- Taschenbuch: 240 Seiten
- Verlag: Picador; Auflage: Reprint (17. Oktober 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0312425872
- ISBN-13: 978-0312425876
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,4 x 21,6 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 89.254 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Whale Caller (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 17. Oktober 2006
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'An Exuberant and quirky tale of the New South Africa.. Zakes Mda ... is among the most acclaimed exponents of a new artistic freedom. His fiction has a beguiling lyricism and humour, revelling in the beauty of aloe-covered mountains or Cape marine life. Yet THE WHALE CALLER, his fifth and perhaps most imaginatively freewheeling novel, also captures malaise in the 'new South Africa' ... The novel charts this bizarre triangle ['man, woman and whale'] with quirky humour and a keen delineation of character, its tragicomic passion between marginal misfits reminiscent of Athol Fugard's Boesman and Lena. ...A wise and seductive tale of love and jealousy, THE WHALE CALLER also hints at the precarious euphoria of a society in transition.' Maya Jaggi, The Guardian
'THE WHALE CALLER is a novel of love and art. It unfolds in the simple, elliptical outlines of a ballad .. But behind this simplicity lies a carefully woven text of symbolism. ... In novel after novel, Zakes Mda seems to have cultivated a mode of writing which the realistic and the magical co-exist with unruffled ease. ... This novel is - in my opinion - his finest artistic achievement yet.' Harry Garuba, Independent
"A masterpiece of understatement, "The Whale Caller" is the real winner among this year's crop of South African fiction. . . . One of the best novels of the year."--"Time"
"Earthy [and] bizarrely charming."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"A tour de force . . . [and] testament to Mda's considerable gifts as a storyteller . . . He creates a world that operates according to the fluid logic of a dream. "--"The Baltimore Sun"
A masterpiece of understatement, "The Whale Caller" is the real winner among this year's crop of South African fiction. . . . One of the best novels of the year. "Time"
Earthy [and] bizarrely charming. "Entertainment Weekly"
A tour de force . . . [and] testament to Mda's considerable gifts as a storyteller . . . He creates a world that operates according to the fluid logic of a dream. "The Baltimore Sun""
"A masterpiece of understatement, The Whale Caller is the real winner among this year's crop of South African fiction. . . . One of the best novels of the year." --Time
"Earthy [and] bizarrely charming." --Entertainment Weekly
"A tour de force . . . [and] testament to Mda's considerable gifts as a storyteller . . . He creates a world that operates according to the fluid logic of a dream. " --The Baltimore Sun
The Whale Caller, in tattered tuxedo, spends his days on the cliffs of the small coastal town of Hermanus blowing his kelp horn to the whales that visit in the summer months. In particular, he blows for Sharisha, a southern right whale who always responds to his call. With each surfacing of her giant head and each thrashing of her tail, the Whale Caller's connection to Sharisha deepens. Then Saluni enters his life. Saluni - the feisty village drunk, a passionate but self-destructive woman who frequents the taverns and consorts with passing sailors. She cannot understand nor tolerate his fixation with the whales, and as the relationship between her and the Whale Caller grows, she finds herself vying with Sharisha for his attention. The tension builds to a devastating climax that has terrible and lasting consequences. --Deze tekst verwijst naar een editie van deze titel die niet meer wordt gedrukt of niet beschikbaar is.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The tale is set in and around the "whale capital of the world". Hermanus is an attractive fishing town close to the most southern point of Africa. Mda admits that he usually starts his novels with a particular locale, then he creates its characters. He is not concerned with the plot "because it works itself out from who the characters are and what their physical, social and political environments are", he said in a recent interview. Whale Caller is a beautiful example of his skill of storytelling. You don't need to "google" Hermanus to learn about its splendours. Mda evokes the place and its surroundings with great detail and vibrancy.
Mda's style creates intimacy with the subjects. You follow the Whale Caller to his favourite spot, away from the whale watching crowds, where he spends his time observing the games of the whales. You share his increasing anxiety for the seasonal appearance of that one particular whale, a Southern Right, Sharisha. After a life of travels up and down the coast, the Whale Caller has settled here. His life centres around his daily communication with Sharisha throughout the season. He calls her with a special kelp horn, home-made and refined over time. She responds by jumping high into to the air and crashing back into the water whenever he calls. Her calls and his special tunes are music to their respective ears. Saluni, the village drunk, has been stalking him, intent on attracting his attention. Over time, their lives become interwoven and change forever. The South African reality, with its social and economic tensions, is sometimes alluded to yet without overwhelming the delicate and intimate story of Sharisha, Saluni and the Whale Caller.
While Mda's narrative is rooted in the reality of the place and its inhabitants, whether fish or people, the magic realm has its place as well. There is Mr. Yodd, who from his grotto at the water's edge listens and laughs at the confessions of the Whale Caller and there are the Bored Twins whose angelic voices betray their mischievous character. Are they real or imagined? The spiritual world of dreamtime and mythology is present, yet does not burden the light hearted and sometimes funny tone of the novel. A highly enjoyable read. [Friederike Knabe]
This year, however, Sharisha is late, and the Whale Caller is desolate; has she been killed by Japanese whalers, or injured by an errant ship's propeller? So worried is he that at first he completely overlooks the attentions of a flesh-and-blood woman on shore, Saluni the town drunk and self-proclaimed "love child." When she is not wooing the Whale Caller, Saluni spends her time singy jazz ballads in her smokey voice to earn wine from the tavern patrons, or entertaining The Bored Twins, unattended children who are by turns perfect angels and demonic hellions.
Eventually, Saluni merely shows up at the Whale Caller's little house with a suitcase, which becomes the unofficial beginning of their unconventional relationship. Fully understanding Sharisha to be her competition, Saluni sets about to change the man she loves even as he tries to wean her off of wine. Their love ebbs and flows; sometimes they are consumed with a "sickness" for one another, and others they share a small bed for days without speaking. Eventually, this ill-fated love triangle reaches a heartbreaking climax, and in the end "The Hermanus Penitent" is left alone on the beach.
Mda applies magical realism to a very real South Africa, and the problems of the post-Apartheid nation are woven subtly throughout, while never feeling preachy or overbearing. For this American reader, it was a surprisingly intimate experience for such a faraway place. The characters are unique and honestly rendered, and the writing is simple but evocative. The Whale Caller reads much like a fable, but is just as much about the characters' obsessions and inner demons as it is a fairy tale set in modern Africa. The unexpected force of Mda's narrative lingers long after the last page is turned (and it's a tear-soaked page at that).