Ein Freund des Verblichenen



❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ Ein Freund des Verblichenen Author Andrey Kurkov – E17streets4all.co.uk Marital troubles Sick of life Suicide the answer Why not get yourself a contract killer Nothing easier, provided you communicate only by phone and box number You give him your photograph, specify when Marital troubles Sick of life Suicide the answer Why not get yourself a contract Ein Freund eBook à killer Nothing easier, provided you communicate only by phone and box number You give him your photograph, specify when and where to find you, then sit back and prepare to dieMurdered, you will be of greater interest than ever you were in life More to him than met the eye will be the judgment A mysterious killing lives long in the popular memoryOur hero meticulously plans his own demise, except for one detail what if he suddenly decides he wants to live This darkly funny tale is Kurkov on top form.Ein Freund des Verblichenen

Andrei Kurkov Russian writer of Ukrainian origin Kurkov was born in small town of Ein Freund eBook à Budogoszcz, Russia on April , When Kurkov was young, his family moved to Kyiv, Ukraine In Kurkov graduated Kyiv Pedagogical Academy of Foreign Languages and later also completed a Japanese translation training Kurkov s most famous novels are Smert pingvina , translated into English in under the title Death and the Penguin and Zakon ulitki , translated into English in under the title Penguin lost.

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  • Paperback
  • 144 pages
  • Ein Freund des Verblichenen
  • Andrey Kurkov
  • German
  • 13 March 2019
  • 3257233671

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  1. says:

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    What can I say I have a bias for Russian satire, and I freely admit that I ve been thinking about this for a couple of days, about why this particular genre speaks to me I think a big part of this is because I feel like I, and my entire generation, cannot bear to hear the truth in its pure form It needs to come to us as a parody, even a caricature, of itself, and that is why satire is so forceful and stays with us long after we ve finished reading The premise is ludicrous Tolya decides tha What can I say I have a bias for Russian satire, and I freely admit that I ve been thinking about this for a couple of days, about why this particular genre speaks to me I think a big part of this is because I feel like I, and my entire generation, cannot bear to hear the truth in its pure form It needs to come to us as a parody, even a caricature, of itself, and that is why satire is so forceful and stays with us long after we ve finished reading The premise is ludicrous Tolya decides that he has had it with his life He doesn t seem to do much other than moan about his unhappy wife, and he doesn t seem to have a job either He decides to end it all He is most likely too cowardly to take a gun to his head or jump off a rooftop, so he hires a contract killer to find him and kill him After the killer is hired, he decides he rather likes this whole living business, but is now stuck with a hired assassin targeting him As with all satire, everything brilliant in it is read between the lines And in between the lines, you can read some pretty hardcore truths One of my favorite parts of the story was in the beginning where he learns about a Western game where people try to connect themselves with celebrities through a chain of people akin to six degrees of Kevin Bacon, etc He thinks that this is amusing, and when he tries to do it, he finds that he can only link himself to the big names in his country through contract killers I guess for reading between the lines this one sort of jumps out of the page and yells at you a direct assault against the government that is linked to its people through blood This was published in 1996, and so Russia was still recovering from the Soviet era, still sort of in a daze, as though waking up from a long slumber A lot of this book is like that there are references to mist, dimness my favorite phrase was Out of the dimness into grey lighting How maudlin There are so many good questions and ideas that this book raises, out of just over 100 pages Why can t Tolya value his life until he thinks it is going to end When he gets his life back, what does he do about it to make it better Does he cherish his family or friends anyNo Does he get a job or go pursue a life long ambition He doesn t seem to have any I was going to give this book five stars, but I changed my mind, because I think that the ending was slightly disappointing, and when I think about the fact that I gave Bulgakov and Gogol five stars for their books this doesn t quite achieve that level of razor sharp irony and satire and all round kookiness Still, four stars, and Kurkov is now officially on my radar

  3. says:

    A satirical novel from a former Soviet writer carries with it a huge burden of expectation anything of that nature from the part of the world that we used to loosely call Russia actually, the Ukraine in Kurkov s case is always going to be measures against masters of the form like Gogol and Bulgakov, who happen to also be two writers whom I hold in very high esteem This particular novella certainly falls short of such illustrious exemplars, but is quite a diverting read on its own It follo A satirical novel from a former Soviet writer carries with it a huge burden of expectation anything of that nature from the part of the world that we used to loosely call Russia actually, the Ukraine in Kurkov s case is always going to be measures against masters of the form like Gogol and Bulgakov, who happen to also be two writers whom I hold in very high esteem This particular novella certainly falls short of such illustrious exemplars, but is quite a diverting read on its own It follows the fortunes of a man who has decided to end his own life by the novel means of hiring a contract killer to kill him Things don t go according to plan, and in some ways what follows is a little too neat, but Kurkov s evocation of a winter in Kiev and some of his observations on human nature make up for a lot It s hard to judge voice in translation, I suppose, but there is a certain appeal in the matter of fact, unsentimental tone of the narrative as well There are satirical elements here, but they don t seem to run especially deep However, it was a good little novella all in all, very well structured and executed within its limitations and I will definitely be checking out Kurkov s other works on the strength of this

  4. says:

    The premise of this novel was a lotpromising than it turned out to be The idea of arranging to have yourself assassinated because you are so sick of life, yet not able to commit suicide, is very appealing And also very easy to relate to I think Many of us have at one point or another given it a thought or two, perhaps not seriously, but fleetingly Murdered, you will be of greater interest than you ever were in your life Murdered, your memory will last forever.Yet, for Tolya, things do The premise of this novel was a lotpromising than it turned out to be The idea of arranging to have yourself assassinated because you are so sick of life, yet not able to commit suicide, is very appealing And also very easy to relate to I think Many of us have at one point or another given it a thought or two, perhaps not seriously, but fleetingly Murdered, you will be of greater interest than you ever were in your life Murdered, your memory will last forever.Yet, for Tolya, things don t go according to plan He decides he wants to live after all, after it is too late.Sounds interesting right Well, I m afraid it was a little underwhelming I would have liked to see Tolya die after trying to escape death , and have people wonder what had happened to him Perhaps bring in his wife who had left him for another guy and make her play a bigger role in the story Instead, not only does Tolya successfully escape death, but he ends up with two relationships when he had just gotten out of the biggest failed relationship , and finds himself dragged into the depths of depravity think murder, bribery, thievery and so on.Not what I expected going into it It is quite a short story, and very easy to read, and there are many good thoughts and ideas in the book that I ve found myself marking down However, the storyline itself was quite disappointing, and could have been enhanced tremendously.All in all, a quick read, and not bad with it being my first Kurkov book

  5. says:

    This was my first book by this author and I loved it The theme life doesn t count but at least the death should is not new, not even in this comedy setup The book covers very well the hesitations of the main character, his reasoning, the preparations for his own death, the projection of this action in the news Will he succeed to die in a meaningful way The story is somehow similar to the plot in Romanian movie Tache The characters have different reasons to die, but they both want their death This was my first book by this author and I loved it The theme life doesn t count but at least the death should is not new, not even in this comedy setup The book covers very well the hesitations of the main character, his reasoning, the preparations for his own death, the projection of this action in the news Will he succeed to die in a meaningful way The story is somehow similar to the plot in Romanian movie Tache The characters have different reasons to die, but they both want their death to be significant

  6. says:

    A melancholy, sardonic read I much prefer the one with the penguin by this author I appreciate the humour, but it s just so miserable.

  7. says:

    Funny story I saw the movie version of this book A Friend Of The Deceased at the Hong Kong International Film Festival years before I picked up this book in 2006, but I didn t make the connection I just kept thinking the story in this novella seemed awfully familiar depressed cuckold in Kiev doesn t have the nerve to commit suicide, so he hires a contract killer to kill him Then, life gets better and he changes his mind Black comedy ensues I double checked afterwards, and yep, same guy Funny story I saw the movie version of this book A Friend Of The Deceased at the Hong Kong International Film Festival years before I picked up this book in 2006, but I didn t make the connection I just kept thinking the story in this novella seemed awfully familiar depressed cuckold in Kiev doesn t have the nerve to commit suicide, so he hires a contract killer to kill him Then, life gets better and he changes his mind Black comedy ensues I double checked afterwards, and yep, same guy In fact, Kurkov wrote the screenplay for the film version I recommend both though be warned, the film version is pretty slow

  8. says:

    Meh It s alright But it ain t Death and the Penguin.

  9. says:

    After Death and the Penguin I d been eager to readfrom Kurkov, despite having The Good Angel of Death sitting on my shelf it was the pleasure of finding an attractive and slim novella of this title on the non fiction shelf of a local bookstore that finally got me enthused enough to take a second helping of the king tsar something elserelevant of post Soviet literature.The jacket compares Kurkov to Nikolai Gogol and Fyodor Dostoyevsky but with no experience of either of those auth After Death and the Penguin I d been eager to readfrom Kurkov, despite having The Good Angel of Death sitting on my shelf it was the pleasure of finding an attractive and slim novella of this title on the non fiction shelf of a local bookstore that finally got me enthused enough to take a second helping of the king tsar something elserelevant of post Soviet literature.The jacket compares Kurkov to Nikolai Gogol and Fyodor Dostoyevsky but with no experience of either of those authors to date I prefer to draw comparisons with Haruki Murakami Both authors use a similar matter of fact tone and both seem to feature a despondent protagonistoften than not, all serving to provide deep roots in a believable reality through which we can accept the slightly surreal elements of their novels.The general conceit of this story is a fascinating one and leads to a series of slightly absurd and unbelievable events happening around a central character who lives primarily in isolation, the story toldas a series of thoughts and feelings than a running narrative I could see room for development of the characters and the story, easily allowing this to have become another large political novel from Kurkov but the strength of this one is in the brevity and concise nature of the telling.g

  10. says:

    An almost satirical take on post Communist Kiev, as seen through the eyes of an unemployed man whose wife is having an affair who seeks to end it all, by hiring a hit man for himself Simple, yet powerful with literary influences and some clever wit and satire 6 out of 12

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