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Ein Gott der Frechheit

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In Sten Nadolnys Roman ist Hermes, Gott der Kreuzwege und der Nacht, der Diebe und Kaufleute, der Held. Nach über 2000jähriger Gefangenschaft wird er vom neurotischen Technologie-Gott Hephäst befreit. Der erste Mensch, der ihm nach seiner Befreiung auf Santorin begegnet, ist die junge Helga aus Stendal in Sachsen-Anhalt, für die sich Hermes gleich entflammt. Diese befindet ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Piper Taschenbuch (first published 1994)
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May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A clever book that I recently read for the second time, the first being shortly after it was translated into English in the 1990s. While the ending is a little shaky, the rest of the book is so imaginative and fun it can be forgiven - trying to tie up ends of story-lines belonging to the gods can't be an easy task. The themes of life, love, work, and man's lust for technologies are still just as true 20 years after the book's publication.
Wm. A.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun book. I'm not completely fluent in German, but it was easier to read than most German novels I've read. Fast-moving, original, and humorous.
Sep 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yep, here’s another novel about Greek Gods mucking about in modern times … except for one thing. This German translation was published about ten years before the current glut of mythological fiction. It’s also a good deal smarter and more creative than its more mainstream English brethren – which isn’t to say it’s not without its faults. The story and the characters are, well, they’re rather weak (or, as the New York Times brilliantly phrased it: “Nadolny's spoof of modern civilization doesn't t ...more
Generally, I adore Greek mythology. Reading about how the gods interact with each other and mortals can while away many an hour. They’re like fairy tales, only the moral teachings in them are meant for adults rather than naughty children.

But this story was a little flat for me, mainly because most of the dealings involved bored, shifty or crazed immortals. When humans entered the story, they functioned mostly as flesh puppets for whatever god or goddess happened to be riding them at the time. On
Glen Engel-Cox
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon
Comic stories about gods walking among present day mortals are nothing new. The classic is Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," but there are several exemplary twentieth century works, including my personal favorite, Thorne Smith's The Night Life of the Gods, and some of Tom Holt's recent fantasies. And it is easy to understand why the combination is popular--the author gets to comment on the foibles of mortality from an omniscient viewpoint without having to worry about going through any ...more
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had an interesting premise (Greek gods still around in the late 20th century, living as mortals) but not a very interesting execution. At least, I didn't find it very engaging. I kept loosing track of the action, and that was mainly because I wasn't that interested. There were witty moments and astute observations, but the overall thread didn't make me want to keep reading quickly. Some ideas of what the gods were up to didn't jive with mythology, at least my understanding of it. The a ...more
Nicole Lungeanu
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, mythology
Bin ich die Einzige die den Sinn von Helga's Part nicht verstanden hat? So sehr ich Hermes liebe, und er war wirklich ganz lustig dargestellt, als lüsternen Gott habe ich ihn mir nun wirklich nicht vorgestellt. Alles in allem war die Geschichte manchmal etwas schwer zu verfolgen. Leide wurden meine Erwartungen nicht übertroffen und ich geben der Geschichte nur 2 Sterne. Schade, man hätte echt was Gutes daraus zaubern können...
Apr 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hermes gets stuck in a mountain and wakes up in our time. Hijinks ensue.

The author is trying to make a lot of commentary of modern society...but sometimes I find his commentary inaccurate. He continues the tradition of modern authors pairing Hermes and Athena romantically. I mean I'm all for it, but I do find it peculiar.
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
I feel like alot got lost in translation.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fiction, fantasy
Loopy story about how the Great God Hermes is freed from the volcano Zeus trapped him in thousands of years ago, and finds himself exploring the modern world.
Original, unique. A bit too complex in places.
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Leto 1990. Po več kot 2000 letnem ujetništvu na grškem otoku Hermes končno postane svoboden. Osvobodi ga ravno njegov nasprotnik Hefajst, bog, ki v sodobnem svetu podleže napredku tehnologije. Osvobodi ga z upanjem, da mu bo z njegovo pomočjo uspelo uničiti človeštvo. Prvi človek, ki ga Hermes sreča, je lepa Helga, ki je Hefajstova hči. Sledi ji na vsakem koraku, tudi na križarjenju preko Atlantika. Med popotovanjem ne spozna le svoje izvoljenke, temveč tudi nove napredke in spremembe v svetu v ...more
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Sten Nadolny, (born 29 July 1942, in Zehdenick, Province of Brandenburg) is a German novelist. His parents, Burkhard and Isabella Nadolny, were also writers.

His best known work is "The Discovery of Slowness" (1987; originally published in 1983 as "Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit"), a fictionalized meditation on the life and lessons of British Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin. A pre-publication por
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