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Hocus Pocus [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Kurt Vonnegut
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5. September 1990 0399135499 978-0399135491 Limited
Eugene Debs Hartke, ex-Vietnam vet, ex-college professor, current inmate of Tarkington State Reformatory, awaits his trial and probable death from TB. How did he get there? Via numerous absurd twists of fate which he now narrates on scraps of paper found about the place. Killer of men, romancer of women, compulsive list-maker, Eugene is just one more victim of the world's hocus pocus.
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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 302 Seiten
  • Verlag: Putnam Adult; Auflage: Limited (5. September 1990)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0399135499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399135491
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,1 x 16 x 2,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (28 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.378.305 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

Mehr über den Autor

Kurt Vonnegut wurde 1922 in Indianapolis geboren. Er studierte an den Universitäten von Chicago und Tennessee und begann dann, für verschiedene Zeitschriften Kurzgeschichten zu schreiben. Seinen ersten Roman, Player Piano (Das höllische System), veröffentlichte er 1952. Es folgten viele weitere Romane, u.a. The Sirens of Titan (1959) (Die Sirenen des Titan), Mother Night (1961) (Mutter Nacht), Cat's Cradle (1963) (Katzenwiege), God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1964) (Gott segne Sie, Mr. Rosewater), Welcome to the Monkey House (1968) (Geh zurück zu deiner lieben Frau), eine Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten, sowie Breakfast of Champions (1973) (Frühstück für Helden), Slapstick, or Lonesome No More (1976) (Slapstick), Jailbird (1979) (Galgenvogel), Deadeye Dick (1982) (Zielwasser), Galapagos (1985) (Galapagos), Bluebeard (1987) (Blaubart) und Hocus Pocus (1990) (Hokus Pokus oder wohin so eilig?). Während des Zweiten Weltkriegs geriet Vonnegut in deutsche Kriegsgefangenschaft und wurde Zeuge der Luftangriffe auf Dresden, eine Erfahrung, die er in seinem berühmtesten Werk, Slaughterhouse Five or The Children's Crusade(1969) (Schlachthof 5 oder der Kinderkreuzzug), verarbeitete. Außerdem veröffentlichte er einen Band mit Reden und Reportagen, Palm Sunday (1981) (Das Nudelwerk), sowie die autobiographische Collage Fates Worse than Death (1991) (Dann lieber gleich tot).

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After you have read one of Kurt Vonnegut's gleefully pessimistic novels, his words go on colouring your world for a long time afterwards... not to read him would be to miss out on lessons that need to be learned about the age we live in' Sunday Times. 'It is all done with voice. Vonnegut is a master of the first-person, manic-depressive stand-up' Observer. 'Although it is set in the near future, Hocus Pocus is the most topical, realistic Vonnegut novel to date, and shows the struggle of an artist a little impatient with allegory and more than a little impatient with his own country' New York Times Book Review. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Master of post-modern satire, Kurt Vonnegut patterns trajectories of sex, spite, crime and power in this kaleidoscopic novel -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen PIcks you up when you're down 1. Juni 2000
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This was the second Vonnegut book I ever read. I read it when I was living in a one bedroom apartment in Las Vegas six years ago with three other guys. The apartment was right off Freemont street where prostitutes and drug dealers hung out all night and no-one with any sense ever went out there after dark. Reading this book made me laugh about the whole situation and I read it often still. When things seem at their worst Vonnegut always says "It's ok everyone else is having a bad time too."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant 3. Juni 2000
Von Raymond
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Pure Vonnegut at his best. It's impossible not to be clichéd in the modern "try-everything" society. The best we can do is to get the least used, more informed ones, which Vonnegut does perfectly for me. As with most Vonnegut, absolutely no drivel on love, and feelings, or other mushy subjects, although I may be contested on this point: basically, it's abou as far from Titanic as possible. The most effective aspect, which is seen in so few literary works of today, is the frequent lapse in time: althoug based in one time zone, Vonnegut skips nimbly between various occurance of the past, never losing the focus of the audience, and retaining, even strengthening, his glorious pensive approach.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Pure Vonnegut but nothing new 9. Mai 2000
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This time out, Vonnegut imagines a near future where prisons are outsourced to the Japanese. He addresses the hypothetical question, "What is the difference between schools and prisons?", and doesn't seem to find much fundamental difference - both being represive institutions that are subject to the whim of the moneyed classes. The humor and delightful Vonnegut quips are all here. His eye for detail has never been better and his use of deadpan delivery of skewering observations is right on. BUT, this is essentially the same kind of stuff that he has been serving up for decades. To those who are coming to his work fresh this must be an eye opener, but I suspect to a lot of veteran Vonnegut readers it will just seem like more of the same. I can't really complain because I like his style, agree with much of his world view, appreciate his dark humor and keep coming back for more. But I keep hoping for something that has the lyrical freshness I found in Slaughterhouse Five or the fierce apocalyptic fun that was Cat's Cradle. Maybe Vonnegut has just spoiled us and we want him to top his past success. I'll keep hoping he can.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Brave stab, but doesn't stand up to other works. 17. Januar 2000
Von Ed Maxell
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The best part of Hocus Pocus is the beginning; It creates such a lure that the reader creates immense hope for the rest of the novel and for the most part, the novel does a good job of lving up to those hopes. Vonnegut's style is once again back in full flair, but I found myself bored by some chapters, whereas in another work, Slaughterhouse-5, every page kept me entertained. Not to say this is a bad book, but there are better Vonneguts out there.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Classes 17. Oktober 1997
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Vonnegut's HOCUS POCUS forces us to clear away the smoke and mirrors we use to deceive ourselves, and to notice the world with our own senses - mostly common sense.
The "author" is documenting his experieneces as a college professor and pedagoge at a prison across the lake. He is presently held prisoner for inciting the prison break. From here, according to the "editor's note" (a tool employed by Vonnegut to draw our attention immediatly to the fragmentation, or nuggets of thought of the book) the "author" is writing on small bits of paper that he fills "like little bottles," and then procedes to move to the next sheet, filling it as well. Thus the book is literally pieced together, hence all the unconventional breaks each chapter, and sets up his meditative digressions.
This particular novel satirizes American culture, and sets up all sorts of dicotomies and foils; i.e. the prison v. college, underpriveleged class v. priveleged class, the number of people he has superficially "loved" v. the number of people he has killed (incidentally, the number to both of these is 82 - the "author" provides an elaborate equation to figure out this dual number; however, upon inspecting the obvious i.e. the front and back pages containing stick figures of men/women, respectively, one comes up with the same number as the equation. Count them and see what you come up with and see how it ties into the last line of the book.) As usual, the existential Vonnegut points out the lack of objective meaning in the world and the subsequent human implimentation of arbitrary significance. Vonnegut examines the arenas of academia, the military, civil service, government, social convention, business, and personal life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Porn and Vonnegut 21. Oktober 1997
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I never really considered the fact that Kilgore Trout's (Vonnegut's alter ego science fiction writing character) stories always appeared in pornographic magazines, until I saw an excerpt from Hocus Pocus in either Playboy or Penthouse, giving me an excuse to say I'd bought the magazine for its articles and stories.
It makes me wonder then about what this says about pornographic magazines. Maybe it suggests that many of them, in order to try to create an illusion of legitamacy, will take chances with literature that mainstream magazines might find to controversial.
Indeed Vonnegut's Hocus Pocus may seem controversial to some, for it talks about things that a large majority of Americans would be more comfortable ignoring. Just as the main character, Eugene Debs Hartke is fired from his teaching job for having overly pessimistic ideas, Vonnegut's book itself pulls America's skeletons out of its closet.
Perhaps what certain literature has in common with pornography, is the tendency people have to try to ignore what they both say about our society, to try to push it as far under the bed as possible.
Hocus Pocus picks at the scabs of not only America's greatest embarrassments, but also our greatest failures. Everything from television talk-shows to the Vietnam War, racism, classism, the death of our economy, and the overcrowding of prisons is laid bare in all its uncomfortable ugliness.
The difference however, between Hocus Pocus and a simple pessimistic rant, is Vonnegut's unique ability to make us laugh at it all, but without downplaying its seriousness at all. Overall it is a must read, for Vonnegut fans and for any American that wants to live honestly with him/herself.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Keine leichte Kost
In diesem Buch geht es um Krieg und Moral. Typisch Vonnegut erzählt er die Geschichte in einem unvergleichlichen Stil. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 10 Monaten von Abby Normal veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen just a real good book
I have to say that this may be Vonnegut's best book in my eyes. While it has the same biting satire that identifies his style, it lacks the contempt for humanity that Vonnegut... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2000 von Jeremy Goldberg
5.0 von 5 Sternen Magically delicious
"HOCUS POCUS," is one of the best pure fiction books I've read in a while. Because the method that Kurt Vonnegut uses to encompass humor with fiction created a hilarious... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. April 2000 von "maxsteel"
3.0 von 5 Sternen Great writer, horrible futurist
It's hard to imagine a worse guess of what the year 2001 might look like in the U.S. The dark future themes are timeless - capitalists greedily sucking the life out of the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. Januar 2000 von Amazon Customer
3.0 von 5 Sternen Cliches, forced humor..
While I am a great fan of Mr. Vonnegut in general, this book seems really bad. He based his entire story on cliches from the 60-s using a style which should be witty but which... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. November 1999 von kornel
5.0 von 5 Sternen Kurt Vonnegut Writes an Excellent Satire of the 1990's
In one of the finest books of the 1990's, Kurt Vonnegut shows that he has lost none of his wit and taste for satire. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 21. November 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Thanks Kurt
Slaughterhouse-5 was excellent - moving, meaningful, striking, powerfully written...
This was better.
Hats off, Mr. Vonnegut; I took the time, and read 'em all. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. Juni 1999 von Lo
5.0 von 5 Sternen Can you say "NUTTY" ?
I am a rabid Vonnegut fan, and this is one of my favorites. All the biting sarcastic humor you have come to expect from Vonnegut is in this book, along with all his commentary on... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 20. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Vonnegut's Greatest Achievement
Though I thought it would be hard to top "Breakfast of Champions" and "Slaughterhouse-Five", Vonnegut managed to do it with "Hocus Pocus". Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Mai 1999 von "parrothead420"
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