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Day In Day Out

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  134 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
In a scruffy park of a West European metropolis, a man in an ill-fitting trench coat is found hanging by the feet, half-dead. This is Abel Nema, the enigmatic yet fascinating protagonist of Terézia Mora's internationally acclaimed novel, a linguistic phenomenon who can speak ten languages flawlessly but whose grip on reality is slowly slipping away.

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Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Harper Perennial (first published 2004)
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Dazessin
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: immerwaehrend
"das unerhörte ist alltäglich geworden".. zitat aus dem titelgebenden gedicht alle tage von ingeborg bachmann. wo soll ich anfangen, um die großartigkeit dieses romans zu beschreiben? der irgendwo aus dem südöstlichen europa stammende abel nema irrt traumatisiert durch eine deutsche großstadt und ist unverortbar für die menschen, die ihn kennen- und liebenlernen. so wie abel irrte auch ich durch dieses rhizomatische textgflecht, habe mich nicht selten in den wunderschönen sätzen terezias moras v ...more
Julia
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abel Nema, the main character of this novel by Hungarian-born Terezia Mora, is one of the most fascinating acquaintances I've recently met(even in books): He's forced to leave his country (ex-Yugoslavia?) and comes to a foreign city (Berlin?) where he starts a new life with the help of strangers. People are fascinated by him, they feel attracted to the black-clad quiet beautiful young man who spends all his nights in a language laboratory to perfect his ten languages. And he succeeds: He's fluen ...more
Sylvia
Jan 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesegruppe
Naja, noch so ein Buch, am dem ich jetzt schon länger rumkaue. Auch dieses definitiv nicht für Leser geschrieben, sondern eher für Literaturkritiker. In diesem fall haben mich Handlung und Sprache gleich wenig angesprochen und ich bleibe zum Schluss ratlos zurück mit der frage:" was wollte die Autorin damit wohl sagen?" Falls es jemand weiß, darf er es mir gerne erklären.
Andrea
Dec 31, 2007 rated it did not like it
I tried very hard to like this book. It has a quirky, poetic style to it that I appreciate. However, it was unreadable for me because the characters were so distant and inaccessable that I didn't care what happened to them. Maybe I should be more sophisticated. I had to stop about halfway through-- very rare.
Vanessa
One of the most fascinating and unwieldly books I've ever read...
daba
Mar 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in-german
Alle Tage is the first novel of Terezia Mora, a hungarian author living in Berlin. Reading it feels like reading like a long, long poem. The language is very prowerful and there are strong images. Sometimes I got lost in the beauty of words and mildly confused in terms of the story which seems to be part of the concept... The story is about Abel Nema a young man who flees a war and is searching for a place he feels home. After an accident he is able to learn languages very fast which doesn't mea ...more
Stevie
Sep 26, 2008 is currently reading it
My bf gave me this book as a present and I have been forcing myself for over a year to try and read this book but find it slow, a bit boring and overly complicated. But I hear it gets good after the first third, if you can get get through the first third. Jeremy Cowie read it and I think he like it. I will read some day.
Phyllis
Aug 25, 2011 is currently reading it
Shelves: fiction
I was about to give up on this one as well, but last night I passed page 100 and have finally started to become interested. As often happens, I was intrigued by the blurb, by a main character who is fluent in 10 languages but having difficulty with the rest of his life. It seems to me that the story is about to begin and I'm hoping....
Steve
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Slowly paced, but very worthwhile read from a remarkable author. She reminds me of Herta Muller in her slightly off-kilter wit and deadpan prose. If the hallucinatory climax was a little over-the-top and incongruous in comparison with the rest of the writing, I felt the author did a fine job of describing the identity crisis of multicultural Europe.
Brygmi Jane
Aug 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, fiction
I think that the biggest problem is czech translation. It could be virtuosity of language in German original but in translation is a lot of sentences really halting and not easy to read. So yes sometimes was pleasure to read (Abel Nema is fascinating person) but sometimes is was kind of boring. So looooong description...
Isa
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very! well written, although infested with some terrible, terrible cliches. In particular, the book starts and ends incredibly well, in between, still very good, but tainted by strangely hackneyed topoi.
Susu
Die Idee der Geschichte ist an sich interessant und klingt verlockend. Ich fand aber die Schreibweise der Autorin etwas mühsam und es fiel mir schwer, dem zu folgen. die Handlung ist sprunghaft zerteilt und insgesamt wirkt das Ganze für mich etwas asugewalzt.
Thomas
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Wir könnten ohne Zweifel bis in alle Ewigkeit so weitermachen, was, abgesehen davon, dass es sterbenslangweilig ist, zu einem ganz und gar absehbaren und immer demselben Ergebnis führen würde: zu nichts."
Jan
May 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Het boek moge in Duitsland opgehemeld zijn, ik heb het lezen ervan plichtmatig tot een saai saaier saaist einde gebracht. De eventuele navolgbaarheid van de verhaallijn heeft mijn ziel niet bereikt.
Ben
Jan 26, 2008 rated it liked it
A strange, quirky read. Difficult to rate; I think I liked it, but I could easily read it a second time and hate it, and a third time and love it.
Zuzana
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
ufffff, konečně jsem dočetla... neskutečný oříšek. Tři hvězdy za styl a formu, obsahově jsem obzvlášť v poslední čtvrtině knihy přestávala vnímat.
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