In Strange Gardens and Other Stories

In Strange Gardens and Other Stories With the precision of a surgeon Peter Stamm cuts to the heart of the fragile and revealing moments of everyday life They are bankers students mothers or retirees They live in New York City or some

  • Title: In Strange Gardens and Other Stories
  • Author: Peter Stamm Michael Hofmann
  • ISBN: 9781590511695
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With the precision of a surgeon, Peter Stamm cuts to the heart of the fragile and revealing moments of everyday life.They are bankers, students, mothers, or retirees They live in New York City or somewhere in Switzerland, they work in London or Riga, they cross paths in a Fado bar in Lisbon They breathe the banal routine of daily life It is to these ordinary people thatWith the precision of a surgeon, Peter Stamm cuts to the heart of the fragile and revealing moments of everyday life.They are bankers, students, mothers, or retirees They live in New York City or somewhere in Switzerland, they work in London or Riga, they cross paths in a Fado bar in Lisbon They breathe the banal routine of daily life It is to these ordinary people that Peter Stamm grants center stage in his latest collection of short stories Henry, a cowherd turned stuntman, crisscrosses the country, dreaming of meeting a woman Inger, the Dane, refuses her skimpy life and takes off for Italy Regina, so lonely in her big house since her children left and her husband passed away, discovers the world anew thanks to the Australian friend of her granddaughter, who helps Regina envision her next voyage.In these stories, Stamm s clean style expresses despair without flash, through softness and small gestures, with disarming retorts full of derision and infinite tenderness There, where life hesitates, ready to tip over with nothing yet played out is where these people and their stories exist For us, they all become exceptional Praise for Unformed Landscape Sensitive and unnerving An uncommonly intimate work, one that will remind the reader of his or her own lived experience with a greater intensity than many of the books that are published right here at home The New Republic Online

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    1. In fremden Gärten = In strange gardens and other stories, Peter Stamm تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و نهم ماه نوامبر سال 2014 میلادیعنوان: یخبندان سیاه؛ نویسنده: پیتر اشتام؛ مترجم: مونا حسینی؛ تهران، نشر قطره، 1393؛ در 113 ص؛ شابک: 9786001197246؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آلمانی قرن 20 ممجموعه ‌ی نـُه داستان کوتاه با این ع [...]

    2. اهل سفر است. با یک اجازه‌نامه برای استفاده نامحدود از قطارهای سوییس. زمان زیادی را در کوپه قطار می‌گذراند. کنار پنجره می‌نشیند. لپ‌تاپش همیشه با اوست. آن را باز کرده و دم دست می‌گذارد. شروع به نوشتن می‌کند. گاه دست از نوشتن کشیده و از پنجره قطار طبیعت زیبای سوییس را می‌نگرد. [...]

    3. hm. ich lieh mir dieses buch aus der bücherei aus, weil ich auf geschichten hoffte, die stimmung widerspiegeln, die das coverfoto in mir hervorruft. eine oder zwei waren es leider nur, bei denen ich diese vibes spürte - "der besuch" und das titelgebende "in fremden gärten".von peter stamm laß ich zuvor "agnes", was mir sehr, sehr gefiel. damals schon recht verwunderlich, weil ich diesem kurzen, knappen, abgeklärten & irgendwie grauem & leeren schreibstil, den man in so viel zeitgen [...]

    4. Beeindruckend, wie man mit gewöhnlichen Worten so inspirierend schreiben kann. Kein Wort zu viel, keins zu wenig. Die Erzählungen fangen interessant an, erleben in der Mitte einen kleinen Tiefpunkt und klettern am Ende in Höhen, die andere Autoren wahrscheinlich nie erreichen werden. Manchmal hat man das Gefühl, Peter Stamm ist kein Erzähler, sondern ein Seher; seine Geschichten leben von den Beschreibungen des Alltagsgrau und können eine merkwürdige Traurigkeit hervorrufen, gemischt mit [...]

    5. review coming hopefullyOK quick review (little time). Maybe come back and addThese are stories about alienation, often about exiles (Swiss men usually in USA, Britain, Italy, Sweden) who are at an angle to the society they find themselves in. A disquiet that spreads to their relationships, most of which are unsatisfactory or superficial. Death hovers (can death hover?) in many of the pieces, although the characters are at a loss in how to deal with it or what it means. Like many of us, then. The [...]

    6. اگه یه قو پاشو تو ساحل بذاره مثل یه غاز احمق به نظر می رسهاینکه پرنده باشی و هیچ وقت پرواز نکنی ، مثل این میمونه که به یه آهنگ فکر کنی اما نتونی بخونیش

    7. บางจังหวะของชีวิต หลายคำถามไม่มีคำตอบ และไม่จำเป็นต้องตอบเงียบเหงา คลุมเครือ อ่อนไหว ราวกับเป็นไวยากรณ์สากลของมนุษย์

    8. Eine sehr schöne Sammlung Kurzgeschichten! Alle Geschichten sind sehr bittersüß und handeln von Charakteren, die sich irgendwie "in fremden Gärten"/Orten befinden. (Irland, London, NY, Portugal)Sie sind alieniert und gehören auch nicht in ihrer Umgebung. Der Stil ist meiner Meinung nach sehr typisch Stamm, und es ist einer, der mir immer gefällt. Stamm beschränkt sich auf dasjenige, was man echt braucht und das finde ich bei Schriftstellern immer sehr erfrischend und angenehm."Der Besuch" [...]

    9. His narrative and writing style is much comparable to a peaceful creek, but his tone is down to a rainy day; dull, wet and cold. Melancholy and solitude are the strongest emotion I feel while turning pages. It's perhap the author's intention to remind us, Constant Readers, not to give up caring for the people to whom we relate, although it is probably the most difficult thing to do, for the reason that we are the living beings living and pleased to live in our own worlds that no one can break in [...]

    10. I just read a short story by Stamm, a Swiss writer, in the New Yorker. It was beautiful. I'm always suspicious of male writers who use female main characters, because as often as not it seems they're just being exploitative or trying to make some kind of point they don't think they can make with a male character. But this one felt perfectly authentic. So I want to read more by him. d I just checked, and the library doesn't have it. I'll have to buy a copy. It *better* be good!

    11. Der Stil und das Wesentliche der Geschichten ähnelt Albert Camus 'Der Fremde'. Nur als ich diesen Satz nun schreibe, fällt mir ein, dass 'fremd' auch im Titel Stamms Buches steht. Die Sprache ist einfach zu verstehen, aber die Bedeutung und das allgemeine Gefühl, das viel noch mit dem Leser bleibt, sind allerdings nicht einfach, sondern echt tief.

    12. Good selection of short pieces - set in variuos locations internationally. The main figure is often a loner-type, and there is a strong feeling of melancholy in lots of the stories. Some pieces work better than others, but there are no poor selections here.

    13. Excellent melancholy & beautiful short fiction about awkward & failed relationships and the general textures alienation. Reminiscent (to me at least) of Raymond Carver and Knut Hamsun.

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