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Nicole Krauss is the author of the international bestseller The History of Love, which was published by Penguin in 2005. It won the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, and was short-listed for the Orange, Médicis, and Femina prizes. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into more than thirty-five
languages. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
September 2017 Book of the Month A challenging, literary read of two very different narratives seemingly only linked by geography for both start their strange journeys from the Tel Aviv Hilton. That seems to be their only real connection. One story involves a rich American who decides to give away his treasures and walk into the desert in Israel and disappear. The other story involves an author who has writer’s block and is persuaded by a professor of literature to write about the end of Kafka’s life, only this is his second life, his “after life” where he faked his death and escaped to Israel. Both stories contain a certain amount of drama and incident but mostly they are ramblings of philosophy and steams of consciousness. Dense and demanding, you need to read this slowly with lots of breaks to digest the mass of intellectual debate. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
The History of Love explores the lasting power of the written word and the lasting power of love. The book was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006 and was the winner of the 2006 Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. Published as a Penguin Essential for the first time.
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011. Clever and rewarding writing following the lives of four characters and their involvement with a desk, with 19 oddly shaped drawers. In its simplest form it is an emotional discourse on memory and loss. Great House is a story haunted by questions: What do we pass on to our children and how do they absorb our dreams and losses? How do we respond to disappearance, destruction, and change? Nicole Krauss has written a soaring, powerful novel about memory struggling to create a meaningful permanence in the face of inevitable loss. Persevere, it’s well worth the effort.
This review is provided by bookgroup.info.This book provokes strong reactions – some dislike the huge number of characters and ambiguous narrative. I loved it – for the wonderful characters, fresh language and sensitive feel. This quirky, powerful story may divide your group. Several narratives develop simultaneously and alternately, several characters develop and intertwine and several ages are evoked all of which add up to a complex and successful interweaving of lives and stories. Elderly Leo sits alone and isolated in his New York flat. He has lost all his family and friends. He is terrified of the strong possibility of dying alone, which prompts him to write out his details and planned funerary arrangements on a scrap of paper, to be carried at all times. Apart from occasional visits from equally elderly Bruno, who he contacts via tapping on the hot water pipes in the apartment block, or trips to a life drawing class to pose as a nude model, Leo is utterly alone. The solitude allows him to assess his life and the hand fate has dealt him and his tale of love, loss and survival is both unique and, I suspect, similar to many others of those who fled the Holocaust. Leo is a heartbreaking mix of pride, bravery, humour and pathos. As the daughter of a very elderly father, I felt both sadness and wonder at Leo’s struggles - the small significances, small details of a good man’s life and the tiny imprint he makes on this world.But this is only one narrative in The History of Love. Elsewhere in the novel, an obscure and fascinating book, also called ‘The History of Love’ is being translated by teenage Alma’s bereaved mother and the whole nature of creative writing is assessed in detail. Krauss’s novel has evoked passionate responses, including criticisms of the baffling narrative and ambitious cast. For me, this did not detract from the dazzling characterization and sheer range of people conjured up. Alma’s young brother Bird is a wonderful creation. Krauss’s superb writing both amazed and moved me and personally I would like to take Leo home, listen to his stories and cook him supper…but that’s another story.Sarah Broadhurst's view...Reviewed on Richard and Judy on 18 January 2006. This is the sort of book you will either love or hate, reactions can be pretty strong. Interestingly a girl at Penguin broke off her longstanding relationship once she had read it, so convinced was she by Nicole’s illustration of love. She knew her’s didn’t match the feelings she had just experienced in words, words that transmitted such truth to her heart. It says quite a lot about a book for it to have that sort of power. This is heartbreaking stuff.Comparison: Annie Proulx, Paul Auster, Michael Cunningham.
CHOSEN AS BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE OBSERVER, NEW YORKER, NEW YORK TIMES BOOKS REVIEW, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT AND THE TIMES 'Lucid and exhilarating ... A great gift' New York Review of Books 'Tantalizes and compels ... A welcome reminder of how a novel can be defiantly and brilliantly novel' Douglas Kennedy, New Statesman Jules Epstein has vanished: first slowly, then all at once. He begins divesting himself of all of his worldly possessions. Now he's fallen off the face of the earth, and all the search parties can find is his empty monogrammed briefcase, abandoned in the Judean foothills. In her room at the Tel Aviv Hilton, an American novelist has also left home to undergo a transformation. But when a stranger recruits her for a project involving Kafka, she is drawn into a mystery that will take her on a metaphysical journey and change her in ways she could never have imagined.
Nicole Krauss, die Autorin des Welterfolges "e;Die Geschichte der Liebe"e;, kehrt mit einem phantastischen Roman zuruck: Ein vom Leben enttauschter reicher New Yorker Anwalt und eine Schriftstellerin mit Eheproblemen machen sich auf die Suche nach dem Unbekannten in sich selbst und finden in der Wuste Israels uberraschende Wege, uber sich, ihre Traume und die Welt hinaus ins Unendliche zu schauen. Jules Epstein, 68, einst Beweger und politischer Macher mit bergroem Ego, gert nach der Scheidung von seiner langjhrigen Frau aus dem Tritt. Zum Schrecken seiner Kinder verschenkt er den grten Teil seines Vermgens und mchte den Rest in eine Stiftung zum Gedenken an seine verstorbenen Eltern stecken. Am liebsten wrde er den seit 2000 Jahren abgeholzten Mount Hebron in Israel aufforsten lassen. Schon im Flieger allerdings lernt er einen Rabbiner kennen, der ein Treffen smtlicher lebender Abkmmlinge von Knig David plant und darauf besteht, Epstein gehre zu dieser traditionsreichen dynastischen Linie. Epstein versucht, den versponnenen Rabbi loszuwerden, aber dann trifft er auf dessen verfhrerische Tochter, die in der Wste Negev einen Film dreht Die junge Autorin Nicole aus Brooklyn lsst nach einer Epiphanie in der Kche, bei der sie sich nur noch als nutzloses Staubkorn im Multiversum sieht, ihre Familie zurck und flieht ins Hilton von Tel Aviv, wo sie seit ihrer Geburt jedes Jahr gewesen ist. Ein Ort der Ruhe, hofft sie, an dem sie sich wiederfinden kann. Doch ein emeritierter Literaturprofessor mit dubioser Mossad-Vergangenheit lauert ihr stndig auf und bedrngt sie, ein unvollendetes Drama fertigzuschreiben, das angeblich von Kafka stammt. Und whrend aus den Palstinensergebieten Raketen ber den nchtlichen Himmel ziehen, landet Nicole, irregeleitet vom sinistren Professor, allein in einer Htte in der Wste Negev. Auf dem Schreibtisch nur zwei Dinge: eine alte Schreibmaschine und ein Bildband, betitelt "e;Die Wlder Israels"e;. Mit sprhender Intelligenz und erzhlerischer Raffinesse webt Nicole Krauss ein traumhaft metaphorisches Gespinst von einem Roman, frei nach Dante: "e;Ich fand auf unseres Lebensweges Mitte in eines Waldes Dunkel mich verschlagen, weil sich vom rechten Pfad verirrt die Schritte."e;
**A New York Times Notable Book of the Year; AGlobe and Mail Best Book of the Year**"e;A brilliant novel. I am full of admiration."e; Philip Roth"e;One of Americas most important novelists"e; (New York Times), the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The History of Love, conjures an achingly beautiful and breathtakingly original novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individualsan older lawyer and a young novelistwhose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert.Jules Epstein, a man whose drive, avidity, and outsized personality have, for sixty-eight years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents deaths, his divorce from his wife of more than thirty years, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, hes felt an irresistible need to give away his possessions, alarming his children and perplexing the executor of his estate. With the last of his wealth, he travels to Israel, with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents. In Tel Aviv, he is sidetracked by a charismatic American rabbi planning a reunion for the descendants of King David who insists that Epstein is part of that storied dynastic line. He also meets the rabbis beautiful daughter who convinces Epstein to become involved in her own projecta film about the life of David being shot in the desertwith life-changing consequences.But Epstein isnt the only seeker embarking on a metaphysical journey that dissolves his sense of self, place, and history. Leaving her family in Brooklyn, a young, well-known novelist arrives at the Tel Aviv Hilton where she has stayed every year since birth. Troubled by writers block and a failing marriage, she hopes that the hotel can unlock a dimension of realityand her own perception of lifethat has been closed off to her. But when she meets a retired literature professor who proposes a project she cant turn down, shes drawn into a mystery that alters her life in ways she could never have imagined. Bursting with life and humor, Forest Dark is a profound, mesmerizing novel of metamorphosis and self-realizationof looking beyond all that is visible towards the infinite.
Jules Epstein, a man whose drive, avidity, and personality have, for sixty-eight years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents' deaths, his divorce from a thirty-year marriage, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, he begins shedding the possessions he spent a lifetime accumulating - a watch here, an Old Master there - and becomes elusive, distant. Resolving to do something to commemorate his parents, he travels to Tel Aviv and checks into the Hilton. Meanwhile, a novelist leaves her husband and children behind in Brooklyn and arrives at the same hotel, hoping that the view of the pool she used to dive into on childhood holidays will unlock her writer's block. But when a retired professor of literature recruits her for a project involving Kafka, she is drawn into a mystery that will take her on a metaphysical journey and change her in ways she could never have imagined.
Die vierzehnjahrige Alma wurde nach der Hauptfigur eines Romans benannt. Leo Gursky hatte den Text als junger Mann in Polen geschrieben, fur seine groe Liebe Alma. Nun lebt er als einsamer alter Mann in New York. Er wei nicht, dass das Buch den Holocaust uberstanden hat. Bis die junge Alma sich auf die Suche nach ihm macht. "e;Bezaubernd, zrtlich und sehr originell."e; (J. M. Coetzee)"e;Ein groartiger Roman."e; (Spiegel)"e;Dies ist ein gewaltiges Buch, das unser mdes Herz erfrischt. Nicole Krauss sei gepriesen dafr."e; (Colum McCann)"e;Einfach anfangen zu lesen. Es ist wunderbar."e; (Stern)"e;Ein auergewhnlicher Roman, lebensprall, klug und poetisch, von eigenwilligem Charme, staunenswerter Anschaulichkeit und gesegnet mit einem zrtlichen Humor."e; (FAZ)
Wo bleibt die Erinnerung?Samson Greene, ein New Yorker Englischprofessor, wird orientierungslos in der Wste Nevadas aufgefunden. Er kehrt zurck in sein frheres Leben, doch es bleibt ihm fremd. Alle Erinnerungen seit seinem zwlften Lebensjahr sind ausgelscht. Ein kalifornischer Arzt kann Samson schlielich fr Experimente der modernen Hirnforschung gewinnen. Der Beginn einer abenteuerlichen und gefhrlichen Reise ... "e;Mit diesem auergewhnlich tief empfundenen, klarsichtigen Buch betritt Nicole Krauss das Pantheon der groen amerikanischen Literatur."e; (Susan Sontag)"e;Das Buch ist Beziehungsgeschichte, Science-Fiction, Road-Movie - ein intelligenter Lesespa."e; (Die Zeit)"e;Eine komplexe Metapher der Einsamkeit."e; (FAZ)"e;Das berhrend tragikomische Portrt eines Daseins ohne Vergangenheit."e; (Freundin)"e;Ein beeindruckendes Debt."e; (SZ)
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011, Nicole Krauss's Great House is a haunting story that explores loss and memory. In New York a woman spends the night with a young Chilean poet before he departs, leaving her at his desk. Later, he is arrested by Pinochet's secret police. . . In north London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers a lock of hair that unravels a terrible secret. . . In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer reassembles his father's study plundered by Nazis. One item remains missing. . . Spanning continents and decades, weaving an intricate web of its characters' lives, Great House tells a soaring story of love, loss and survival against the odds. 'The History of Love was very good indeed. Great House...is even better. A heartbreaking meditation on loss and memory and how they construct our lives' Guardian 'Full of mystery and suspense, building towards one og th great climaxes in contemporary fiction. It is hard to imagine a better book of fiction being published this year...one of the finest writers of our time' Jewish Chronicle 'Bewitching, mysterious and deeply moving. One of 2011's must-reads' Harper's Bazaar Nicole Krauss is an American bestselling author who has received international critical acclaim for her first three novels: Great House, The History of Love (Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006 and winner of the 2006 Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger) and Man Walks into a Room (shortlisted for the LA Times Book Award), all of which are available in Penguin paperback.
Uber Jahrzehnte jagt der judische Kunsthandler Georg Weisz den Habseligkeiten nach, die seiner Familie vor dem Abtransport ins KZ geraubt wurden. Besessen von dem Wunsch, das grauenvolle Geschehen seiner Kindheit ungeschehen zu machen, baut er in seinem Haus in Jerusalem das Zimmer seines Vaters genau so nach, wie er es aus dem Vorkriegs-Budapest in Erinnerung behalten hat. Der Schreibtisch jedoch fehlt. Es ist ein klotziges, Ungluck verheiendes Mobelstuck, und seine verschiedenen Besitzer - die New Yorker Schriftstellerin Nadia, der chilenische Student Daniel, die deutsche Holocaustuberlebende Lotte - geraten in einen Strudel von Ereignissen, die sie mit Liebe, Verlust und Tod konfrontieren. Nicole Krauss nimmt uns mit auf eine vertrackte Zeitreise in verschttete Welten. Sie alle leuchten mit der Schrfe ihrer Erkenntnis, der Schnheit ihrer Bilder und der Prgnanz ihrer Kunst, die auslotet, was Sprache sagen kann und wo sie letztlich schweigen muss. "e;Das groe Haus"e; ist ein mitreiender Roman ber die Gruel und Schnheiten des 20. Jahrhunderts.