- Taschenbuch: 832 Seiten
- Verlag: Orion Publishing Co (22. Juli 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0575090995
- ISBN-13: 978-0575090996
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 4,5 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 38 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 42.945 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Dhalgren (S.F. Masterworks) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 22. Juli 2010
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What is Dhalgren? Dhalgren is one of the greatest novels of 20th-century American literature. Dhalgren is one of the all-time bestselling science fiction novels. Dhalgren may be read with equal validity as SF, magic realism, or metafiction. Dhalgren is controversial, challenging, and scandalous. Dhalgren is a brilliant novel about sex, gender, race, class, art, and identity.
A mysterious disaster has stricken the midwestern American city of Bellona, and its aftereffects are disturbing: a city block burns down and is intact a week later; clouds cover the sky for weeks, then part to reveal two moons; a week passes for one person when only a day passes for another. The catastrophe is confined to Bellona, and most of the inhabitants have fled. But others are drawn to the devastated city, among them the Kid, a white/American Indian man who can't remember his own name. The Kid is emblematic of those who live in the new Bellona, who are the young, the poor, the mad, the violent, the outcast--the marginalized.
Dhalgren is many things, but instantly accessible isn't one of them. While most of this big, ambitious, deeply detailed novel is beautifully pellucid, the opening pages will be difficult for some: the novel starts with the second half of an incomplete sentence, in the viewpoint of a man who doesn't know who he is. If you find the early pages rough going, push on; the story soon becomes clear and fascinating. But--fair warning--the central nature of the disaster, of its strange devastations and disruptions, remains a puzzle for many readers, sometimes after several readings.
Spoiler warning: If you want to figure out the secret of the novel as you read Dhalgren, then stop reading this review right now! If you want to know the secret before you start, this is what the novel is about: the experience of existence inside a novel. Time passes differently for different characters. A river changes location. Stairs change their number. The Kid looks in a mirror and sees not himself, but someone who looks an awful lot like Samuel R. Delany. Central images include mirrors, lenses, and prisms, devices that focus, reflect--and distort. The Kid fills a notebook with a journal that may be Dhalgren, and is uncertain if he has written much, or any, of it. The characters don't know they're in a novel, but they know something is wrong. Dhalgren explores the relationship between characters and author (or, perhaps, characters, "author," and author).
The final chapter can be even tougher going than the opening pages, with its viewpoint change and its stretches of braided narrative--and the novel ends with the beginning of an unfinished sentence. But the last chapter becomes clear as you persevere; and when you get to that unfinished closing line, turn to the first line of the novel to finish the sentence and close the narrative circle. --Cynthia Ward -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
"A Joycean tour de force of a novel, Dhalgren…stake[s] a better claim than anything published in the country in the last quarter-century (excepting only Gass’s Omensetter’s Luck and Nabokov’s Pale Fire) to a permanent place as one of the enduring monuments of our national literature."–The Libertarian Review -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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But, but, but -- much of the text is pointless. For example, a multi-page description of a recording session reads more like a creative writing class exercise than actual literature, and certainly proves Elvis Costello's observation that writing about music is like dancing about architecture -- uninformative and pretentious. Descriptions of the decaying city are initially interesting but they become dull with repetition. The characters' endless philosophizing is obscure, and often trite. This and other verbiage makes much of the book tough going, and buries key elements of the story line.
Finally, Dhalgren should not be seen as science fiction. The only new technologies are peripheral to the plot, and there are no societal developments to differentiate Dhalgren from the world of the late 1960s. Rather, the book is more a ham-handed magical realism, with the city of Bellona a bloated, pornographic Macondo.
I was an English major in college and I have never read anything like it. I've read it two or three times since then and I still don't get it all. Am I supposed to? I would love to meet Delany and ask him what it all means, but I'm sure he would say that would ruin the whole point.
One of the things that stands out most is the dialogue. It's amazingly written. Pick out any piece of dialogue (without the speaker's name) and anyone familiar with the text would know exactly who was speaking. That's very difficult to accomplish. His characters are so real, so convincing, it's seem like they are alive somethere, still living.
I think the loop of the beginning and end, "... to wound..." is one of the strengths of the novel. It's better to not know the answers. If everything was spelled out, what fun would that be? The ambiguity gives it depth and intrigue.
I think about aspects of this story with frightening regularity. Everytime I go under a street light, I think of Dhalgren. I swear one pulses and dies just because I am looking. Everytime I look at the moon, I think of George.
An interesting part sticks with me. I'll paraphrase: in a week, I can't remember five days. In a year, how many days will YOU never think of again. How true is that? Wow. What were you doing on Sep. 9th, 1994? If it's your B-day, anniversary, or whatever think of another date. How insignificant mundane, day-to-day things are in the grand sceme of time. Nothing matters, only hugely significant things are remembered or important.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
The first-person narrator's amnesic madness means that nothing really has to make sense. One should be impressed by the sustained lack of focus, since Delany's earlier books such as Nova and Babel-17 are crystalline in their plotting. But in such a long, long book, Tolstoian scale is replaced by episode after interchangable episode that is finally even admitted within the text 3/4ths of the way through. Of course, in modern literature, all contracts with the reader have been abrogated, and such dazed and confused loss of control over events is an authorial state to be celebrated.
But the kid's status as a serious, effective poet provides opportunity for the development of some remarkable images and set pieces.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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After "Nova", which is truly a gem of a book, "Dhalgren" was a profound disappointment to me -- an endless, mindless flood of postmodernist drivel, without plot or meaning, boring... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 9. Oktober 2007 von Dr. Ruediger Flaig
In my humble opinion "Dhalgren" is one of the finest pieces of modern epic fiction ever written. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2000 von Vincent Priceless
Dhalgren bears some superficial resemblance to science fiction, but it's after something much more ambitious than most SF. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 1. Juni 2000 von Jeremy P. Bushnell
"You have confused the true and the real," reads the epigram at the beginning of this long, complex novel. The true and the real? Are they different? So what? Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 10. Mai 2000 von bookman
SF in the 70's was characterized by Lifestyle SF (as termed by Brian Aldiss) as opposed to Hard scientific SF for example. Dhalgren was simply the best among the lifestyle genre. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 9. März 2000 von Jonald G. Morales
I am obsessed with Delany, and I probably always will be. I still bite my fingernails because of him. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 24. Februar 2000 von Jeremy Gross
Dahlgren is one of those novels that simply begs to be read over and over in order to try and get a gasp on what is happening to the characters and surroundings in this psuedo... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 19. Januar 2000 veröffentlicht
This is a wonderful book by Samuel R. Delany. I have met him before with my parents and he seemed to be a nice guy. This is a very interesting book. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 18. Dezember 1999 von Noelle
I read Dahlgren in the late 70's when I was in my twenties. It remains one of my favorite books - in fact, I always think of it as "the book that changed my life. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 1. Dezember 1999 von Gail McCulloch