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F by Daniel Kehlmann
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What does F stand for? Faith, finances, fraud, forgery, family and Fate all play a role in Daniel Kehlmann’s fourth novel available in English translation. F is also for the Friedlands: Arthur the unreliable patriarch; Martin, a portly Catholic priest who doesn’t believe in God; and his twin half-brothers, Eric and Ivan, a mentally ill businessman and a homosexual painter who forges his mentor’s masterworks.

Reading this brilliant, funny spoof on the traditional family saga is like puzzling out a Rubik’s Cube: it is a multi-faceted narrative with many meanings that only become clear the deeper you go. As the novel repeats the events of August 8, 2008 from different perspectives, new faces of the cube come to light. The satirical tone and philosophical content are most like Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, but the sophisticated treatment of religion, morality and art will also appeal to fans of Michael Arditti, Herman Koch, Julian Barnes and Siri Hustvedt.

(Full review in September/October 2015 issue of Third Way magazine.)
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Reading Progress

July 27, 2014 – Shelved
July 27, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
July 14, 2015 – Started Reading
July 14, 2015 – Shelved as: lit-in-translation
July 14, 2015 – Shelved as: reviewed-third-way
July 14, 2015 – Shelved as: postmodern
July 14, 2015 – Shelved as: theology-religions
July 14, 2015 – Shelved as: laugh-out-loud
July 19, 2015 – Finished Reading
July 21, 2015 – Shelved as: metafiction
July 22, 2015 – Shelved as: absolute-favorites

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