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De halfbroer

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Scenarioschrijver Barnum Nilsen bezoekt met zijn vriend en manager Peder het filmfestival in Berlijn. Terwijl Peder deals probeert te sluiten, geeft Barnum zich in zijn hotel over aan zijn drankzucht. Ontmoetingen met filmproducenten gaat hij liever uit de weg. Het bericht dat zijn verdwenen halfbroer Fred na jaren weer is thuisgekomen, ontketent zijn verteldrang. Een werv ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published March 3rd 2005 by De Geus (first published 2001)
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Tea Jovanović
Sjajan roman sa zlosrećnom sudbinom u Srbiji... Najpre sam ja kupila prava za Narodnu knjigu i napustila ih pre objavljivanja knjige... Onda je vlasnik prava zbog neplaćanja oduzeo prava NK i dao ih drugom malom izdavaču koji nije imao snagu da je marketinški isprati kako treba... Toplo je preporučujem... Skandinavci imaju sjajnu književnost...
Manny

Terrific novel about failure. Some of the scenes will stay with you for ever... I promise you will not be able to look at a discus again in the same way. I don't really know Norwegian, but I persevered and got through it in the original. He has a wonderful style.
João Carlos

Lars Saabye Christensen (n. 1953)

“Meio-Irmão” do norueguês Lars Saabye Christensen (n. 1953) é uma história assombrosa de quatro gerações de uma singular família norueguesa – numa narrativa filtrada pela mente de Barnum Nilsen.
A história que tem início em 1945, no final da 2º Guerra Mundial, na cidade de Oslo, é narrada por Barnum, o membro mais novo da família Nilsen, em que ficamos a conhecer Vera, a sua mãe, Boletta, a sua avó, e a “Velha”, a sua bisavó; três mulheres, com relações mútuas ine
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Felice
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just about the time when Scandinavian mystery novels were starting to set the world on fire, a regular old non-mystery and therefore under the radar Norwegian novel, The Half Brother was published here in the U.S. This wonderfully chubby (really it's uber chubby at almost 800 pages) novel, winner of the 2001 Nordic Prize, is the story of 4 generations of an extended Norwegian family. The Oslo's are a family of drunks, con-artists, mutes and charmers all able to stumble through life seemingly onl ...more
Кремена Михайлова
Още една хубава норвежка книга. Много се радвам, че я прочетох (първа среща с автора). Когато я взех от библиотеката, изобщо не бях сигурна, че ще я започна и завърша. Но реших да пробвам и на първите страници разбрах, че ще се чете (не винаги ми се четат 730 страници).

Още в началото ме заинтригува – първо с особеното описание на „случая“ с Вера и изобщо на трите жени – внучка, дъщеря, баба, а по-късно с препратките към сънародника на Кристенсен - Кнут Хамсун. При появата на Арнолд като възрасте
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Bruno
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Più libri così, per favore!

Una gigantesca epopea famigliare ambientata in Norvegia tra il 1945 e la fine degli anni novanta. Temi fondamentali sono il tempo, l'assenza, i luoghi d'appartenenza, i rapporti famigliari, la menzogna. Barnum Nilsen, protagonista e narratore, infatti, è uno sceneggiatore, uno che con la fantasia ci lavora per professione e in quanto tale è estremamente inaffidabile.

Spargo la polvere del racconto e lascio che fiorisca nella bocca di tutti come un bouquet fiorito dell
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Calzean
I really enjoyed this one. To me it was an intelligent The World According to Garp.
A book of mysteries, men missing, strong women, brutal men, boxing, alcoholism, coincidences, bullying, black humour, film, books and people who have physical challenges (fat, short, disfigurement). It's a long book, with long paragraphs and with immense imagery. I'll miss the world that the author produced.
Barnum the narrator, his con man father, his brooding brother, his loving mother, grandmother and the Old On
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Issicratea
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 1990-2010
I have a distinct penchant for long novels (in the last six months, I have read The Luminaries and The Goldfinch and reread Middlemarch), but I’m not sure I ever remember reading a novel that felt quite as long as The Half-Brother. By the end I felt as if I had lived through the childhood and adolescence of the protagonist, Barnum Nilsen, in real time.

That’s not at all to suggest that I didn’t enjoy this novel. It’s an easy and pleasant read for the most part, and often very striking, though it
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Lorenzo Berardi
This is an astonishing and generally underrated novel set up in post World War II Oslo.
Before the discovering of oil in the North Sea. Before Statoil came. Before Norway became a rich and wealthy country.

The Half Brother may be considered the Norwegian answer to "The Tin Drum".
Lars Saabye Christensen is masterful in narrating the growth of the two brothers Barnum and Fred (the last one meaning "peace" in Norwegian). The dislessical, pugnacious Fred is a marvellous negative character who takes h
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Anne
Aug 10, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considered by some a masterpiece, this book is tough-sledding to read. Huge in pages, it chronicles the disjointed activities of one very eccentric Norwegian family over several decades, beginning with a rape in 1945. The epicenter of the Nilsen family hurricane is the passive, yet taut relationship between the two half-brothers, Fred and Barnum (who is also the narrator). The book is often chronologically incoherent, and frequently borders on the surreal. However, there is a tension that compel ...more
Kaloyana
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Една голяма книга във всеки смисъл на думата. Голяма книга, за голямото, трудно, тъжно и тежко нещо наречено живот. Онзи, който може понякога и да ни радва.



Но радостта рядко е щастлива. Животът не е само големи шапки и бавни валсове. Животът е умението да чакаш онези, които никога няма да се върнат.

Да чакаш напразно е като да отложиш живота.

Едно нещастие винаги води до друго. Това е съдба. Като зараза е.

Смъртта е лоша реклама за един цирк.

Няма нищо такова като пълно щастие и именно затова хорат
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osoi
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Она затворяется в молчании и остаётся нема ещё восемь месяцев и тринадцать дней. «Только не забудь выпустить голубя» были её последними словами.

С этой фразы началось мое восхождение на гору по имени «Полубрат». Весом в семьсот страниц, длиной в два с половиной месяца и двумя записями в библиотечной карточке.
Взявшись за эту книгу, я была воодушевлена, да и Nordisk Råds litteraturpris — это не хухры-мухры. После первых десяти-двадцати страниц мне захотелось закрыть книгу и больше никогда не откры
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Hannah Cecilie Brænden
Skildringer som er så enkle men som sier så mye, alt er svevende og drømmende og ekte. En bok der alt står mellom linjene. Hvis jeg skulle skrevet en bok skulle jeg skrevet den akkuratt som denne.
мини тяло
Oще преди да завърша Полубрат, ми става пределно ясно, че няма да е последната ми среща с прозата на Кристенсен, че тепърва ще го откривам, ще откривам и себе си чрез него - някои забравени кътчета, някои скрити места по себе си, понеже - мисля си - никога не се научаваме напълно. Никога не се опознаваме изцяло.

Полубрат е роман за тези игри на криеница с аз-а.
(А какво съвпадение, че никът ми в един култов музикален сайт - пък Кристенсен е и музика, освен всичко - е hide and seek.))

Започвам Крист
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Thea
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Кристенсен пише тази книга десет години. Аз я чета два пъти.

Първият път съм на шестнайсет. Опознавам я цялата за няколко дни, разполовени между малката ми детска стая с плаката на Париж над леглото и едно море край Варна. Барнум Нилсен ми обяснява много неща. Заобичвам го. (Това е и времето, когато независимо от книгата започвам да се научавам да пропуквам света си. Често по грозен начин.)

Вторият път. Сега. Няколко бавни седмици между август и септември, докато лятото се претопява в дъжд. Прегръ
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Elena Anikina
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Семейная сага по-норвежски - это много одиноких и странных персонажей, у каждого из которых вагон комплексов, проблем и страхов. Это и трагедия и комедия и большое количество тайн, которые так и остались без ответа.
А ещё Норвегия каких-то 60 лет назад была совсем небогатой страной...
Michael Potter
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[This review originally appeared in Issue #12 of "The Cambridge Book Review."]

Winner of the 2002 Nordic Prize for Literature, Lars Saabye Christensen's epic about a Norwegian family living in Oslo in the wake of Nazi occupation, has achieved major critical acclaim and commercial success wherever it has been published. Having conquered more than twenty countries to date, Christensen's The Half Brother (translated from the Norwegian by Kenneth Steven) is now poised to take North America in true Vi
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Susan
I liked this book at the very beginning, with the minute telling of the women's story, then on to Arnold's story, but then it went on to Barnum's story, and on and on and on and on. Barnum had the longest childhood of any character I can remember, and, as his story progressed, I liked him less and was interested in him less. I was disappointed in the ending because it left so many things hanging. (view spoiler) ...more
Monica Co
Major themes here are fraternal love and friendship; the story takes place in Oslo (Norway) between 1945 and late 70s, within a family which goes through a series of dramas that statistically are not likely to happen in a single household.

Overall, I liked the characters, but I found the story too unrealistic. But the thing that annoyed me was the writing style, that I found too wordy and prolix. Even minor details are depicted with a depth that I found sometime irritating.

If the author had kept
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Stine
Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On every page this writer creates hope and believe in my heart. And because of this I could never be sure, even though I knew from the first page. I loved it!
Георги Томов
Страхотна книга. Лично аз считам обаче, че ако подклаждаш напрежението с някакви загадки (въпроси) - то дължиш на читателя и отговорите. А това което е в повече - 100 страници от последните 200.
Ingrid Verschelling
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, scandie
De Halfbroer
van de Noorse auteur Lars Saabye Christensen is het verhaal van de twee halfbroers Fred en Barnum. De verteller van het verhaal heet Barnum. Die naam vond de dominee zo raar, dat hij hem niet wilde dopen. Maar Barnum’s vader heeft een goede reden voor zijn keus. Als jonge man verliet hij zijn huis op de Lofoten en ging werken bij een circus. Hier leerde hij van de circusdirecteur een grote wijsheid: Barnum maakte de wereld tot zijn circus. Hij wilde de wereld laten lachen en laten da
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Christoffer
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Christensen tegner et godt bilde av en familie på femti-tallet. Stemningen er god, man simpelthen kjenner lukten av tørkeloft og gamle vegger, og bildene Christensen maler er klare som krystall. Likevel er historien mangelfull på viktige punkter. Hva er det egentlig Christensen ønsker å fortelle? Hvor er det han vil? Historien vikles inn i tråder som sant nok gir romanen liv, men som likevel dekker til den røde tråden.
Bára Bryndís
Þrátt fyrir frábæran stíl nær þessi bók ekki til mín. Líklega mest vegna þess að ég kann oft illa að meta sögur sagðar frá sjónarhorni barna en eins er einhver ósannur tónn í þessari bók. Einhver tilgerð. En mun samt klára :-)
Karoline Roald
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books of all time!!
Jenny Sparrow
Мучила долго. Местами затягивало, местами отвращало. Про детство героев читать было интересно, но взрослые главы эффект "убили". В общем, книга оставила смутные ощущения.
Barbara Wahl
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arrivata a pagina 690, a poco dalla fine, devo proprio scrivere qualche cosa del libro, un libro come non avevo più la pazienza di leggerne da anni, un fiume; non solo per la lunghezza, certo, ma anche perché ha una sorgente, e la conosciamo sin dai primi capitoli (stupendo capitolo "la soffitta", fissato per sempre come immagine bellissima e dolorosa di una violenza irreparabile: un filo per stendere i panni, un vestito estivo, un colombo; e noi, che ci siamo stati proprio quel giorno nella sof ...more
Ta
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ja wiem, że to bestseller, hit, literackie wydarzenie etc. Ale dla mnie to połączenie "Blaszanego bębenka", z "Błękitnym aniołem", łamane przez "Katz und Maus" również Grassa. A że Grassa nie cierpię jak białego salcesonu, toteż i do tej książki nie zapałałam namiętnością i brnięcie przez te 900 stron było sporą udręką. Powiem tak, jak ktoś lubi dysfunkcyjne rodziny z wadami genetycznymi (lub w tym wypadku niedoborem hormonu wzrostu – możemy spojrzeć na głównego bohatera, że to taki Leo Messi po ...more
Matt Mayevsky
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
Półbrat, to druga z kilkudziesięciu przeczytanych w ciągu ostatniego roku książka (pierwsza; Traktat o łukaniu fasoli Myśliwskiego), którą zaliczam do klasy mistrzowskiej. Warty odnotowania jest sposób narracji, mieszający czas przeszły z teraźniejszym (co ciekawe, ten ostatni nie przyspiesza akcji, lecz wyciska z niej soczyste wrażenia). Christensen napisał z pozoru prostą, "bezapelacyjnie" błyskotliwą powieść, (nasuwa mi się na myśl "Świat według Garpa" Johna Irvinga), która zawiesza się w pam ...more
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Lars Saabye Christensen is a gifted storyteller, a narrator who is imaginative, but equally down to earth. His realism alternates between poetic image and ingenious incident, conveyed in supple metropolitan language and slang that never smacks of the artificial or forced. His heroes possess a good deal of self-irony. Indeed, critics have drawn parallels with the black humour of Woody Allen. But be ...more
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“We do not disappear without a trace. We leave a wake that never quite disappears, a gash in time that we so laboriously leave behind us.” 11 likes
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