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Time's Arrow [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Martin Amis
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15. Dezember 2003
In this story told backwards, the life of Nazi war criminal, Doctor Tod T. Friendly is told from end to beginning. The doctor dies and then feels markedly better, breaks up with his lovers as a prelude to seducing them and mangles his patients before he sends them home.

Escaping from the body of the dying doctor who had worked in Nazi concentration camps, the doctor’s consciousness begins living the doctor’s life backwards, aware only that he is living the life of a horrible man at a horrible place in time.

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  • Taschenbuch: 176 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage Books; Auflage: New Ed (15. Dezember 2003)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0099455358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099455356
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,2 x 13 x 19,4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 54.916 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“Amis’s backwards world is rigorously imagined. It is a world of pathos and cruel hilarity…but the crux, the test of his vision, is what he does with Auschwitz.” -- Guardian

“Extraordinary…Ironic inversion is essentially a comic device, but its trickery here yields results that are rigorously grave.” -- Independent on Sunday

“Amis’s most daring and ambitious novel.” -- Daily Telegraph

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'A daring and ambitious novel' (Daily Telegraph) that was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen "The world has stopped making sense again..." 7. August 2008
Von Roland F.
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Tod T. Friendly (who is in fact Odilo Unverdorben, a Nazi Doctor and assistant to Josef Mengele in Auschwitz-Birkenau), at the moment of his death in late 20th century New York, re-lives his life (which to the people surrounding him is a complete secret), or more correctly, a shadow or rather perplex and surprised double of Tod Friendly (or John Young, and finally Odilo Unverdorben), who is the narrator of this account, does. Ingeniously, Martin Amis has mirrored this life as inversion, making it something like a upside down account of the 20th century.
Definetely not an easy read in the beginning (Martin Amis never is, thankfully- and reading inverse dialogues is wee bit like running backwards- not that I've tried running backwards though), "Time's Arrow" needs time getting accustomed to, increases momentum until finally Odilo Unverdorben re-enters his mothers womb. Inverse dialogue, inverse sexual acts, inverse life- even Auschwitz and Odilos role during the holocaust inversed: especially this part of this novel is the one making this book an unforgettable reading experience, this is the part, which stuns most, with leaves you breathlessly following Odilos shadows inverse view of the Schoah.
Martin Amis' prose is ironical, black, ice-cold, cruel and consciously pathetical at times. A shattering, stunning and utterly original visionary work of literature.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spannend, unbedingt lesenswert 12. Juli 2014
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Hat ein bisschen gedauert, bis ich das Prinzip verstanden hab (das erste Kapitel hab ich dann nochmal gelesen). Danach ist es einfach ein spannendes und unter die Haut gehendes Buch, je nachdem, wie sehr man sich die "richtige" Zeitlinie vor Augen führt.
Ich empfehle es uneingeschränkt weiter!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The time arrow von Amis 29. November 2010
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Das Buch ist in einem guten Zustand, also ,alles wie in der Beschreibung steht.Das Preis war auch super und es war sehr schnell geliefert.Gern wieder :)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A brilliant and chilling book about the horrors of WW II 1. November 1999
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Time's Arrow describes the life of a Nazi before, during and after World War II. The story is told backwards (hence the title), so the book begins with the death of the main character (living a country doctor'life in the US), commences with all the horror stories of the concentration camps in wratime Germany and ends with birth. The remarkable aspect of the story is that it is indeed told backwards: it's not just a set of chapters put in reverse order, but it is told by a spectator withijn the main character, who experiences everything in reverse order. For everyone interested in the human aspects of World War II, and for everyone who can enjoy a highly original book, this is a book you should not miss.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A very interesting perception 24. Dezember 2001
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The way I personally rate books is dependent on how much of an impression they have made on me. This one made a big one--why? Because it is written backwards. As in, there is a foreign mind in a certain man's head who travels with him in the reverse of his life. It sounds a little complex, but it's really not. The way this other man without a body (who is only a visitor in this man's brain) views the world is entirely in reverse. People walk backwards. Doctors make people sick (because they are all stitched up when they leave, and bloody when they come in, and this is shown in reverse).
The book is about a mostly overdone topic--the Holocaust. However, this "backwards" approach freshens it up a bit and makes it all the more real somehow. The mass murders and hidious mutilations of the body in the concentration camps are viewed by the narrator as a sort of creation, because in the reverse view the Nazi's take hold of the dead bodies, or the ashes, and make them into live humans again.
While I was reading the book it was a little difficult to keep remembering that things were happening in the reverse. When I took breaks from reading my sense of time was a little distorted, as I kept thinking in reverse(even when not reading the book). This book is certainly worth it if you want something to change your perceptions on the world a little.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Bizarre But Powerful 29. August 2007
Von Joseph Barbarie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Martin Amis apparently endured much criticism for this work -- it was, at the time of its publication, considered to be a bit of a "flip" take on the Holocaust. These reactions, as the novel's reputation grows and solidifies, have proven to be overreactions. In fact, the novel's climactic, inverted ending (or beginning, if you prefer) is a powerful testament to the brutality of the Nazi regime, and also a prayer for hope.

The technique of the thing itself is very, very concept-y. A bit precious, perhaps, and not perfectly wrought -- for instance, why shouldn't everything be in reverse? Why shouldn't, for instance, entire sentences be written backwards, with punctuation and capitalization, even reversed?

Looking beyond these surface objections, the sensations of reversal are nicely carried throughout. The premise is made as believable as possible, although the identity and purpose of the homunculus within Todd is never made clear. Suffice it to say that it is another of Amis's interfering narrators, like Sam in "London Fields," or "Martin Amis" in "Money." Such characters are Martin Amis himself.

By the by, for all of its structural contrivances and tromps l'oeil, this is perhaps the most perfectly-plotted of Amis's works (with the possible exception of "Success").
3.0 von 5 Sternen Written backwards 11. Juni 2013
Von Tim Ward - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I found it hard to get into the style. The theme and concept were excellent but reading it backwards lost me at times.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Anti-Jewish sentiment and other ironies 11. September 2011
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Martin Amis' Booker Prize shortlisted book Time's Arrow is a powerful narration of the life of a Nazi war criminal doctor that explores the concepts of cause and effect, love and domination, perspective and reality, creation and destruction, stereotypes and the individual. The story, told backwards and by a third person but in the first person (you'll have to read it to understand this point), is a truly original method in which to render environment, emotion, and time, and is full of Amis' usual relentless irony and wit.

The relationship of cause and effect is perhaps the most powerful and poignant of all in the universe and something that interests me deeply. The inextricable nature of cause always preceding effect has important ramifications for everything. For one, it means time travel is impossible (which calls into question the central premise of this book; however it is a work of fiction so one need not worry about adherence to fundamentals like universal laws of physics!). Second, it means that we humans can foresee the outcomes of our actions by comparison to prior knowledge and experience. It is our ability to predict cause and effect that allows us to view a world that (mostly) makes sense. If effect could arise before cause then one would have no ability to predict the next event and the world would not make sense. Time's Arrow deals with this problem page by page in its backward tense. Eating involves food going from mouth to plate, just for an example. Interestingly, it is the atrocities of Auschwitz (Josef Mengele and his human experimentation is superbly interwoven into the storyline) that make the most sense in the backward monologue, perhaps because it is an act that made the least sense in reality. This paradox is a particularly difficult setting in which to discuss the dualities of creation and destruction, and also of stereotypes.

Ask anyone what traits are found in the average German and you'll most likely get some gormless statement about them being cold, detached, having clinical precision and adhering to procedural excellence. I never pay much interest to stereotypes of any kind as by definition they are an attempt to ascribe traits about individuals that cannot be readily attributed to the geographic or ethnic bounds in which they are prescribed. However, it is difficult to think the atrocities of the Nazi's and not subsume at least some vision of the generic Germanic traits into your thoughts. It is as Martin Amis says in the acknowledgements of his book, Time's Arrow - "The offence was unique, not in its cruelty, nor in its cowardice, but in its style - in its combination of the atavistic and the modern". Indeed there have been many examples of violence, murder and genocide throughout the ages - the Soviet Terror famines, the crusades and inquisitions, the various genocides of the late 20th century. What sets the Nazi `Final Solution' apart is that far from being a pornographic display of gratuitous violence, the Germans instituted mass murder with production line efficiency. It was the most wicked debasement of human solidarity. Amis captures this throughout, all the while the narrator gets the whole damned world wrong (e.g. the Jews are created by the Nazi's).

In contrast to the generally inconsequential Germanic stereotype, anti-Semitism is without question the most despicable of prejudices, owing to the irrational conjoining of the view that Jews are subhuman and archaic with the belief that they collectively form a planned and organised conspiracy to control the world, country or industry. There is jewish joke that Christopher Hitchens retells in Love, Poverty, and War that goes something like `two old jewish men are sitting on a park bench in Berlin in the early 1930s. One of the two is solemnly reading a Jewish newspaper. The other is scanning a Nazi newspaper, and laughing out loud. Finally the first man stops reading and says, "It's bad enough that you read that pro-Hitler rag. But to laugh at it!" The second responds with a shrug. "What if I read your paper? It tells me about Jewish windows being broken, Jewish shops boycotted, Jewish children beaten up in school. So....if I read the Hitler paper it tells me that we Jews control the Whole world!"' Amis touches on this sentiment lightly, however I felt that the book could have made more of this irony and firmed the historical point of the story with reference to The protocols of the Elders of Zion, the old fabrication that accuses the Jews of, amongst other things, a plot for world domination and thickening their matzos with the blood of a non-Jewish child, and was widely distributed and believed in Germany from the 1920's on. Indeed, Hitler's Mein Kampf refers to the Protocols.

Time's Arrow is a book that makes one restless in their seat, quarrelled in the mind and at times, hollow. The prose, so piercingly truthfully introspective while at the same time completely messing with the order of things, prickles the nerves and forces something of a parallel story to be maintained at all times. This parallel story, of course, was the author's intended understanding of the story. The horror, shame, self loathing, atrocity and death that came from unquestionably implementing the procedural genocide for the cruellest of leaders is not something that can be easily reinterpreted without seeming to slip somewhat into reactionary denialism of the David Irving ilk, or downright offensive misrepresentation. Amis, witty as ever, has managed a unique interpretation that deserved higher accolades than runner-up at the Booker pageant.
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