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“Darkly comic. . . . Sharp-eyed, sardonic, hilarious. . . . Julavits is at her acrobatically linguistic best. . . . Remarkable.”
The New York Times Book Review

“It is always an adventure and a delight to read Heidi Julavits. Her intellectual brio and descriptive inventiveness are on full display in The Vanishers, but she’s gone further this time by inventing a new genre: the astral detective thriller.”
—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

“An absorbing meditation on female competition with Hitchcockian twists. . . . Gripping.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Part coming-of-age story, part murder mystery, part absurdist romp, part neurological novel. . . . . Julavits’ characters are as earnestly bizarre as Haruki Murakami’s, and she’s as funny as Lorrie Moore.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Sharply original. . . . Stylish and fiercely funny. . . . A wild, fun ride that doesn’t let up until the last sentence. . . . Julavits is a fearlessly inventive writer.”

“Julavits is a keen observer of the high drama. . . . An evocative writer, she conjures up the supernatural in a way that feels plausible. . . . Haunting.”
The Economist

“The protagonist . . . could join the ranks of literature’s most unreliable narrators, alongside Humbert Humbert and Huck Finn.”
Wall Street Journal 

“Themes of loss, reinvention and the ways women build each other up and tear each other down . . . run through The Vanishers. But Julavits balances the emotional vertigo with sharp wit. . . . Like a dream, it’s never anything but intriguing.”
The Seattle Times

“Julavits has a questing, eclectic intellect. . . . She creates a sophisticated symmetry in the final surprising moments of Julia’s story, and, as if in an encore, adds an adroit comic flip at the end.”
The Boston Globe

“A fascinating inquiry into matriarchal structures: their power struggles, the projections, distortions, and anxieties that result, and, above all, the creative—and destructive—energies that they unleash. A real achievement.”
—Tom McCarthy, author of Remainder and C

“Thrilling, subversive insights. . . . Powerful in many ways. . . . On the subject of loss in particular, Julavits is an expert, writing with eloquence and poetry.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Bristling with wicked humor and sharp-edged irony, The Vanishers explores the ways in which the dead can haunt the living and the often painful persistence of memory.”
Huffington Post

“A blistering read. Female aggression may lurk everywhere, but Julavits decides to unleash her antagonists in a quirky realm, the fictional Institute of Integrated Parapsychology, a New Hampshire school for students of the occult. . . . If you’re lucky, you have one brazen friend who can mesmerize the room with a wild story. If you’re not, The Vanishers will provide a similar jolt of transgressive, feminine thrill.”
The Plain Dealer

“Julavits is no ordinary writer, and the meta-heavy brilliance of her fourth novel is something akin to a Sylvia Plath poem transferred telepathically to a psychic who happens to be solving a missing-person’s case while being film-followed by artist Sophie Calle.”

“Fantastic, deep and complicated. . . . Explores the way loss, disappointment, anger, deception and trauma can bleed down from generation to generation. . . . A complicated, often troubling meditation on the complexities of relationships.”
The Boston Phoenix

“Clever. . . . Funny, affecting. . . . Julavits has imagined an ambitious world that reveals the depths of the matriarchal power structure. . . . At the same time, [she] does some clever twisting to the classic revenge plot. . . . Satisfying in all its attempts as a robust mystery, satire of academia, and finicky family drama.”

“One of the best novels I’ve ever read, delivering all the immediate pleasures of mystery, horror, and satire while exploring grief in language that is as shocking for its originality as its precision. Julavits takes readers on a wild ride that hops continents and decades, but the real setting of The Vanishers is the gray territory between sickness and health, sanity and delusion, love and hatred, life and death.”
—Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! and St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves


From the acclaimed novelist and The Believer editor HEIDI JULAVITS, a wildly imaginative and emotionally intense novel about mothers, daughters, and the psychic damage women can inflict on one another.
Is the bond between mother and daughter unbreakable, even by death?
Julia Severn is a student at an elite institute for psychics. Her mentor, the legendary Madame Ackermann, afflicted by jealousy, refuses to pass the torch to her young disciple. Instead, she subjects Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide when Julia was an infant. As the two lock horns, and Julia gains power, Madame Ackermann launches a desperate psychic attack that leaves Julia the victim of a crippling ailment.
Julia retreats to a faceless job in Manhattan. But others have noted Julia's emerging gifts, and soon she's recruited to track down an elusive missing person—a controversial artist who might have a connection to her mother. As Julia sifts through ghosts and astral clues, everything she thought she knew of her mother is called into question, and she discovers that her ability to know the minds of others—including her own—goes far deeper than she ever imagined.
As powerful and gripping as all of Julavits's acclaimed novels, The Vanishers is a stunning meditation on grief, female rivalry, and the furious power of a daughter's love.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2687 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 306 Seiten
  • Verlag: Anchor; Auflage: 1st (13. März 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Screenreader: Unterstützt
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.0 von 5 Sternen 1 Kundenrezension
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Dieser Roman war für mich eine Achterbahnfahrt der Gefühle. Schon nach wenigen Seiten war ich fest entschlossen, das Buch zu lieben, es ist großartig geschrieben und geheimnisvoll. Eigentlich könnte ich gar nichts Schlechtes darüber sagen, wenn nicht...ja, wenn ich nicht gegen Ende das Gefühl gehabt hätte, immer mehr den Faden zu verlieren, den Anspielungen und Verweisen immer weniger folgen zu können und schließlich aus Pflichtgefühl weiter zu lesen.
Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob es mehr an mir oder am Buch lag, es wird einen starken Eindruck hinterlassen, aber es war zum Ende hin auch anstrengend. Auf jeden Fall habe ich eine neue Berufsbezeichnung gelernt: Astraldetektiv(in).
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1.0 von 5 Sternen I wanted to like it, I really did... 26. August 2014
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This is another one of THOSE books where the book jacket description is much better than the book. I wanted to like this book, I really did. I finished solely for the purpose of learning the outcome of the characters. The book is all over the place. The characters are all over the place. You have to pay very close attention to determine if a particular character is alive or dead and the book is not good enough to make you want to pay close enough attention. The relationship between the main character and her father is disjointed - they never manage to say to each other what needs to be said, and by that I mean, they need to speak to each other so the READER will understand what the heck is going on. The dialog between the main character and most of the other characters is disjointed - everyone speaks in these vague, rambling sentences with multiple meanings and sometimes you learn the meanings and sometimes you don't – the constant implying and inferring leaves you with not nearly enough answers. There was no closure provided for several characters - their stories just trailed off into nothingness. You are left wondering WHO actually psychically attacked the main character: her professor, her mother, or herself.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Like a Haunted House 5. Dezember 2012
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Heidi Julavits is one of my favorite authors. Yet when her new novel, The Vanishers, was released, I waited 8 months to begin reading it. Why? Because Julavits loves to f*** with her readers, and I didn't want to start the book until I was in the proper mood to be f***ed with.

In October, I had lots of fun visiting some haunted houses with my friends, and I was sad when Halloween was over. I loved the rush of adrenaline at not knowing what's around each turn, not knowing who to trust, not knowing when that statue will turn out to be alive or when a monster will emerge from a dark corner, but knowing that it's all in good fun and I'm not in any real danger. So it was in that frame of mind that I began reading The Vanishers.

The Vanishers delivers. Madame Ackermann looks just like Julia's mother ... Dominique Varga may or may not have had a daughter ... Alwyn tells the psychiatrist a different story than Julia does, and the psychiatrist belives Alwyn ... Julia sees people no one else can.

And of course, Julia is a desperately unreliable narrator, telling stories that directly contradict what other characters seem to be experiencing. Why does everyone else think Julia is crazy, or wrong, or gifted, when Julia herself doesn't? Who is right and who is wrong?

In the story, Julia falls further and further from grace: from cryptographer to archivist to working class citizen to treatment facility to an assortment of treatment facilities with increasingly strict lockdown rules. She appears to fall all the way into the depths of insanity ... and then is restored to dignity - or is she? The ending completely f***s with you because you have no idea what or who to believe, because Julia's credibility has been completely stripped from her. The book is a bumpy ride, and god did I love coming along for the trip!
5.0 von 5 Sternen refreshing break from mainstream 29. Juni 2013
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The plot is well described in other reviews, so I want to describe how/why I found this book very interesting.

Mainly, I appreciated the author's intelligent writing and creative storyline. There is some quality in certain books; a kind of a being here and now and capturing a part of society that usually slips by under the radar. Heidi Julavits is able to capture that elusive quality in this book.

The Vanishers drew me in right away with the descriptions of psychic attack. Ever have a time when eyelashes fall out, skin rashes appear, allergies flare up, or worse? And do these events just happen to coincide with intruding thoughts about a known ex-friend/enemy? Spooky stuff. The story is part mystery/thriller, part character study, and more, including funny and weird observations about identity and choices--and cosmetic surgery!

As the book progressed, I found it hard to keep up with all the characters and how they fit together, but was willing to go back to find what I missed. This isn't an easy book to read, IMO, but worth the effort if you are looking for something that is off the beaten track.
4.0 von 5 Sternen A bizarrely beautiful trip 22. Februar 2013
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This isn't the typical novel I go for, and that being said, I found that I really enjoyed this book much to my surprise!
This is very clean, concise storytelling, but that does not mean this story is flat or boring.
On the contrary!

This is a fantastical trip into a bizarre world made to feel completely plausible and absolutely real. I found myself ever more curious as I fell further down the rabbit hole of The Vanishers! It was an absolute delight to read and I finished the book with a complete sense of wonder and can remember just thinking how intense and just great that reading experience just was!
And that is exactly what you want from a book! A new world, a sense of curiosity, the fantastical seeming plausible, and characters that you think you understand and on some level can imagine might actually exist somewhere.

I was really taken aback by how good this was. It's a great read if you want to spend a little time shaking up your perception of things and tumbling down a truly suspenseful and pretty mind blowing road.

Give it a chance, if absolutely nothing else it's unlike anything else out there and is absolutely unforgettable!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen I will reread favorite books millions of times 23. Dezember 2014
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I am a person who will literally read anything, just to be reading. I will reread favorite books millions of times. This book however, was off. I couldn't get past the first chapter. My book club cancelled this one. It was creepy and not edited well, writer seemed to have some good ideas, but rushed through putting it all together and the vision just didn't get off the ground. I'd give it zero, but it won't let me.
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