- Audio CD
- Verlag: Dreamscape Media; Auflage: Unabridged (13. März 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1611204976
- ISBN-13: 978-1611204971
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,4 x 2,7 x 13,8 cm
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The Vanishers (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, 13. März 2012
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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.”
“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 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.”
“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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
A founding editor of The Believer magazine and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Heidi Julavits is also the author of three critically acclaimed novels: The Uses of Enchantment, The Effect of Living Backwards, and The Mineral Palace. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.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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And that--as they say--is just the beginning. The plot of this novel felt like a game of Three Card Monty, with constantly shifting character identities and allegiances. I didn't read this novel because the description of the plot interested me. Ghosts, psychics, astral projections? Definitely not my cup of tea. However, a book about mother-daughter relationships and other female rivalries? Now you're talking! And that's very much what Heidi Julavits delivered. The whole psychic thing was merely the backdrop against which every type of mother-daughter drama imaginable was displayed.
And all this talk of "drama" sounds dramatic, and some of it was. But a lot of it was very, very funny. And even more of it was weird. And some of it was just plain confusing. I stand by my Three Card Monty analogy. But through it all was Heidi Julavits' sparkling prose. So much of language is merely functional. And, sure basic communication is a good goal. But the sentences of this novel were full of surprises and unexpected turns. They communicated, but they also delighted in a way that is truly rare. This is the sort of novel that leaves me wondering, "Why haven't I read this author before?" I know there's another book somewhere on the shelf. I will be digging it up, because Ms. Julavits has charmed me utterly with her inventive use of language. Plot, in this case, was almost immaterial.
It was difficult to follow the variety of characters, not a single one of them was even remotely interesting. At one point I thought the entire story was about the madness of all of them, and the entire scenario, was taking place in Julia's mind withing a mental hospital. Really a boring, and unnecessarily long and drawn out book. This is not a book I recommend. I give it two stars, because of the excellent narrator.
Julia is a psychic who has issues and she is being made sick and unstable by another psychic who is jealous of her.
This was an extremely weird yet oddly fascinating book. Julia was assisting Madame Ackerman when a psychic event caused Madame Ackerman to hate her and make her quite ill. Julia already has issues because of her mothers suicide and it doesn't take much of Madame Ackerman's skills to do her in. She is asked to leave her training. She takes pills round the clock and her life is pretty miserable.
Apparently she has to vanish to get better so she does.
I am not sure that I totally got hooked by this book...reading it was like reading a bizarre tale...the writing was superb and it was sort of fascinating but a little too heavy into weird psychic stuff for me.
But once I started it I really did not want to put it down...I wanted to understand this strange bizarre wold Julia lived in.
But mostly I just wanted her to get better. Fast. There is talk about Sylvia Plath while Julia is in pyschic rehab...Sylvia Plath...the Bell Jar...ugh...
Slowly her psychic sight is restored...she sees again...she can find lost things but she is still weird...she is embroiled in this idea that she must find out what happened to her mother...the mother who committed suicide when Julia was one month old.
Slowly ...other properties that have been taken from Julia are slowly returned to her.
Her world now includes even more strange events. There are surgical impersonators...people who take different faces while they "vanish". She hangs out with really unusual people...and as she gets stronger the events get more and more odd.
They drink liver tea...and get massages and colonics...OMG...the ending is odd and frankly...I am not sure I get it...
I really am not going to be able to do this unusual book justice ...
I can say that it is different, strange, unusual and not one that totally hooked me.
What it does have is a suspense filled mind blowing series of events and beautiful writing. The writing is what made me read this book.
But that is not saying it wouldn't grab other readers.
I have friends who will love this book!!!
This review was based on a e-galley provided by the publisher.
As the book opens, the narrator, Julia Severn is a student of the psychic sciences at the Institute of Paranormal Psychology, also known as The Workshop. Her mentor, the powerful Madame Ackermann, hired Julia to transcribe her regression travels, but has been unable to produce results. While Madame Ackermann sleeps Julia has, without her employer's knowledge, tried to cover for her by making up transcripts of their sessions. Madame Ackermann tumbles to the deception and in retribution launches a psychic attack on Julia that ruins her health and forces her to leave the workshop. After retreating to New York and a mindless job, Julia is approached by a pair of researchers who are seeking a once famous artist and offer Julia treatment in return for using her psychic powers to their advantage. Julia meanwhile, hopes the quest will help her to forge a link with her mother, who committed suicide when she was a month old. As expected, nothing turns out to be what Julia expects.
Who is attacking whom? Who is seeking whom? Where is the border between sanity and insanity? The twists and turns of the plot are complicated by characters who refuse to remain anchored in time and space, life or death and will leave you gasping at the imagination that dreamed up this manic chase. Despite the frenetic forward movement of the story, at its heart, "The Vanishers" is a bildungsroman about coping with grief and loss, especially when the void is created by suicide or disappearance.
If you get to the end and are left with questions, don't worry, that is Julavits' point. Ambiguity is an essential component of the human condition and learning to live means learning to live with seemingly contradictory impulses governing our relationships.
It is a book worth reading and, in my opinion, rereading.