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The Vanishers (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 13. März 2012

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Winner of the PEN New  England Award for Literary Excellence in Fiction

"Fantastic"
--Vanity Fair

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

"Darkly comic....sharp-eyed, sardonic, hilarious....Julavits is at her acrobatically linguistic best here. Nearly every page contains a showstopping description or insight...narrative voice is superb. Funny, self-deprecating, exquisitely attuned....Vivid....Remarkable....Heartbreaking."
--New York Times Book Review

"Open The Vanishers to any page and you'll find some of the snappiest dialogue going. Stylish and fiercely funny, Heidi Julavits's fourth novel explores the imagined dangers and dizzying thrills of being a career psychic....Julavits is a fearlessly inventive writer, a risk-taker who never shies away from prickly, tangled, often meaphorical emotional darkness and constantly strikes out into unexplored territory....the sharply original narrative, which moves at top speed, [is] always entertaining and full of curiosities, deadpan banter, and metaphysical playfulness.....a wild, fun ride that doesn't let up until the last sentence."
--Elle

"Heidi Julavits has a questing, eclectic intellect....wry wit and linguistic exuberance. 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."
--Boston Globe


 “The protagonist could join the ranks of literature’s most unreliable narrators alongside Humbert Humbert…”
--Wall Street Journal

"Sharp-eyed, sardonic"
--New York Times, Editor's Choice

"Part coming-of-age story, part murder mystery, part absurdist romp, part neurological novel. I loved it.....Julavtis' characters are as earnestly bizarre as Haruki Murakami's, and she's as funny as Lorrie Moore.....wonderful and interesting complications....Julavits is so smart and funny, and her writing is so good."
--San Francisco Chronicle

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

"Thrilling, subversive insights...powerful in many ways....On the subject of loss in particular, Julavits is an expert, writing with eloquence and poetry.....sturdy intellectualism.....achieves a deepening of the novel's wisdom and insight....delivers a thunderclap of real feeling"
--Philadelphia Inquirer

"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....funny, satiric and savage....the visceral kick of Julavits' prose....will provide a similar jolt of transgressive, feminine thrill."
--Cleveland 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."
--Interview

"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..."
--Boston Phoenix

"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

"Clever....funny, affecting....an ambitious world that reveals the depths of matriarchal power structure....At the same time, Julavits 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."
--Grantland

"Intelligent and ambitious"-
-Kirkus Reviews

"Wry, witty....magical, and Julavits's often acerbic prose generates laughs despite the sad reality"
--Publishers Weekly

Praise for THE VANISHERS:

The Vanishers is 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

“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

The Vanishers is 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


Praise for THE USES OF ENCHANTMENT:

"A technical marvel . . . that moves with the speed and inevitability of a freight train . . . Entertaining, devastating, and as slippery as a strand of its anti-heroine's lank hair." —Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Julavits expertly keeps the reader baffled until the end, but beneath the mystery is a sophisticated meditation on truth and bias." —The New Yorker

"Suspenseful, energetic, and literarily playful." —San Francisco Chronicle

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

HEIDI JULAVITS is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, The Uses of Enchantment, The Effect of Living Backwards, and The Mineral Palace. Her fiction has appeared in Harper's, Esquire, and The Best American Short Stories, among other places. She's a founding editor of The Believer magazine and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Manhattan and Maine.

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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
Von Geni Holmes - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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
Von Aurora Grace - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
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
Von Alicia - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
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
Von Karen Adrian - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
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
Von Kelly - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
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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