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Out of Mind by J. Bernlef
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Out of Mind (1984)

by J. Bernlef

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The novel’s retired narrator is slowly but surely losing his grip on reality: he can no longer distinguish between past and present, he gets the urge to go to work and doesn’t recognize his own wife. More than a tale about dementia, this is a love story with an inevitable tragic ending.   El narrador jubilado de esta novela va perdiendo lenta pero inexorablemente el contacto con la realidad: ya no logra discernir entre el pasado y el presente, de pronto quiere ir al trabajo y toma a su esposa por una extraña. Más que un relato sobre la demencia, ésta es una historia de amor con un inevitable final trágico.… (more)
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  Mevrouwtje_Theelepel | Oct 5, 2014 |
A novel on dementia. Maarten Klein suddenly notices that part of his memories are disappearing. He cannot remember if it is morning or afternoon, he wants to go to work while he has been retired for years, and he doesn't remember who he is seeing on his own wedding pictures.

Several books on this subject exist, but the viewpoint is original and very believable. The story is told in first person, as if you were Maarten himself and constantly wondering where you have left your stuff, or who that unknown woman is, cooking in the kitchen. The story becomes more and more fragmented as his dementia gets worse and worse. Near the end, these fragments become more abstract and difficult to grasp, as Maarten is completely losing his grip on reality.

Very touching and unnerving. ( )
1 vote Differenti | Jan 24, 2014 |
I read this book form my literature list in grammar school. Never thought I'd be impressed that much by 'merely a book'. Translation I guess would be "Out of my mind"

When I got it for my birthday, I read it once again :-) And it still hasn't lost its power, even though it was a re-read.
An older man, Maarten, is losing contact with the world due to Alzheimer's. The writer writes from Maarten's head and that's how this story could become so realistic. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
indringend beschreven proces van dement worden, vanuit de persoon zelf met alle verwarring die daarbij hoort ( )
  trinet56 | May 8, 2010 |
Van http://mom.biblion.nl/ :
Maarten Klein, 71 jaar, woont met zijn vrouw in Gloucester boven Boston. Zijn geheugen begint te haperen, er vallen gaten in zijn herkenning van de werkelijkheid om hem heen en tegelijkertijd nemen soms flarden herinneringen bezit van zijn denken alsof ze het echte heden zijn. Ook in zijn taal ontstaan verschuivingen. Dit onomkeerbare proces dat hem in een volkomen isolement en tenslotte in een inrichting terecht doet komen, wordt door de man zelf verteld, waardoor de lezer bijna fysiek in dit beklemmende schimmenrijk van ontwortelde gedachten en beelden betrokken raakt. Aan zijn thematiek van zwijgen en verdwijnen, op allerlei manier in zijn poëzie en proza aanwezig, heeft Bernlef met dit ingehouden geschreven boek een indrukwekkend gevolg weten te geven. Wat hij in deze roman over ouderdom, aftakeling, beleving, waarneming en herinnering zegt, bewijst welke voordelen literatuur soms heeft boven wetenschappelijk-abstracte studies over dezelfde onderwerpen. Paperback; vrij kleine druk. - Redactie
  LuckyLukeAntwerp | Feb 6, 2010 |
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A touching dream to which we all are lulled
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