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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Books; Auflage: 1 (30. August 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 9780143119821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143119821
  • ASIN: 0143119826
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 1,6 x 19,6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 137.591 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"Unnerving. . . . An absorbing picture of dawning apocalypse. . . . A disturbing portrait of a society convinced it's close to utopia when a cure for aging is invented. Unsurprisingly, it doesn't take long for that seeming utopia to dissolve into a planet-overstressed from overpopulation, food and fuel shortages, and general lawlessness-going into systemic failure. . . . The Postmortal is a suitably chilling entry into the 'it's-the-end-of-the-world' canon." — The Austin Chronicle

"Magary's vision of future technology and science is eerily realistic. . . . By the time you finish, you'll want to hold your loved ones close and stockpile bottles of water. If all else fails, you could potentially make a living selling them a few decades from now." — The New York Press

"An exciting page turner. . . . Drew Magary is an excellent writer. This is his first novel but he tells the story masterfully. . . . The most frightening thing about The Postmortal is that this could really happen-it's not a supernatural story, but it's even more terrifying than zombie apocalypse." — Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing

"The first novel from a popular sports blogger and humorist puts a darkly comic spin on a science fiction premise and hits the sweet spot between Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut. . . . [Magary] understands that satire is most effective when it gives the real world a gently absurd nudge, then lets its characters react much as we ourselves might under the same circumstances." — Ron Hogan, Shelf Awareness

"Immortality has figured in a number of sf novels prior to this one, but never, to my experience, in this way. . . . A very clear-eyed picture, one I don't think has been drawn before. . . . The Postmortal surprised me in a good way." — Michelle West, Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine

"The Postmortal is a punchy, fast-paced and endearing story. . . . As the novel progresses, it turns from a snappy morality tale, to a noir- ish revenge fable, to an action movie; complete with guns, rogue religious cults and government-sanctioned hit men. The narrative comes to us through John's blog entries and collections of news bytes and pundit commentary. Through his sixty years as a 29-year-old, he experiences all the love, pain, grief, and terror of a standard lifetime and is still in good enough shape to kick some ass at the end. Like much good dystopian fiction, The Postmortal is an at-times unflattering commentary on human beings, present, past and future, that hits the mark in many ways. . . . For anyone intrigued with Life Extension science, it's a fun examination of our fears and expectations." — The Nervous Breakdown

"A darkly comic, totally gonzo, and effectively frightening population- bomb dystopia in the spirit of Logan's Run, Soylent Green, and the best episodes of The Twilight Zone." — Neal Pollack, author of Alternadad and Stretch

"As insanely entertaining as it is ambitious, The Postmortal takes us into an America set in the next few years and coming apart under the onslaught of a dreadful new plague--that of human immortality. Magary possesses an explosive imagination and let loose in The Postmartal, he creates an alternate history of the near future that feels real and is probably inevitable. Read The Postmortal if you want to find out what happened to the human race in our last violent and absurd few years in New York." — Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill

“As insanely entertaining as it is ambitious, The Postmortal takes us into an America set in the next few years and coming apart under the onslaught of a dreadful new plague—that of human immortality. Magary possesses an explosive imagination and let loose in The Postmartal, he creates an alternate history of the near future that feels real and is probably inevitable. Read The Postmortal if you want to find out what happened to the human race in our last violent and absurd few years in New York.” — L. Jon Wertheim, coauthor of Scorecasting

"As someone who is totally freaked out by the thought of dying, The Postmortal really stood on top of me and peed on my face. It's depiction of the future isn't filled with crappy robots fighting Will Smith. It's filled with eerily realistic portrayals of what the future could look like and does it all in an incredibly entertaining story." — Justin Halpern, author of Sh*t My Dad Says

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Drew Magary is a correspondent for GQ and a columnist for Deadspin and Gawker. He’s also the author of the critically acclaimed novels Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood, and Men with Balls: The Professional Athlete’s Handbook. He lives in Maryland with his wife and three kids.

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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Johanna am 4. Januar 2012
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John Farrell, 29 Jahre alt, lässt sich das illegale Mittel verabreichen, welches das Alterungs-Gen der DNA lahm legt. Bald darauf wird das Mittel legalisiert und der Großteil der Menschheit wird quasi in ihrem momentanen Alter eingefroren. Doch niemand hat über die langfristigen Folgen nachgedacht. Wie soll die Welt damit umgehen, dass einfach kaum noch jemand stirbt? Das menschliche Leben verliert schnell an Wert mit radikalen Konsequenzen. Die Bedeutung von Ehe, Liebe, Religion und Arbeit verändert sich. Bald muss man sich mit dem Problem der Überbevölkerung auseinandersetzen; mit Sterbewünschen; dem Umgang mit neuem Leben; mit dem Niedergang der traditionellen Religionen und dem Aufstieg der Church of Man und ihrer endlosen Verehrung der Göttlichkeit des Menschen; mit der zunehmend problematischen "Versorgung" von Kriminellen in staatlichen Gefängnissen; mit aufkommender Langeweile; mit Terrorismus, Pro-Death Kämpfern und normal sterblichen Menschen; und vor allem mit der niemals endenden Fähigkeit der Menschen zu Krieg, Grausamkeit und dem Streben nach Macht.
Inmitten dieses Chaos des 21. Jahrhunderts versucht John seinen persönlichen Lebenssinn zu finden.

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Das Buch von Drew Magary hat einen ganz eigenen Stil. Es ist in zahlreiche, kurze Kapitel eingeteilt. Gerade am Anfang wird weniger die Geschichte des Hauptcharakters erzählt als vielmehr ein Bild der zukünftigen Gesellschaft geschildert. Blog-Einträge, Zeitungsberichte, Interviews und Ähnliches machen einen großen Teil des Buches aus. Anfangs dachte ich, das würde mich nerven, ich würde sie schnell überblättern, um zur Story zurück zu gelangen.
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Viele Science-Fiction-Autoren haben sich mit dem Thema Unsterblichkeit befasst. Mal in amüsanten Kurzgeschichten wie Robert Sheckley oder Alfred Bester, mal als ausgewachsener Roman wie im vorliegenden Fall der Autor Drew Magary. Es wird geschildert, wie sich die Verfügbarkeit einer Medizin gegen das Altern erst auf die amerikanische Gesellschaft und dann auf die ganze Welt auswirkt. Das ganze passiert anhand eines Helden, der die Therapie selbst allzugerne in Anspruch nimmt und im Laufe seines langen Lebens immer mehr an sich und der Umwelt verzweifelt. Das böse Ende ist unausweichlich. Leser, die sich gerne amüsieren möchten, sollten das Buch meiden. Es ist ziemlich deprimierend. Ich fand es aber ausgesprochen lesenswert.
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52 von 58 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Dystopian humor 30. August 2011
Von TChris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In 2019, the "cure for aging" -- gene therapy -- is legal in only four countries, but immortality can be purchased on the black market. The issue is divisive: gene therapy's opponents use terrorist tactics to attack the black market while protests in favor of legalizing the cure turn ugly. The desire to cheat death ultimately triumphs.

John Farrell takes the cure without devoting much thought to its downside: If you stop aging, retirement isn't an option and you can forget about social security. If your parents don't die, you don't inherit. If you live forever, you never experience eternal respite from annoying relatives and politicians, it's less easy to ignore future threats like global warming, and the escape clause from your marital vows -- until death do us part -- becomes a nullity. Couples often say they marry so they can grow old together. Would they bother with marriage if eternal youth made possible an eternal choice of partners? On a more serious note, the pressures of overpopulation would dramatically increase the already unsustainable consumption of finite resources, a predicament that would initially lead to hoarding, then to war, and ultimately to a barren planet.

Beginning in 2019, Farrell blogs about the impact gene therapy has on his life and the world. The introduction to The Postmortal advises us that Farrell's text files are discovered in 2090. Through Farrell's eyes, we watch the escalating disaster: the rise of pro-death pressure, the burgeoning prison populations resulting from life sentences that last forever, the harsh measures China imposes to assure that its citizens forego the cure, the glorification of suicide, the fracturing of society. Some blog entries reproduce news stories, political punditry, and advertisements (including a FAQ promoting a new religion). Some of Farrell's entries are observational, others are personal.

Postmortal is not immortal; death still occurs from injury and disease, suicide and murder. Death is a frequent subject of Farrell's blog as people close to him are killed. After a few decades, Farrell becomes an end specialist (sort of a futuristic Kevorkian, except that the government not only approves of assisted suicide but rewards it with a tax rebate). It is difficult to fault Farrell's role in the postmortal future. Compared, at least, to the roving street gangs, organ thieves, and religious charlatans, Farrell's job seems both necessary and altruistic.

Although Drew Magary describes a terrifying future, he keeps the tone light -- perhaps too light. The Postmortal works surprisingly well as a dystopian comedy (if there is such a thing), but the incongruity of laughter and disaster robs the story of its potential power. In the novel's third act, after an event called "the correction" occurs, the story appears to take a more serious course. The disconnect between humor and horror at that point becomes jarring; it is not a line Magary straddles comfortably. Viewed as a cautionary tale about the consequences of overpopulation, the comedy seems misplaced; viewed as a farcical take on the desire for immortality, the drama overshadows the farce.

Those reservations aside, I have no qualms about recommending The Postmortal to readers who aren't put off by dark comedy. While I got a kick out of Magary's humor (his dialog is both realistic and insanely funny), I also enjoyed pondering the issues he raises. Magary obviously gave considerable imaginative thought to the consequences of a genetic cure for aging (including its impact on home run records). There were times when I thought the story went off course, but there was never a moment when my interest in the novel waned. In the end, Magary tells us, there is only the inevitable end. If you can accept that -- even more, if you can laugh about it -- I suspect you'll like The Postmortal.
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Great premise - not sure the finished product tracked my expectations though... 15. Dezember 2011
Von Jill-Elizabeth (Jill Franclemont) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I love the premise of this book - in our world in the not-so-distant future, a cure for aging has been discovered. The President has banned it in the U.S., but it is available on the black market. John Farrell, a bit of an Everyman who happens to be a divorce lawyer, has a connection and decides to take The Cure.

Initially, mayhem and madness ensue, in the best possible ways. John's future world is one of snarkiness, dark gallows humor, Shocking Revelations, and more than a few unexpected twists and turns. At least, it is in the first handful of chapters. After that, well, it becomes a lot darker and the gallows humor becomes more gallows and less humor. Random acts of violence, bitterness, resentment, ennui, and the decline of all forms of faith, hope and love are apparently the name of the game in the future. If we really are in for that kind of future, I am in no rush to sign up - let alone to extend my stay with a late check-out.

In other words, eek, she said.

The book started out terrifically, laugh-out-loud funny. And then shifted, on a dime, to horrifically, cry-out-loud depressing.

The subject matter is heavy - I get it. Issues of resource management, over-population, who "deserves" to be kept alive, and our obligations to one another in society are weighty topics. So is the concept of death. They deserve to be treated with respect - although I'm also fairly certain that they deserve to be treated with mockery and sarcasm because we don't want to take ourselves too seriously, now do we?

There are a lot of take-home platitudinous messages in the book because of the weight of the topics covered. "Be careful what you wish for" is, obviously, prime among them. But "nothing good lasts forever," "to everything there is a season," and "only the good die young" have their places in the sun too. And for the most part, Magary uses them well - they serve to demonstrate the ridiculousness and hypocrisy of many characters and situations, and to provide a nice reminder every now and then about the dangers of over-thinking and under-feeling.

There are also a lot of great lines and darkly funny situations. That's how the book was billed, and the author (Drew Magary) did deliver. This is what I expected the major focus of the book to be, actually, given Magary's other writing credits. I mean, hello, how can you not expect great things from a man whose other book is titled "Men With Balls: The Professional Athlete's Handbook" and who also writes for Deadspin, Maxim, and has contributed to Comedy Central, Playboy, and Penthouse? So humor - dark, odd, random, man-focused humor I expected - especially after reading Magary's own take on his book on Deadspin.

But then he went off on a dystopian "the future is scary!" tangent or two (or six or twelve). And that I found a tad wearing after a while...

Again, I get it. The book is a combo entertainment/cautionary tale. But the existential angst surrounding John Farrell and his family/friends was entertaining for a while, then it got a little heavy-handed to my tastes. Personally, I don't know that I see all that much appeal in a cure for aging. From the beginning, I rather fell in line with the pro-death traditionalists (and John's father) when they pointed out that everything good must come to an end - and that this is not necessarily a bad thing or something to avoid, but just a necessary part of life and the appreciation of what we have. This is, ultimately, the message Magary sends us away with - and it's a good one. But frankly, I think he could have delivered it without quite as many participants in the parade of horribles that poor John Farrell had to deal with along the way...
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Depressing, disturbing, compelling, captivating read 6. April 2013
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This is a disturbing, depressing, compelling, captivating read. I have no experience with Magary's other writings. Perhaps that is why I found no humor in the book as other's have said they found. As I read this book, I kept thinking of Lord of the Flies.

The book begins with an account of the discovery of 60 years of John Farell's "text files" containing an account of his life and the world within which he lived. We are told that these materials are being presented as "incontrovertible evidence that the cure for aging must never again be legalized".

Farell describes his decision to seek the "cure" as an obsession: "I instantly wanted it more than I had ever wanted anything....It was a want. A hunger. A naked compulsion that was bullet proof to logic and reason."

The doctor who gives Farell the cure, describes the people who come to him as vane and obsessive:

"When people come through my door, the first and only thing they think about is, `Oh boy, I'm gonna live forever.' But they don't stop to consider what that means. They want to live forever, but they don't think about what they're going to have to live with. What they'll have to carry with them. And whether or not that's something they really, truly want."

The doctor also tells Farell he can never "die a natural, peaceful death". To which Farell responds.

"I don't think most people die natural, peaceful deaths," I said. "All the loved ones I've seen die have been sick, frail, and helpless. Undergoing chemo. Lying in hospitals. Soiling their beds. Two of my grandparents died alone, with no one to talk to. I don't think natural death offers much in the way of gentle relief. I think it's a slow, wrenching thing I'd like to try to get far, far away from."

When Farell's roommate points out that he can never retire and asks "Did you consider that?", Farell tells us "I had, but I'd placed it squarely in the `things I prefer not to think about' pile."

Farell also shares a rant by a Rush Limbaugh-like, libertarian pundit, who supports the cure. The pundit, criticizes opposition to the cure as "liberal thinking at it's absolute worst. They don't want to give you the opportunity to make your own choices." Farell tells us, "I think a lot of what he says is perfectly reasonable - but he delivered a diatribe yesterday that was pretty nuts."

In short, there is a lot to chew on here. While you are chewing, try substituting other social and political changes confronting us in today's world.

This is not the best book I've ever read. But it was good enough. For me it was a page turner, despite the fact that it disturbed and depressed me. I'm glad I read it and I recommend it.

If you want great speculative writing on the peril's of genetic engineering and its consequences, try Margaret Attwood's Oryx and Crake, and the sequel, Year of the Flood. If you want a great feel-good read set in a post apocalyptic world, where people use virtual reality to escape the dark world they actually live in, try Ernest Cline's Ready Player One.
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Dark, tragic dystopian future. 10. Juli 2014
Von Jalon Q. Zimmerman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Pretty good for a first novel. Postmortal is an endgame of over-population and world collapse via the elimination of aging. The book does a good job of pointing out the intriguingly small and large consequences of never getting older.

People still die due to sickness and disease but in the beginning aging is ended. Farther on in the story, the extension of lifespan leads to the development of a nanite-based miracle cure, really ending sickness and death.

Long ago, stories would see the elimination of aging and sickness as the dawn of utopia. Today, we take a much darker view. Mothers who keep their baby as a baby forever, toddlers who will never grow up and farm animals who never get old. Externally managed metabolism turns people into roving crowds that strip fields of plants, eat animals and even other humans in a never-ending search for more calories.

As over-population sets in, the rapid decline of the worth of an individual is made all the more chilling by the obvious extension of present and past cultural reactions to over-population.

Sometimes a journal, sometimes a traditional story, sometimes a collection of media releases. This seems to detract at times from the flow.

This is not a happy story. The book wavers between what could be dark humor and just plain tragic. One thing that is done well is the gradual build-up of tension throughout the book to the final end. As others have noted, Soylent Green would be a good comparison.

As I visit the area often, I liked seeing how the story has Eden Center, 7 Corners and the Four Sisters restaurant turn out. Sadly, I think Four Sisters has closed.
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Not bad, not great. 9. Oktober 2011
Von Shlok Vaidya - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
The Postmortal plays with the premise that humanity solves aging. You get a cure, and you can still die (cancer, a bullet), but you stop aging, forever looking your current age. The ideapack includes resource scarcity, city-states, nuclear warfare, and human augmentation.

The author does a good job with pacing (actually, the more I think about it, excellent), and it's nice that he mixes up the narrative with press releases, presidential speeches, and other kind of `first hand evidence.'

But the book suffers from unevenness. It has a little bit of everything- like doodads an agent thought could be added to land a movie deal. Some sentences are poignant, some sentences are hilarious in a lighthearted way, others are dark humor funny. The writing is best when it's about the protagonist and his thinking, or even just the author's thoughts on a post-aging future (like the quote above), but things come off the rails when the writing expands to a societal level. It's an incoherent worldview -Joker-esque bad guys and preppers and religion- that could have been fixed with some disciplined editing.

That said, it is an interesting read, but not one I'm really recommending to anyone. Like much of the first half, the book doesn't stand out. I don't really feel strongly about it either way - read it if you have time and it sounds interesting. Don't if it doesn't. I will, however, keep an eye on the author, and hope future efforts are more in tune with his strengths (the second half) and less muddled along the way.
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