- Taschenbuch: 448 Seiten
- Verlag: Hodder and Stoughton Ltd.; Auflage: 2nd Revised edition (20. April 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0340739754
- ISBN-13: 978-0340739754
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 2,9 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 8 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 26.798 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Ghostwritten (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 20. April 2000
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"What is real and what is not?": David Mitchell's first novel, Ghostwritten: A Novel in Nine Parts, plays with this question throughout its "parts". (That there are 10 sections is just part of the mystery of this book's schema.) Told through a range of voices, scattered across the globe--Tokyo, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Petersburg, London--Ghostwritten has been described as a "firework display, shooting off in a dozen different narrative directions" (Adam Lively).
Certainly, Mitchell offers his readers a vertiginous, sometimes seductive, display of persona and place. "Twenty million people live and work in Tokyo," he writes in "Okinawa", the first section in the novel. "It's so big that nobody really knows where it stops." That sense of the global extension of the (post)modern city, the networks-- cultural, technological, phantasmagoric--to which it gives rise, is one key to this story of a Japanese death cult devoted to purging the "unclean" (gas attacks on the metro). "No, in Tokyo you have to make your place inside your head": that's how this immense world gets smaller, more subjective, more mad, as the narrator, Mr Kobayashi, sheds his "old family of the skin" to join a new "family of the spirit". It's a common theme. "I'm this person, I'm this person, I'm that person, I'm that person too," chants the voice of "Hong Kong", in the second section of the book. "No wonder it's all such a fucking mess." Neal's talking about his world, his life as a Hong Kong trader--"he's a man of departments, compartments, apartments"--but he might also be describing the experience of reading Ghostwritten. At once loquacious and knowing, leisurely and frantic, Mitchell offers his readers a huge, but fragmentary, portmanteau which builds in the links between its parts--aching bodies, reality police, the "ghost" writer in the machine of contemporary life, its mad, comic, and cosmic voices--without quite convincing you that they really do come together. -- Vicky Lebeau
An astonishing debut. Independent One of the best first novels I've read in a long time ... I couldn't put it down. -- AS Byatt Mail on Sunday A remarkable novel by a young writer of remarkable talent. Observer The best first novel I have read in ages ... it beguiles, informs, shocks and captivates. -- William Boyd Daily Telegraph If you want to know what the distinctive literature of the 21st century will look like, begin here. -- Boyd Tonkin Independent Fabulously atmospheric and wryly perceptive ... a huge new talent. -- Books of the Year GuardianAlle Produktbeschreibungen
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Ghostwritten is very much a book of the nineties. It starts of as a thriller, with a story based on the Japanese Aum cult that released Sarin gas in the underground. This is fairly faithful to the real life events, but by having this part narrated by a devotee of His Serendipity, we don't actually get to see the whole folly of the actual cult leader Asahara. The experimental Sarin gas attack in the Nagano Prefecture did happen, there were links to Korea and Russia, and Ashara's wife did denounce AUM to a certain degree. And then we're whisked off to Tokyo for a very sweet love story, accompanied by some nice jazz. David Mitchell must like John Coltrane. From there, we're summoned to Hong Kong to see a British trader embroiled in some kind of unbearable Barings disaster, and you start to wonder whether David Mitchell has watched too much CNN. The action then shifts to a Holy Mountain in China, and Mitchell covers the Cultural Revolution very well.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
Man hat wirklich das Gefühl, dass sich Mitchell zu Beginn seiner Schriftstellerkarriere erst einmal hingesetzt hat, um das Grundgerüst all dessen zu konstruieren, was er überhaupt je zu schreiben gedachte. So taucht zum Beispiel das Seelenwanderungsmotiv aus dem Kapitel "Mongolia" erst in den "Bone Clocks" wieder auf, seinem bislang letzten Roman. Man darf wirklich gespannt sein, mit welcher Ausblühung seiner unerschöpflichen Fantasie er uns als nächstes überraschen wird, vor allem welche Ausformungen seine Visionen der menschgemachten Apokalypse annehmen werden, je mehr wir uns derselben nähern - in den "Bone Clocks" sind sie schon auf beklemmende Weise überzeugend.
You can also say "What goes around comes around"... just like a certain Metro Line in London.
All the 10 (!) Chapters but 9 places are based on someones perception of "Ghost".
In "Okinawa" it is the purification of the ghosts - as in souls - by a young "pure one", a member of the Fellowship of the New Earth who made that coward gas attack in the Metro of Tokio. Now, hiding out on an island at the large of Okinawa, he makes a telefone call for help...
Which will arrive in "Tokyo" at the rare-discs-shop where young Satoru is working. He is a hobby saxophonist who meets the first real love of his life just in this shop - where the ghosts of all those defunct Jazz players are looming. And she invites him to her home...
Which is in "Hongkong" where we also meet a money-launderer for some Russian mobsters. His wife has left him for England to divorce. He himself remaines in the common flat where the ghost of a little girl is seeking company. His maid - a Tibetan-born but Hongkong-raised "one-of-a-kind" type is sucking all the money and life out of him - until he meets his destiny precisely under the Big Bright Buddha statue on Lantau Island...
The most gripping story of all - that is my opinion - is "Holy Mountain", the tale of a Tibetan woman getting old in the shadow of The Holy Mountain. Over and over again her small tea & noodle shack will be destroyed but she rebuilts it all the times. Because she has a ghost in a tree to whom she speaks and who answers, giving her hope and advice. And at the - for her lucky - end there will some connection to the story before...
In "Mongolia" a non-entity - a ghost - has the possibilities to transfer him-herself from one person to another - until there will be an harsh decision to make for him/her.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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