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The Last World: A Novel with an Ovidian…

The Last World: A Novel with an Ovidian Repertory (1988)

by Christoph Ransmayr

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A traveller from Rome arrives in a small port on the Black Sea coast, in search of the great poet Naso, who has been exiled there by the Emperor, and is now rumoured to have died. But this isn't Augustan Rome as we know it - or at least not unless Roman historians were keeping very quiet about things like bus stops, P.A. systems and cinema projectors. And there seems to be something oddly familiar about the names and stories of the butcher Tereus and his wife Procne, the carpet-weaver Arachne, the shopkeeper Fama, the ropemaker Lycaon, and the rest of the local inhabitants. Could it be that Naso's great lost book has embedded itself into the structure of the world itself?

A clever, interesting, and rather strange book, but a satisfying and thought-provoking (even prescient) one as well. Lots to reflect on about the power of great narrative and the problems of climate-change, populism, authoritarian government, anarchy, refugees, etc. And a very useful reference section at the back for those who can't keep track of every single character in Ovid and what happened to them. ( )
1 vote thorold | May 12, 2019 |
Also wie dieses Buch jemals irgendwer gut finden kann, versteh ich nicht. Angeblich war's ja auch ein riesen Hit in den 80igern? Da wär eine Zeitmaschine ganz praktisch für eine Erklärung.

Bücher die von einem erwarten, dass man zuerst ein anderes Buch (Ovid - Metamorphosis) gelesen hat um blöde Andeutungen zu verstehen, sind ja wohl der letzte Dreck. Das könnte übrigens der neue Titel fürs Buch sein "der letzte Dreck".

Ich les lieber was anderes, besseres. ( )
  newcastlee | Dec 30, 2017 |
I very much enjoyed Christoph Ransmayr's novel" The Last World: A novel with an Ovidian Repeatory." The language alone is just so spot-on beautiful -- and the story itself is simple, but with so many layers, built on the theme of transformation. It's a lovely work.

The story centers on Cotta, who travels to the Black Sea on the hunt for Ovid (called Naso here) after he was banished from Rome for insulting the emperor. Cotta is hoping to find a copy of "Metamorphoses," believing Ovid burned it before being exiled.

The book is populated by many characters from "Metamorphoses" who are transformed into something not quite the same as they were in the original work. Ransmayr paints lovely images and scenes that I think will stick with me for a long time. This is definitely one of those books that begs to be reread for all of the threads that were missed the first time -- and I will have no trouble revisiting this one in the future. ( )
  amerynth | Nov 30, 2017 |
Ovid has been banished from Rome. Rome during Augustus' reign, with its pompous displays, useless luxuries, and endless public rituals, has no room for a skeptic, a subtle, polished poet. Ovid has become one of the
" untrustworthy" and has been removed to Tomi, a remote port on the Black Sea......

Many years later, rumors of Ovid's death reach Rome. An admirer of Ovid, a young man named Cotta, who is bored with his pointless , empty life, decides, on a whim and not realizing that he would be labelled a "fugitive of the state", to go to Ovid's place of exile and find the poet's final work.
But the isolated Tomi is more than Cotta first realized, for it is here that the ancient and modern worlds intersect and Ovid's METAMORPHOSES comes to life; a place where the village idiot turns into stone, a beautiful woman named Echo vanishes, leaving only her voice behind, it is here that a traveling projectionist " could hitch human destinies to his machine and transpose them whirring into the bustling world, into life"....

A novel about exile, censorship, reactionary politics, and the destruction/recreation of the world. THE LAST WORLD is a masterpiece. ( )
  maryhollis | Feb 20, 2017 |
An Admirer of Ovid travels to Constanza, a lonely spot at the Black Sea, where the Roman Poet had been banned to. Ransmayr with his oeuvre in a wonderful poetic language should be a candidate for the Nobel prize
  hbergander | Mar 5, 2011 |
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Albus, AnitaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jonkers, RonaldTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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