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Love Today: Stories

3.01  ·  Rating details ·  95 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Now in paperback, the extraordinary English language debut from the critically acclaimed writer Maxim Biller, whose “gossamer fictions may remind you of narrative poems in their ability to simultaneously elude and haunt you” (Francine Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine).

• A writer on the verge of international acclaim: maxim Biller’s work received raves when it was published in
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Simon & Schuster (first published March 31st 2007)
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Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
As with nearly every other book of short stories I've tried to read since graduating college (where this sort of reading was required), I did not get through this whole collection. Every story simply made me more and more frustrated, with its lack of coherent plot or recognizable ending. That might be my biggest issue with short stories as a genre: most writers don't know how to write with a complete story arc. The medium is so short that they never hit a proper climax or, if they do, they don't ...more
I dare say that this book isn't necessarily about how LOVE is today, but more or less how crazy relationships have become between people. Mostly due to a couple's physical relationship. Where is the love? I know there are billions of different types of love, but I could not find barely any in this book. I think it also bothered me that all of the short stories were from the male perspective. I kept wanting to hear what the intriguing female character's thoughts were, and that was about when each ...more
Řehoř Samsa
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obyčejné lásky: měl bych pár povídek ze svého života, které bych mohl přidat. Tragikomické partnerské situace někde na pokraji rozchodu nebo těsně po něm, nezvykle přesná míra vzájemného neporozumění a odcizení; život bez příkras. (A za zdí, tak metr od mé hlavy, právě symbolicky skončilo extatické cvičení).


Opravdu, je to vždycky stejné. Nakonec na nich vyčerpaně ležím, bez chuti je líbám na krk a tisknu v objetí, ačkoliv to nemám rád, a pak se jdu umýt, a když se chtějí umýt ony, jsem troc
Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
I really love how Biller portrayed emotions in this book without actually describing emotions. Just from the scene, the simple thoughts, the actions and interactions of the characters, I felt a connection and I could feel what they were feeling. Some stories were heart wrenching. Some disturbing. A few were confusing and at least one was just plain weird. I was looking for a book about down and dirty love, the twists and feelings and complications, not the fairytale naive romantic type. And this ...more
Maxim Biller’s Love Today dissects the inner workings of romantic relationships, specifically focusing on the ending of relationships or on those that ended before they even begun. Biller deftly explores the dynamics of breaking up when you’re not sure you want to, breaking up when you’re not sure you want to but you have to, mental illness and depression, jealousy and politics, and the recreation of past experiences while rebounding. With a melancholic tone throughout, Biller negotiates compati ...more
Michelle Smitherman
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: realists
This is my favorite book, a very well written collection of short stories about dysfunctional relationships, the kind of book I will read over and over again. Biller is a genius who appears to trully understands woman, particularly nutty women who talk to themselves and are constantly struggling with some inner battle, an inner battle with no immediate resolution. I particularly enjoyed the short story, In Bed with Sheikh Yassin. The tales honest portrayal of our ability to decieve ourselves in ...more
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
maybe im just twerkin cos it's been raining in manhattan but i think this is the most accurate depiction of purgatory yet published. 5000 3-page long vignettes about malaise and boring people. 'No. No? No.' conversations everywhere. sometimes people are quiet and listless because they were gangraped by serbs; mostly they are just quiet and listless about an art or w/e.

its going to be cold, its going to be gray, and its going to last you the rest. of. your. life. - groundhog day soundclip from sh
Kristiana Kahakauwila
I'm not one for the short, punchy distant narrator. I like my characters fully fleshed, and I prefer stories that unravel slowly and in many pages. That said, Love Today delivers such a pressure-pot of excellence that it has remained memorable to me a year and a half after I first read it. Moreover, he does urban people with urban concerns so well-- and with such a sense of depth-- that I never suspect them to be shallow twits, as I suspect most characters in a New York-based New Yorker story to ...more
Kevin McAllister
Reading Love Today one can't help but wonder what kind of love life the author Mazin Biller has had. The book is a collection of short stories about "love". All 27 of them are short, sad, and depressing. If this book was true indication of love today,then our species would be in serious trouble.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I picked up this book, few pages I glanced at gave me this "I should have written this" feeling. However, the whole book was disappointing. With a couple stories very well done, the rest fell short for me, unfortunately.
Jul 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is like reading "Sex and the City in Germany". Twenty-seven short, depressing stories of unrequited love, unconnected love, suicide and people moving through their lives as if in a fog. Yuck. Recommended in Oprah Magazine. What were they thinking?
Melissa Mcclain
Satirical and fascinating. A great set of short stories and anecdotes detailing the way love is, in various forms. Not exactly a work that will set your heart a-flutter and restore your faith in the big L-word but a great read nonetheless.
Jun 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
very short kinda weird stories about love I actually was confused alot i think maybe some meaning was lost in translation from german
I really enjoyed these stories, though some of them were a bit obscure for me.
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