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Maylis de Kerangal

Författare till The Heart

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Verk av Maylis de Kerangal

The Heart (2013) 532 exemplar
Eastbound (2012) — Författare — 173 exemplar
Drömmen om en bro : roman (2010) 149 exemplar
Painting Time (2018) 129 exemplar
The Cook (2016) 80 exemplar
Corniche Kennedy (2008) 50 exemplar
À ce stade de la nuit (2014) 19 exemplar
Dans les rapides (2007) 12 exemplar
Canoës (2021) 8 exemplar
Lampedusa (2016) 6 exemplar
London (1997) 4 exemplar
Hors-pistes (2014) 4 exemplar
Kiruna (2019) 3 exemplar
Linha de Fuga para Leste (2014) 2 exemplar
Sillan synty 2 exemplar
Off the Beaten Track (2021) 1 exemplar
Pierre Feuille Ciseaux (2012) 1 exemplar
Parandada elavaid (2018) 1 exemplar
La Politique par le sport (2009) 1 exemplar
Popraviti žive (2019) 1 exemplar
Nina et les oreillers (2010) 1 exemplar
Cuidar dos Vivos 1 exemplar
Kanus Erzählungen (2023) 1 exemplar
Canoës (2023) 1 exemplar
Reparere de levende (2018) 1 exemplar

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Toulon, Frankreich
Toulon, France
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Read by Steven Jay Cohen
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins

I bought this book after reading Eastbound. I’d been so overwhelmed by that novella that I needed more of de Kerangal than the two hours that Eastbound had given me.

Unfortunately I could not finish The Heart. The six hours about the day in the life of a heart transplant was beyond me. Yes the writing is mesmerizing and the detail finessed. Yet somehow it wasn’t enough. But it wasn’t so bad that it doesn’t deserve a mention, and I’m sure others will like it more than I could.

A young boy, a surfer dies in a car accident. His young healthy heart is made available for a transplant. Everyone involved is a subject of de Kerangal’s attention. The surgeons, the hospital and care workers, the relatives of the donor and the donee all play a part in this perfectly chronicled choreographed feat of modern medicine. Every detail of the participants’ lives in the twenty for hours is described, accurately and efficiently. From the cup of coffee the head nurse drinks, from the assistant hospital orderly’s intake of her cigarette, to the donor’s mother’s inner feelings come to the reader as if we are in the room with the participants.

Despite my enthusiasm at finding a new writer to follow, I had a problem with The Heart. The poetic language seemed at odds with the subject matter. The symbolism and softness of the beating heart didn’t sit well in the stark sterility of the operating theater. Feeling and technology didn’t mix. For me at least.

I suppose I was expecting something along the lines of Eastbound - short and softly emotional. The Heart is a novel three times longer than the novella. What worked on a train trip didn’t work for me in a hospital setting.

Still I look forward to reading more of this writer’s work. It is just that Eastbound set such a high bar, and maybe my heart wasn’t in this one.
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kjuliff | 32 andra recensioner | Mar 21, 2024 |
Ain’t got no cigarettes…

Media: Audio
Read by Jennifer Pickens
Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins

The central character in this brilliant novella is the train. In what appears to be a never-ending journey, it doggedly winds its way east from Moscow to Vladivostok. Aliocha and Helene are two of the passengers on the ride that takes place in post Soviet Russia.

Aliocha a young Russian conscript and Helene is a slightly older French woman. They are strangers when they meet on the train when Aliocha is trying to desert. Helene becomes his accomplice. The tension is high for both and for the reader, as the train moves east and the probability of Aliocha being able to stay hidden until he can make a break from it, increases.

The pair have no common language and are reluctantly entwined, together in a fragile shell. The Siberian landscape is their moving background.

It’s a gripping tale that covers a very short time period, a few days. A lot happens and like Aliocha the reader loses all sense of time. Seven days becomes an hour, a minute, but at the same time the trip appears to be unending.

What sets this book apart from other books I’ve read in the past two years is the beauty of its prose. The reader is put firmly into the train with Aliocha and Helene and the Provodnitsy. The imagery that bounces from train windows as in a shattered film sequence is depicted in unfaltering detail. I was amazed at the skill that was evident in Jessica Moore’s translation. There were times that I couldn’t help but try to translate back into French to experience how the sentences would sound in their original language.

Helene and Aliocha sleep, eat, and smoke cigarettes. As an ex-smoker I related to de Kerangal’s detailed description of the cigarettes. From the cheap cardboard filters to the packaging and the associated cravings. I noticed that cigarettes played a large part in Kerangal’s other novel The Heart. She’s must be a smoker. The pleasure of smoking oozed back into my memory as I tried to slow my reading, not wanting the train to reach the final stop and the book to end.

Highly recommended.
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1 rösta
kjuliff | 7 andra recensioner | Mar 17, 2024 |
Lyrical, dream-like, French.
markm2315 | 7 andra recensioner | Jan 30, 2024 |
A short but powerful tale about the compassion of strangers and finding common ground.
Aliocha is a Russian conscript who wants to desert the army. He is on the Trans-Siberian train, and meets Hélène, a French woman, who has left her lover in Russia.
Although there are language barriers, they seem to trust each other, and Aliocha asks Hélène to hide him. She agrees, but they are nearly discovered. Another passenger helps as well.
This is a touching, quick story, about how strangers can show compassion, while working through their own struggles. Beautifully written.… (mer)
rmarcin | 7 andra recensioner | Jan 29, 2024 |



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