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The House of Paper (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Carlos Maria Dominguez, Peter Sis (Illustrator), Nick Caistor (Translator)

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Title:The House of Paper
Authors:Carlos Maria Dominguez
Other authors:Peter Sis (Illustrator), Nick Caistor (Translator)
Info:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2005), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 103 pages
Collections:Your library, 2013 Read
Rating:****
Tags:books about books, Uruguay, Latin American literature

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The house of paper by Carlos María Domínguez (Author) (2004)

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Ich hatte gerade den ersten Satz gelesen, als ich laut loslachen musste. Was für ein Beginn für ein Buch!!! Zum besseren Verständnis:
'Im Frühjahr 1998 kaufte Bluma Lennon in einer Buchhandlung von Soho eine alte Ausgabe der Gedichte von Emiliy Dickinson und wurde an der ersten Straßenecke, als sie gerade beim zweiten Gedicht angelangt war, von einem Auto überfahren.'
Welch ein Tod für Bücherwürmer ;-) Doch nicht jedes Buch führt zu solch radikalen Konsequenzen, aber in doch vielen Fällen zu durchaus markanten Einschnitten im Leben der Lesenden. Davon handelt diese Erzählung: welchen Einfluss Bücher haben, wie sie nach und nach das Leben eines Menschen in Besitz nehmen können bis kaum noch etwas anderes Raum einnimmt. Wie es auf unerklärliche Weise immer mehr werden, jedes Regal zu klein wird und über kurz oder lang keine freie Wand mehr vorhanden ist.
Das Ganze ist verpackt in eine stimmungsvolle, poetisch erzählte Geschichte über die Suche nach der Herkunft eines Buches, die nach Uruguay führt und in deren Verlauf man Personen kennenlernt, deren Bücherverrücktheit kaum Grenzen zu kennen scheint. Für die weniger Bücherbesessenen mag dies eher phantastisch klingen, alle anderen aber werden diese Erzählung vermutlich realistischer sehen und wahrscheinlich gewisse Ähnlichkeiten mit der eigenen Person feststellen. Mir ist es zumindest so ergangen ;-) ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
This is an amazing book about obsession. Our unnamed protagonist receives a book in a strange condition, and decides to find out who sent it and why. He discovers the sender, Mr. Bauer and his obsession with books. This short book is about the power of books to shape our lives. Beautiful writing. ( )
  LynnB | Jul 20, 2014 |
A book about books, the different meanings that books have for us. How an addiction for books can be taken too far, so maybe a bit of a precautionary tale as well. A very interesting book, with vivid and quotable prose. ( )
  Beamis12 | Nov 28, 2012 |
A House of Paper is a whimisical, soulful paean to books and their lovers, and especially those of us "who have loved books not wisely but too well." Anyone who is not just a reader, but a lover of the book form; from the pathways of white through the text, to the smell of the ink and paper, to the different qualities of whiteness of the pages, to say nothing of the bindings,in other words, those of us who are not rushing out to buy Kindles, will find a hundred little moments in this book where she feels she has met a kndred spirit.

True to the South American soul there is that element of tilted reality which lends a piquant nature to the story, which is further complimented by the Peter Sis surreal illustrations ( )
1 vote lucybrown | Jan 23, 2011 |
A story about how books can change a person's life ad also how a person can change the ''life'' of books. About the passion for books and a bibliophile's loss of reason that leads him to build a house out of his library, literaly: by cementing his books into the walls of his residence. A beautiful and at points disturbing story that left me pondering about the ephemeral nature of much of humanity's treasures. ( )
  FPdC | May 24, 2010 |
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In memory of the great Joseph.
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One day in the spring of 1998, Bluma Lennon bought a secondhand copy of Emily Dickinson's poems in a bookshop in Soho, and as she reached the second poem on the first street corner, she was knocked down by a car.
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It is often much harder to get rid of books than it is to acquire them. They stick to us in that pact of need and oblivion we make with them, witnesses to a moment in our lives we will never see again.

The truth is that in the end the size of a library does matter.

"How many books do you have?" I asked

"To tell the truth, I've given up counting. But I think there must be around eighteen thousand. I've been buying books here and there ever since I can remember. To build up a library is to create a life. It's never just a random collection of books."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0151011478, Hardcover)

Bluma Lennon, distinguished professor of Latin American literature at Cambridge, is hit by a car while crossing the street, immersed in a volume of Emily Dickinson's poems. Several months after her untimely demise, a package arrives for her from Argentina-a copy of a Conrad novel, encrusted in cement and inscribed with a mysterious dedication. Bluma's successor in the department (and a former lover) travels to Buenos Aires to track down the sender, one Carlos Brauer, who turns out to have disappeared.

The last thing known is that he moved to a remote stretch of the Uruguayan coastline and built himself a house out of his enormous and valuable library. How he got there, and why, is the subject of this seductive novel-part mystery, part social comedy, and part examination of all the many forms of bibliomania.

Charmingly illustrated by Peter Sís, The House of Paper is a tribute to the strange and passionate relationship between people and their books.

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"Bluma Lennon, distinguished professor of Latin American literature at Cambridge, is hit by a car while crossing the street, immersed in a volume of Emily Dickinson's poems. Several months after her untimely demise, a package arrives for her from Argentina - a copy or a Conrad novel, encrusted in cement and inscribed with a mysterious dedication. Bluma's successor in the department (and a former lover) travels to Buenos Aires to track down the sender, one Carlos Brauer, who turns out to have disappeared." "The last thing known is that he moved to a remote stretch of the Uruguayan coastline and built himself a house out of his enormous and valuable library. How he got there, and why, is the subject of this seductive novel - part mystery, part social comedy, and part examination of all the many forms of bibliomania." "Illustrated by Peter Sis, The House of Paper is a tribute to the strange and passionate relationship between people and their books."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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