- Gebundene Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: Viking; Auflage: Open market ed (13. Oktober 1987)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0670804681
- ISBN-13: 978-0670804689
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 2,5 x 2,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 6 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.174.409 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Discovery of Slowness (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 13. Oktober 1987
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Praise for Sten Nadolny and The Discovery of Slowness
"Absolutely stunning."Times Literary Supplement
"This remarkable, superbly translated novel derives from the life of the real 19th century explorer John Franklin [whose] adventures are conveyed with spellbinding skill."Publishers Weekly
"Nadolny evinces remarkable empathy with his unlikely Odysseus and Ralph Freedman's translation captures the crystalline freshness of the author's imagery."Washington Post Book World
"The Discovery of Slowness is a masterpiece of characterization, a portrait of inwardness in the most outward-thrusting of lives."The New Republic
"Fluid and suspenseful, a thought-provoking reminder of contemporary society's tendency to speed through everyday life."The Providence Journal-Bulletin
"Amazing His book is a historical painting, a seafarer's novel, a love story, an outcast's story all in one. This variety appears very harmonious, just as it incidentally, almost secretly, reflects on our right to discover the world at our own, personal pace."Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung
"Sir John Franklin is the embodied contrast to the frenetic agitation of the modern world. The discovery of slowness is the slowness of discovery."New York Review of Books
"Nadolny's vision is conveyed with restraint and charm He has written a Utopia of character."New York Times Book Review
"Its appeal lies in its observation of the texture of life, seen by a character who has to work everything out from first principles. It needs to be read slowly, to be absorbed as much as understood."Scotland On Sunday
"This is more than an adventure; it's a meditation on time and perception Not to be rushed, or forgotten."The Herald
"Nadolny brilliantly sets the narrative pace to the rhythms of the frozen landscape, and to the 'slowness which is bred by hunger.'"Robert MacFarlane
"This is both a wonderful historical novel and a spell-binding individual portrait This is a marvellous translation of a masterly work."The Observer
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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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.
It is, however, through his in-born inability to act in any other manner that John Franklin's career is made, first as a seaman, then as a hero at Trafalgar, as the captain of 3 expeditions in search of the Northwest Passage that instinct tells him must exist, and as the Governor of Tasmania. Author Nadolny is, one suspects, as much concerned with his protagonist's inner journey of adaptation to the world (and the world's to him) as with the external details that lead up to the final, fateful voyage to the Arctic regions and the disappearance of the Franklin expedition in 1845. The measure of Nadolny's artistic success is that he achieves our undivided attention and caring at both levels with his breathtakingly simple prose.
Penguin books has done us a great service by re-releasing the elegant Ralph Freedman translation, once fleetingly available from Viking. For people in search of an elegant humanitarian classic, or a portrayal of the much-touted "servant leadership" in action, The Discovery of Slowness may well be the discovery of the summer. And those who agree about its status as a contemporary classic will want to investigate the same author's delicious Hermes-novel, The God of Impertinence, also newly published by Viking
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.
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