- Gebundene Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Doubleday; Auflage: First Edition First Printing (13. März 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0385523815
- ISBN-13: 978-0385523813
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,4 x 3,1 x 24,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.256.936 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Vanishers (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 13. März 2012
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Winner of the PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Fiction
“An absorbing meditation on female competition with Hitchcockian twists....Gripping”
"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."
"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."
“The protagonist could join the ranks of literature’s most unreliable narrators alongside Humbert Humbert…”
--Wall Street Journal
--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"
"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"
"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."
"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..."
"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"
"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."
"Intelligent and ambitious"-
"Wry, witty....magical, and Julavits's often acerbic prose generates laughs despite the sad reality"
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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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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!
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.
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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