is a small book composed of many big wonders. Primary among this book's extraordinary qualities is the fact that Bauby, a former editor in chief of the world-famous French Elle, was able to "write" it at all. after suffering a stroke to his brain stem and spending 20 days in a coma, Bauby regained command of a nearly clairvoyant intellect but lost all authority over his body. The sole physical function he ret
Dania Abutaha
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اعتقد من اروع ما قرات...لا تحتاج الى تقييم كيف نقيم معاناه انسانيه في هذا ظلم له..لكني ساقيم ارادته بخمس نجوم كامله...يسجن المريض داخل نفسه...بروح سليمه و رفيف جفن ايسر ! صالح لجميع انواع الاتصال...اصبحت بذله الغوص اقل ضيقا و يمكن للروح ان تتسكع كفراشه...جسد لم يلازمنى الا ليذيقني الالم...يشعرني ذلك بارتداد طفولي كامل بلذه محيره...من حسن الحظ اني لا املك الوقت لاغراقي في الكابه....شعريه الالعاب الذهنيه...هل تصبح طقطقه عود ثقاب رغبه حقيقيه لكنها بذات الخياليه تمر بسرعه كغيمه ...صوت مبحوح ا ت من ا ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-biography
This was a difficult read with regards to subject matter, but not when it comes to writing style. Jean-Dominique Bauby, the former editor of the French edition of “Elle” magazine, was paralyzed after a huge stroke. It’s amazing to me that he dictated this book letter by letter by blinking one eyelid, the only part of his body that wasn’t paralyzed. The fact that he managed to keep his brain engaged and alive given his situation is a miracle. This book is heartbreaking, insightful, and so uplifti ...more
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Jean-Dominique Bauby was a well-known French journalist and author and editor of the French fashion magazine, ELLE.
On December 8, 1995 at the age of 43, Bauby suffered a massive stroke. When he woke up twenty days later, he found he was entirely speechless; he could only blink his left eyelid. This rare condition is called Locked-in Syndrome, a condition wherein the mental faculties are intact but
“I need to feel strongly, to love and admire, just as desperately as I need to breathe.” 98 likes
“The memory of that event has only just come back to me, now doubly painful: regret for a vanished past and, above all, remorse for lost opportunities. Mithra-Grandchamp is the women we were unable to love, the chances we failed to seize, the moments of happiness we allowed to drift away. Today it seems to me that my whole life was nothing but a string of those small near misses: a race whose result we know beforehand but in which we fail to bet on the winner.” 69 likes
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