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* This is both a wonderful historical novel and a spell-binding individual portrait ... This is a marvellous translation of a masterly work. The Observer * Time, action and vision - a magical hat-trick and one that this translation pays faithful tribute to, capturing grand adventures like a detailed painting. The Scotsman * Nadolny brilliantly sets the narrative pace to the rhythms of the frozen landscape, and to the 'slowness which is bred by hunger. -- Robert MacFarlane * Sten Nadolny shipped us into beautiful, fatal Arctic wastes with his spellbinding novels. Boyd Tonkin * Slow movements of emotion and plot pull the reader expertly in, and the book with its self-consciously ponderous charm, offers all the pleasures of the best historical fiction. Daily Telegraph
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Framing the life of the nineteenth-century explorer Sir John Franklin, this novel explores not only the adventures of his career, but also enters a world where the quality of life is considered in "slow motion", where ordinary experience becomes wholly new and unexpected.
The publication (or to be more accurate, re-publication) in English of Sten Nadolny's The Discovery of Slowness is a major literary event, not only for connoisseurs of fine historical fiction, but also for those of us who concern themselves with leadership, communication and systems-thinking issues.
First published in Germany in 1983, this powerful novel of the life of explorer John Franklin has never been out-of-print in that country since. This is certainly due in part to its stature as a cleanly-written, keenly-observed literary impression of a chaotic age not dissimilar to our own, and of a man whose slower rhythm seems out of joint with that age. What has contributed to the book's longevity in the meantime, however, is the cult-status it enjoys among managers and leaders as a portrayal of a type of leadership that all eras cry out for: the ability to perceive the world not merely at the level of isolated events, but at a level of deep structure where the dynamics of the whole system are revealed, and plans can be made based on better data and profounder understanding.
John Franklin is uniquely suited to play this role: "slow" from birth, he experiences the world as an endless cycle of data-gathering, reflection, and action based on the systemic patterns that reveal themselves to his silent contemplation. The fact that that action can not only be more appropriate than what other, "faster" contemporaries would have initiated, but also swifter in execution and more permanent in its effect, only insinuates itself slowly on a society caught up in the frenetic pace of the early 1800's. One simply does not have the time; doing takes precedence over reflection and doing.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
this book is unusually thruthful and gripped me from the beginning to the very end - maybe because of the fact that I have something in common with Franklin. So convincinglty written , I'd like to have met the protagonist !
...seit jahren mein lieblingsbuch. ich kaufe es immermal wieder, um es zu verschenken. obgleich es um eine seefahrergeschichte geht, die sonst nicht so mein thema ist. die langsamkeit befällt das buch, den leser und die welt für die zeit des lesens. ein tolles buch.
Das Buch trat zwar rechtzeitig ein, es war aber keinenswegs als "im sehr guten Zustand" zu bewerten, wie der Verkäufer behauptet hatte. Sehr enttäuschend, auch ärgerlich. Ich hätte selbst den Zustand als akzeptabel bezeichnet, weil es braune Flecken sowohl im Text als auch am Umschlag gibt.
I like taking this book out for a long night stroll. Maybe it's lightly raining, of course it's dark with only street lights to light up the words on the page. It moves me through and through Lord! Child! it shorely am good it good it good! it so damn good!