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Hoogteverschillen av Julian Barnes
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Hoogteverschillen (urspr publ 2013; utgåvan 2013)

av Julian Barnes

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Boken innehåller tre texter som alla reflekterar varandra. En essä handlar om Félix Nadar, som på 1800-talet kombinerade fotografi och ballongflygning. En fiktiv historia handlar om en kärleksrelation mellan Sarah Bernhardt och äventyraren Fred Burnaby. Slutligen skildrar han sorgen efter förlusten av en älskad hustru.… (mer)
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Titel:Hoogteverschillen
Författare:Julian Barnes
Info:Amsterdam Atlas Contact 2013
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Taggar:english fiction, 21st century, translated

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“You put together two people who have not been put together before. Sometimes it is like that first attempt to harness a hydrogen balloon to a fire balloon: do you prefer crash and burn, or burn and crash? But sometimes it works, and something new is made, and the world is changed. Then, at some point, sooner or later, one of them is taken away. And what is taken away is greater than the sum of what was there. This may not be mathematically possible; but it is emotionally possible” (67). ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Wow...
What a privilege.
Thank you Mr. Barnes.


On Felix Tournachon:

"He was born in 1820 and died in 1910. He was a tall, gangling figure with a mane of red hair, passionate and restless by nature. Baudelaire called him "an astonishing expression of vitality"; his gusts of energy and flames of hair seemed enough to lift a balloon into the air by themselves. No one ever accused him of being sensible. The poet Gerard de Nerval introduced him to the magazine editor Alphonse Karr with the words, "He is very witty and very stupid." A late editor and close friend, Charles Philipon, called him "a man of wit without a shadow of rationality...His life has been, still is, and always will be incoherent." He was the sort of bohemian who lived with his widowed mother until he married; and the sort of husband whose infidelities coexisted with uxoriousness.

He was a journalist, caricaturist, photographer, baloonist, entrepreneur and inventor, a keen registerer of patents and founder of companies; a tireless self-publicist, and in old age a prolific writer of unreliable memoirs. As a progressive, he hated Napoleon III, and sulked in his carriage when the Emperor arrived to watch the departure of The Giant. As a photographer, he declined the custom of high society, preferring to memorialise the circles in which he moved; naturally, he photographed Sarah Bernhardt several times. He was an active member of the first French society for the protection of animals. He used to make rude noises at policemen and disapproved of prison (where he had once been confined for debt): he thought juries should ask not "Is he guilty?" but rather "Is he dangerous?" He threw huge parties and kept open table; he gave over his studio on the Boulevard des Capucines to the first Impressionist exhibition of 1874. He planned to invent a new sort of gunpowder. He also dreamed of a kind of talking picture, which he called "an acoustic daguerreotype." He was hopeless with money.

"Nadar recalled that Balzac had a theory of the self, according to which a person's essence was made up of a near-infinite series of spectral layers, one superimposed on the next. The novelist further believed that during the "Daguerrean operation" one such layer was stripped away and retained by the magic instrument. Nadar couldn't remember if this layer was supposedly lost for ever, or whether regeneration was possible; though he cheekily suggested that, given Balzac's corpulence, he had less to fear than most from having a few spectral layers removed." ( )
  runningbeardbooks | Sep 29, 2020 |
El libro arranca con esta reflexión y en efecto reúne tres historias aparentemente inconexas que acaban mostrando secretos y sutiles lazos.
  Luz_19 | Aug 14, 2020 |
One of the bests of Julian Barnes!
Really enjoyed it although last part was a very sad one. ( )
  SebastianMihail | Jul 16, 2020 |
This is s strange book in some ways. There are three distinct sections; the first on hot air balloons; the Sin of Height. The second is on photography: On the Level. And the final one on his late wife: The Loss of Depth.

The first two sections make for interesting reading, nothing particularly profound, just a series of interesting anecdotes and facts on hot air balloons and photography in the formative years of those disciplines. At the end of these it was definitely a two star read, nicely written, but i couldn’t quote see the link.

The final section though is the foundation of the book, and the part that ties it all together. He writes about his late wife Pat Kavanagh who died in 2008. They had been married for 29 years, and even though he doesn’t say, I guess that they had been together for a period of time before that, meaning that he had known her for a significant period of his life. The details that he remembers about her are the little things, a shared moment, an oft repeated phrase, an endearing habit. But most of all he talks about her absence and the complete hole that her death has left in her life, how it is difficult to socialise as a widower with couples now, and how talking about his wife is now a taboo subject for people.

In hi moments of greatest anguish he contemplates suicide, even going as far to devise the preferred method, but is never brave enough to take that extra step. As he starts to circulate in social circles again he find he prefers theatres and in particular the opera as he can be social and be alone. He finds is hardest to deal with those who ask if he is not over it yet. As he says he never will be over it, as he remembers the last words, the final events, the anniversaries and other events.

It is heart rending in lots of ways, as he says grief is the negative image of love, and this raw account of his feelings gives you some insight into his love for her.
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  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
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Boken innehåller tre texter som alla reflekterar varandra. En essä handlar om Félix Nadar, som på 1800-talet kombinerade fotografi och ballongflygning. En fiktiv historia handlar om en kärleksrelation mellan Sarah Bernhardt och äventyraren Fred Burnaby. Slutligen skildrar han sorgen efter förlusten av en älskad hustru.

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