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Axolotl Roadkill

2.30  ·  Rating details ·  871 ratings  ·  92 reviews
'Schreckliche Leben sind der größte Glücksfall', schreibt die 16jährige Mifti in ihr Tagebuch. Seit dem Tod ihrer Mutter lebt sie in Berlin, und als 'pseudo-belastungsgestörtes' Problemkind durchläuft sie nach 'Jahren der Duldungsstarre' gerade eine extrem negative Entwicklung.
Obwohl intelligent und gut situiert, nimmt sie Drogen, verweigert die Schule und hat sogar Argume
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 2010 by Ullstein
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Jun 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Total rubbish.
This reads like a wanna-be "experimental" novel,but in reality it's just "oh I'm so cool,I do drugs and waste my life",with a good measure of "I was abused...oh no,just kidding cause all the cool kids were".
Pseudo intellectual waste of my time - there's nothing more to say about this.
Lukáš Palán
May 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german
Abych se tak držel jazyka knihy: "Když je hrdinka píča, bábovku z ní neuplácáš. Vole dog yo bro"

Helene Hegemann je možná vznešená pozérka, v přítmí svých dvacetin degustující svojí vlastní slávu a hipsterství, ve svém opus magnum ovšem selhává na všech frontách. Odysea do duše sotva náctileté SS-Dolce a Gabbana heroinové princezny je prázdná jako jakýkoliv jiný zápisky lidí, kteří si myslí, že mají právo revoltovat proti "něčemu, ty píčo všemu."

Používat mladou krev jako ukazatel roztěkanosti na
Mar 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Shelves: others
I can't give more than one star and I would like to give -5 stars...

This book is a book the world doesn't need. There was this whole hype about it so I borrowed it from a friend and read it in about 2 hours because there isn't much to read.
Maybe I'm just to old for a book about the life of a 16 year old who fucks around, doesn't go to school and take drugs.

This book is totally overrated, the author made a scandal with plagiarism and even won book prizes. *shakes head*

Oct 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Rein inhaltlich betrachtet ist Hegemanns Romandebüt "Axolotl Roadkill" wahrlich nichts allzu Neues. Die junge Autorin beschreibt in Form von wirren Tagebucheinträgen der 16jährigen Protagonistin Mifti deren Leben in Berlin. Wilde Drogenexzesse, Sex, Schuleschwänzen, ein verwahrlostes Leben ohne Mutter, Orientierungslosigkeit, der Sinn oder Unsinn des Lebens - Hegemann wartet mit allen möglichen Themen auf, die ein jugendliches Leben beschäftigen können. Nichts, was es nicht schon vorher in irgen ...more
Caro Buchheim
Jan 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
[13/2010] "Helene Hegemann - komplett überflüssig. Oder?"

"eigentlich mag ich hype-bücher und gewalt-blut-schleim-bücher. [ein paar meiner all time faves sind american psycho, bright lights, big city, irre und generation x und selbst die feuchtgebiete sind in meiner erinnerung irgendwie gut, auch wenn ich immer noch der ansicht bin, dass niemand das buch veröffentlicht hätte, wenn es nicht von genau dieser autorin gewesen wäre.]

folgerichtig habe ich den axolotl gelesen. hatte ich bestellt, bevor
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic, français
I really think that I loved that book, but I also need to read it again.
It's strange, sophisticated and extremely raw.
Apr 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
most awful book ever
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
O. K., noc, zase jednou tenhle zápas se smrtí, útržky spánku týraného strachem, můj dětský pokoj, jímž otřásají osudově mocné orchestry, a všechny tyhle hlasy lupičů ze zadního dvora, které nepřetržitě křičí moje jméno. Žádný hluk hlavní ulice ani nářek trpících příšer vynikajících v síle a ohavnosti, jež jsou právě odpoutávány. Pouze klaviatura absolutní temnoty, vřískot hlavně, tohle nerytmické bubnování, sakra. Dřív tohle všecko byla jen taková pěkně pubertální slátanina, a teď je to náročná
May 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: translation
Couple of interesting neologisms (potentially interesting from a translator's perspective), otherwise just another (albeit brutally hyped) angry-young-teen-contemplating-her-navel novel and a rather monotonous exercise in stream of consciousness. Perhaps her self-parodying "Axel hole den Rotkohl" will be better...
Jake Goretzki
Mar 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
It's impossible to look at this without leaping to the (normally extraneous and irrelevant) fact of the writer's age (Helene Hegemann is calendar-flippingly precocious and I came to it, like many, on the back of 'Generation Zero' / Literary Sensation coverage).

Look, it's a forceful debut. She's obviously got potential and - at moments - she can write (the sound of a leg injury 'like someone biting into an apple through a loudspeaker' and suchlike).

But otherwise, it's shapeless, meaningless, na
Janne Paananen
Aksolotli on mielenkiintoinen esikoisteos. Kirjailija myöntää avoimesti käyttäneensä tekstiin lähes suoria lainauksia toisen kirjoittamasta blogista. Tarina kertoo Berliiniläisistä nuorista, joiden elämään kuuluu lähinnä huumeita ja seksiä. Tarinan päähenkilö, Mifti, on Berliinin kaduilla notkuva ja asuva nuori, jonka sadistinen äiti on kuollut. Miftin läheiset ihmiset ovatkin hänen käyttäjäystäviään, joiden kanssa eläminen on sekavaa, rujoa ja jopa iljettävää. Hegemann onnistuu kuvaamaan tätä e ...more
Dan Holloway
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoyed The Dead Beat you will love this. It's been at the centre of a maelstrom of controversy owing to the plagiarism allegations. I won't comment on that much here other than to say this is the kind of book that publishers will see more and more as alt lit overgrounds itself, its authors thoroughly immersed in and drawing from the culture that surrounds them in order to express themselves. There is, as some reviewers have noted, a self-consciousness here that will be by no means to eve ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
It's difficult to rate this. There seems to be a lot of focus on the plagiarism discussion which is obviously of interest. Sometimes it angered me, other
times I swam along with the madness. There were moments of genius in it but I'm not quite convinced.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Uh, nope. Whenever the narrator comes close to being honest, it's quickly covered with cheap wit, song lyrics, and attempts at philosophy. And the axolotl metaphor couldn't be more ham-fisted, it's literally spelled out for the reader. I hoped for something as moving and raw as "Wir Kinder von Bahnhof Zoo", perhaps even more touching and more on time - but I got a book which I tried to read really fast, just to escape the pretentious narrative.
Thomas Hübner
May 21, 2014 rated it did not like it

The Making of a Bestseller

16-year old Mifti, the hero of the novel “Axolotl Roadkill” by Helene Hegemann, is a kind of female Holden Caulfield transferred in time and space to the early 21st century techno clubs of Berlin.

The book was a minor sensation when it came out in Germany in 2010, and the 17-old wunderkind author became the darling of a certain part of the literary feuilleton and media.

I read the book soon after it was published in Germany and was taken
Rinoa Heartilly
I'm not sure what I am to say about this book. I've been putting off reading it for a long time now and I'm not really sure if I regret that or not.

Axolotl Roadkill is, ultimately, not much of a novel at all. Our protagonist, Mifti (btw, I googlechecked and that is not a name so take that as you will) is little more than an instrument for Hegemann to express her own frustration (infatuation?) with our world. At 17 (I think that's how old she was idk), her writing and points are utterly pretentio
Dirk Baranek
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ich hab's tatsächlich gekauft (im Ramsch bei 2001 für 4,95)! Muss. Mir. Ein. Eigenes. Bild. Machen.
Nach 110 Seiten: Meine Güte, wie kann ein solch pubertärer amateurpsychologischer Schrott nur derartige Wellen schlagen? Versteh es nicht.
Ausschnitte aus dem Leben einer 17jährigen Schülerin. Die Mutter manisch krank, der abwesende Vater mit bürgerlicher Existenz, die Umstände voller Verwahrlosung und Haltlosigkeit. Das Ergebnis ist eine hypernervöse Überspanntheit, die sich in den Wirrnis
Aug 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
Ich bin ehrlich, ich habe nur bis Seite 41 gelesen; mir reicht das trotzdem, um mir ein Urteil über dieses Buch zu bilden.
Mal ganz abgesehen von den Plagiatsvorwürfen:
Das ist kein besonderer Stil - das ist eine Zumutung. Ich konnte zwischen den Kapiteln keinen inhaltlichen Zusammenhang erkennen. Es waren nur aneinander gereihte, drogengeschwängerte Momente, die scheinbar besonders "cool" wirken sollten. Von den Dialogen ganz zu schweigen.

Dies ist kein besonderes Buch. Jedenfalls kein besonders g
Yep got to say I haven't finished it. I read more than half of the book when I realised I didn't care at all and didn't see the point to continue. I don't do this very often but i have apparenlty no patience left today...
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Surreal, well written, interesting storyline. I really enjoyed this, and finished reading it in Berlin and on my way back in the train.
Christie K.Rowling
Horrible. Es lo peor que he leído en años. Ordinario, cutre y mal estructurado. CERO
Feb 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
heul doch
Feb 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
sick book. I never read something like this. I am so lost in it and also the storyline is just nasty. I dont know how they make to print it...
Richard Gray
May 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is what happens when tumblr becomes sentient and writes a novel.

Even allowing for some of the nuance to be lost in translation, the pinball machinations of Hegemann's narrative voice are erratic, unlikable, and downright impenetrable most of the time. It's as if all of Hegemann's neurons misfired simultaneously, and the result was a cacophony of noise that samples every pop-cultural reference that has every wafted across the writer's brainpan. As one of the characters tells Mifti, the prota
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ich habe Hegemann kürzlich in einer Diskussionssendung im ZDF (o.ä.) gesehen (es kommt ja nun der Film zum Buch raus), und da wurde über ihr Buch gesprochen, als ob es hohe Literatur sei und man das jetzt endlich sehen könne, da die ganze Diskussion ums Abschreiben abgeebbt sei. Das hat mich dann neugierig gemacht.
Grundsätzlich war es interessant, den Roman fast direkt nach Barnes Nachtgewächs zu lesen, weil beide ähnliche Themen an ähnlichen Orten behandeln. Leider ist Axolotl Roadkill ein schl
Ef Grey
Aug 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Po knize jsem sáhla jenom kvůli již dříve zhlédnutému filmu, takže jsem asi měla vysoké očekávání (protože film byl epic). Každopádně jsem asi z tohoto tématu vyrostla, ale tohle mě vůbec neuchvátilo. Něco na styl Irvina Welshe, ale to bylo beztak kvůli sexu a heroinu. Každopádně jsem asi z tohoto tématu vyrostla, ale tohle mě vůbec neuchvátilo. /Možná, že by mě už teď nebavil ani ten Welsh./
Samozřejmě je pak tady přetřásaná otázka plagiátorství, intertextuality, postmoderny, apod., jelikož si a
Oct 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
I did not finish this book.
There are books I don’t finish and I feel bad after I put them away, like I missed out on something, or I didn’t get the deeper meaning and my not finishing the book reflects on my inability to see the message. If this book had a message it should be ‘do not buy’ printed on its cover.
There is no plot, besides party and drugs. And this is done badly. Every line screams ‘I never had fun, but I enjoy fantasizing about it’.
Everything in this book has been done before, an
Elaine Ruth Boe
Feb 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: school-reads
I read this for my course on the contemporary canon. Our main discussion around this German translation was about the reception of the book and its plagiarism scandal. Hegemann lifted whole passages of the novel from a blogger's less successful book. But she claimed that her 'mixing' of sources wasn't plagiarism, but her generation's response to an online culture of borrowing and mixing of creativity. Hegemman's age (she was 17 when the book was published) and gender also featured heavily in new ...more
Tatiana Kubicová
Jun 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bože. Predovšetkým by som teda rada neocenila štýl, ktorým je kniha napísaná, tuším sa pre to hodí literárny termín "debilný". Žiadne úvodzovky, vnútorné hlasy alter eg blekotajúce nezmysly,.. čo by som vedela zniesť, keby sa tam dialo niečo zaujímavé. Za zaujímavé ale nepovažujem duševné rozpoloženie rozmaznanej berlínskej princeznej, umelkyne so zlomeným srdcom a vnútorným bordelom, z akého by sa spotil aj C.G.Jung. Postavy dobrovoľne vedú šialené, odpudivé a tak retardované dialógy, že som si ...more
Sarah Ricarda
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Ein Buch, bei dem ich mich nicht entscheiden kann, ob es großer Mist oder große Genialität ist. Ich tendiere zum letzteren. Sprachlich gibt es auf jeden Fall wunderbare Perlen und Sätze, die mich tief erschüttert haben. Und der Rausch, der sich beim Lesen einstellt, deckt sich mit der Geschichte. Insgesamt bleibt ein positiv verstörender Nachgeschmack, der mich noch eine Weile beschäftigen wird. (Ich kann an dieser Stelle die Verfilmung sehr empfehlen. Anders, stringenter, genauso rauschhaft und ...more
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Helene Hegemann is a German writer, director, and actress. As a young writer her work was highly praised, but her first novel, Axolotl Roadkill, sparked a plagiarism controversy.
“Berlin is here to mix everything with everything, man… I steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels my imagination… because my work and my theft are authentic as long as something speaks directly to my soul. It's not where I take things from – it's where I take them to.” 2 likes
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