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The Brummstein (2005)

by Peter Adolphsen

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This astonishing novel begins in 1907, when Josef Siedler, a science-fiction devotee, ventures deep into a series of caves in search of an entrance to the underworld. Disappointed in his quest, he nonetheless returns with a peculiar souvenir: a small rock sample that emits a strange humming sound. Upon Siedler's death, the rock is bequeathed to his nephew, a significant step in what will become an extraordinary journey through the arc of history. For as the stone passes through the hands of a series of owners, it collects their experiences: from pre-World War I ambitions and inter-war anarchism to conditions during World War II, the bleakness of life in post-war East Germany, the German art scene of the 1960s, and more. These "snapshots" of the twentieth century serve to chronicle the continuity of humanity, with all its strengths and weaknesses, in spare, haunting prose. In The Brummstein, Danish author Peter Adolphsen has spun a mystical--and movingly memorable--exploration of the meaning of life.… (more)
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Ligegyldig, kedelig fortælling, som hverken fangede mig undervejs i læsningen eller efter, og som hurtigt vil være glemt. Det er en anderledes tekst, som ikke følger de klassiske fortællermodeller og på postmodernistisk vis ikke giver nogen form for meningsanvisning til læseren. En dårlig læseoplevelse, men alligevel værd at læse for forfatterens forsøg på at finde nye måder at fortælle på. ( )
  troelsk | May 8, 2020 |
"All around them, chemistry carried out its destructive business...."

A strange but engaging novella presented more or less in the language of a monograph on a scientific peculiarity, though the putative author knows more than he would have for complete verisimilitude. A useful structural comparator is Brooks's [b:People of the Book|1379961|People of the Book|Geraldine Brooks|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1239820658s/1379961.jpg|3020568], though here the point seems to be that human concerns and history are ephemeral and trivial, perhaps the opposite of Brooks's theme. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
A strange stone makes a noise by vibrating, and is passed from hand to hand in the twentieth century. ( )
  annesadleir | Apr 3, 2012 |
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Peter Adolphsenprimary authorall editionscalculated
Barslund, CharlotteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holmqvist, NinniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Koenders, EdithTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This astonishing novel begins in 1907, when Josef Siedler, a science-fiction devotee, ventures deep into a series of caves in search of an entrance to the underworld. Disappointed in his quest, he nonetheless returns with a peculiar souvenir: a small rock sample that emits a strange humming sound. Upon Siedler's death, the rock is bequeathed to his nephew, a significant step in what will become an extraordinary journey through the arc of history. For as the stone passes through the hands of a series of owners, it collects their experiences: from pre-World War I ambitions and inter-war anarchism to conditions during World War II, the bleakness of life in post-war East Germany, the German art scene of the 1960s, and more. These "snapshots" of the twentieth century serve to chronicle the continuity of humanity, with all its strengths and weaknesses, in spare, haunting prose. In The Brummstein, Danish author Peter Adolphsen has spun a mystical--and movingly memorable--exploration of the meaning of life.

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