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Oblivion: Stories (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

David Foster Wallace
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An all-male focus group convenes in a Chicago office building to sample a new form of junk food under the omnivorous eyes of a psychotic statistician, while on the street a crowd gathers to watch a possibly armed man scale the glass tower. A journalist investigates an Indiana man who makes art out of his "miraculous poo." A couple goes to a sleep clinic to resolve a snoring conflict. So it goes in Wallace's first short-story collection in five years, a high-wire performance by the star of kinetically cerebral fiction. As questing a philosopher (his last book, Everything and More [BKL O 15 03], is a history of infinity) as he is a canny storyteller, the author of Infinite Jest (1996) fashions complex tales rife with shrewd metaphysical inquiries, eviscerating social critiques, and twisted humor. Profoundly intrigued with the paradoxes of being, the haphazard forging of the self, and the relentless cascade of consciousness, he has one of his obsessed narrators bemoan language's inability to convey the psyche's wildness, yet Wallace's torrential prose comes awfully close. Donna Seaman
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For BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN: 'Very, very funny and also deadly serious ... a book of formidable creative intelligence' OBSERVER 'Contains longish stretches of genius' INDEPENDENT 'An entertaining and dazzlingly innovative work ... a dizzying gallop across the wild frontier of contemporary fiction' DAILY TELEGRAPH

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 544 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 329 Seiten
  • Verlag: Little, Brown and Company (8. Juni 2004)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00FORA5MC
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
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Mehr über den Autor

Gerade einmal 46 Jahre alt, nahm sich David Foster Wallace im September 2008 das Leben. Sein Werk gehört zum Vielseitigsten und Interessantesten der US-amerikanischen Gegenwartsliteratur. Er verfasste hochkomplexe Romane wie "Infinite Jest" ebenso wie Satiren, Reportagen oder Sachbücher. Für die New York Times erschloss er in einem legendären Essay "Roger Federer as Religious Experience", und in "Schrecklich amüsant - aber in Zukunft ohne mich" erweist er sich als feiner Beobachter des Geschehens auf einem Luxus-Kreuzfahrtdampfer. Erste Geschichten und einen Roman schrieb er während seines Studiums von Literatur und Philosophie. Seit 2002 lehrte am Pomona College im kalifornischen Claremont Englisch und "Creative Wiriting". Geboren wurde David Foster Wallace 1962 in Ithaca im Staate New York.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Empfehlenswert 8. September 2005
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Auch dieses Buch von David Foster Wallace kann man wieder uneingeschränkt empfehlen. Seine Art den Alltag der Menschen, Schicksale und Lebensumstände wiederzugeben ist schlichtweg genial. Der Autor ist ein echter Künstler im Beobachten und Beschreiben von Personen und deren Gefühlen.
Auch die anderen Bücher des Autors sind sehr gelungen. Am besten gefällt mir der Titel: "Schrecklich amüsant aber in Zukunft ohne mich". In diesem Buch beschreibt Foster Wallace auf brilliante Art und Weise eine Karibik Kreuzfahrt. Weltklasse!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Eine eigene Klasse ... 24. Dezember 2010
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... Wallace ist einfach sehr speziell. Es macht Spaß seinen "Threads" zu folgen, das Lesen seiner Bücher strengt an! Man lernt aus Oblivion nichts für sich, eher über den Autor und das ist "Oblivion".
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Wallace writes; you decide 16. Oktober 2004
Von Wheelchair Assassin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's pretty tough for a writer to balkanize popular opinion the way David Foster Wallace has. It seems that for everyone who views Wallace as a literary genius, there's someone else who thinks he's a self-indulgent bore who appeals only to the pretentious. In truth, Wallace is neither; he's just a writer who takes chances with his work and is apparently willing to accept the occasional failure along with his successes. More a journey than a destination, Wallace's fiction relies heavily on such devices as unconventional narrative structures, punishingly dense and convoluted prose, dazzling verbal trickery, and clinical attention to detail. All that aside, though, Wallace isn't just a showoff, as there's an unmistakable human element to his fiction. Buried among the endless detail of these stories are some moments of profound insight and sympathy for the characters he's created to go with Wallace's innovative style and encyclopedic knowledge of just about everything.

A prime example of all things Wallace is this collection's opening story, "Mr. Squishy," which is about 65 pages long but reads like at least 100. In one respect, this story is an insider's view of the ad industry, complete with descriptions of various market research strategies and examinations of the minutest details of a focus group assembled to test out a new snack cake. On another level, though, the story examines the professional and personal frustrations of its protagonist, a focus-group coordinator who could be a symbol for any number of inconsequential white-collar workers the world over. And of course, there's some trademark Wallace weirdness in the form of a costumed wall-climber with some bad intentions and a highly ambiguous ending that resolves exactly nothing. In other words, it's kind of like a miniature version of "Infinite Jest."

The next story, "The Soul is Not a Smithy," continues in this vein, starting with an elementary school student's daydreams while a substitute teacher descends into madness in front of his class before connecting them to the disappointments of his father's middle-class existence. The brilliant "Another Pioneer" is an examination of the nature of knowledge and belief revolving around the story of a long-ago young genius whose intellectual development eventually became too much for his fellow villagers to handle. The title story takes the arguments between a middle-aged guy and his wife over her accusations of his snoring and turns it into a penetrating look at the complexities that result from the confluence of marriage, parenthood, and aging.

Wallace apparently decided to save the best for last, though, as the 90-page closer "The Suffering Channel" easily ranks among his most fascinating work. At turns poignant, hilarious, bizarre, and profound, the story takes a look at office politics, small-town dreams, and the modern literary world, all centered around a handyman who can create sculptures in a literally incredible manner. It's everything Wallace can be when he's on, and why readers should be willing to tolerate his occasional overreaching. Those who don't like what Wallace does can say what they will, but his successes are more brilliant than most precisely because he aims so high that he doesn't always reach his mark. You can't have Wallace's brilliance without his shortcomings. To be perfectly, honest, you have to just read the man's work and come to your own conclusions.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Calm down, people 4. Juni 2004
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There are some writers who it becomes fashionable to read and then, when they become too popular or widely praised, fashionable to put down. We are in the midst of the recoil that began after Infinite Jest became popular. I think the recoil is probably going to continue (and appears to be continuing in these reviews) because Wallace is a writer whose flaws are so easy to spot, and it's simple to quote sections of his writing and hold them up as everything that's wrong with today's literary writing. His style is frequently bloated and self-indulgent, and if you're not paying attention it's easy to get lost and call all of it nonsense. Sometimes he tries as hard as he can to make you stop paying attention, when he throws in what appear to be irrelevancies or whatever oddity he can come up with to be more original - because god forbid that any of his writing have the taint of old-fashioned conservative storytelling.
This is, unfortunately, only half the truth, because there really are magical moments in Wallace's writing, and just when you're about to get absolutely fed up with him he pulls out something beautiful, or shocking, that for whatever reason stays with you. Even in a two page story like "Incarnations of Burned Children" I went through all of the probable reactions to the stories in this volume: initial interest, confusion with the prose style, impatience, boredom, and then suddenly a moment where the story seems to open up and become incredibly moving.
The story is about a mother accidentally scalding her toddler, and is told in the long clause-filled breathless sentences that Wallace uses - with occasional good taste. At first, the prose is frustrating, because it seems to be getting in the way of actually enjoying the story, but eventually it falls into a certain rhythm, and as the parents are frantically trying to cool down their child it starts to imitate their panic, until both the parents and reader realize with horror that the hot water inside the diaper is still burning the child, and despite knowing nothing about this family, in just this little story we can start to understand what it's like to feel terrified for a child that is ours.
When a writer enjoys goofing around, and seems to be scared of clarity, it's occasionally hard to judge his genuine value. Reading an early novel of Beckett's, with its incessant clowning around and self-conscious erudition, I wasn't really sure what the big deal was about him - he just seemed like an aggravatingly precocious little kid. But there were glimmers of a profound talent there. And I think there are here too. Instead of complaining about the obvious surface clutter - which, who knows, might be inextricably linked to the virtues, although I hope not - I'm pleased enough with what he can give us.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Meat, No Processed Cheese: You Might Actually Have To Chew 16. Februar 2005
Von Jon Miller - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm one of those supposedly clueless readers who thinks that Wallace is an exceptional writer in all senses of the word. I like the fact that his writing shakes you up a little, makes you work for your payoff a little, and breaks the critics' rules.

Sure, you could hand me any snippet from Oblivion without telling me what it was and I could identify his writing style after the 2nd or 3rd abutting dependent clause, but so what? I love his subordinate-within-subordinate-within-subordinate style. It how I generally think and I suspect it's how most of us think. So while critics harrumph, all DFW is really doing is writing in a kind of mental dialect, instead of the processed cheese most writers give us. If it's not as quickly accessible as other writers' narrators' prose, it's more real and incredibly worth the little extra effort it takes to get at what he's saying.

"Good Old Neon" is my favorite. Since the whole story comes spilling out of, ostensibly, Neal's head, DFW has pretty much free rein to use his faux stream-of-consciousness style to its opitmum and he absolutely shines. Few of DFW's characters are ever flat, symbolic, or caracatures, and I think Neal is one of the most fleshed-out DFW has ever come up with. The fact that the listener, the supposed DFW himself, is aware that Neal is his own construct, coming out of his fiction-prone mind as he wonders about his old classmate, doubles the irony. After Neal got done explaining why he did it and what it was like to die, I realized this was one of the most affirming stories I have read by DFW. The ending is incredibly positive and one that only DFW could've come up with; it shows the only way out of Neal's fatal "fraudulence paradox." It flies right up the clogged noses of the critics who love to say that DFW never "ends" anything he writes.

I'm no intellectual giant, but I rarely have to read anything twice in DFW's writings. Maybe the pablum other writers have been handing us for centuries has made some people lazy readers. But whatever the case, reading through the clause-within-clause-within-phrase-within-etc style of "Old Neon" was to reading what a roller-coaster is to sitting down. Exhileration, confusing, clarity, joy, surprise turns, sudden jerks: I love it all and hope that DFW will turn out another book of stories soon.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Missing Something 24. Oktober 2005
Von popjunkie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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First, let me say I absolutely LOVE reading David Foster Wallace. This collection showcases one of his strengths: the attention to detail - or, more accurately - the minutiae - of everyday thoughts; how, for example, three minutes of a day can only be captured by pages & pages & pages of prose, because the human brain simultaneously functions on so many levels (best illustrated when you find yourself listening to someone attempting to explain 'the dream I had last night' but use so many qualifiers that a dream that lasts for probably no more than one minute absorbs the conversation of an entire lunch - or as least smoke break).

Ultimately, though, I found myself wishing a strong editorial voice would have confronted Wallace on several counts prior to the publishing of 'Oblivion.' This is especially true with the first story, 'Mister Squishy,' which seems to build up to a crescendo that is never reached. Wallace weaves together several different narratives into what the reader expects to come together at some point, but instead the story just...ends.

'The Suffering Channel' is a lost opportunity of amazing proportions. In this story, a highly engaging tale begins - and the reader falls into it helplessly, increasingly curious as to what it all means and where it's all going. Yet, instead of reaching a conclusion, or really any sort of resting point, the story abruptly ends. I wondered if the printer had left out pages & pages of the book, and I fought against the urge to hurl it across the room.

I absolutely love Wallace's amazing & rare gifts. But what 'Oblivion' shows is a 'writer's writer.' These stories are partial projects, not stories. They are, at best, extremely well fleshed-out beginnings.

It's a joy to read the words of someone with such innate talent, with such incredible gifts with the written word, but to me what we're left with is just one-half of a whole. Most of these stories end so abruptly, one can scarcely even call them a 'slice of life' because they consistently refer to past or future events that are never quite clear or explained. It's not that I'm left frustrated because 'I want to know what happened.' I'm frustrated because what could have been three or four great full-length novels were robbed.

I will always read Wallace because it is an incredibly intense & enjoyable experience. But I probably would not recommend this book to anyone I know because it is so unfulfilling and ultimately disappointing.

I guess 'Oblivion' can be classified as 'experimental' fiction or non-narrative storytelling, but Wallace is capable of so much more than that, as we have seen in the past, as we will hopefully see in the future, & as even 'Oblivion' attests.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen DFW Greatness, as usual 1. September 2004
Von David E. Hoover - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I haven't picked up a DFW book in a while, probably since "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men." I've always enjoyed his work, although I usually turn to pulp after reading it to cleanse the palate.

This is a good collection of stories, written in his usual manner -- although fewer footnotes than previous works. The only gripe I have is that some stories seem to end just before they hit their stride. Many just stop. You feel that he's about to go somewhere, and then the story just ends, like he got sick of writing it and just said, "aw, to hell with it."
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