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Durch einen Spiegel, in einem dunklen Wort (original 1993; edition 2001)

by Jostein Gaarder

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Conversations about life and death, between a girl and an angel. It's almost Christmas. Cecilia lies sick in bed as her family bustle around her to make her last Christmas as special as possible. Cecilia has cancer. An angel steps through her window. So begins a spirited and engaging series of conversations between Cecelia and her angel. As the sick girl thinks about her life and prepares for her death, she changes subtly, in herself and in her relationships with her family. Jostein Gaarder is a profoundly optimistic writer, who writes about death with wisdom, compassion and an enquiring mind. THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY will not only bring comfort to the bereaved. It will move and amaze everyone who reads it.… (more)
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Title:Durch einen Spiegel, in einem dunklen Wort
Authors:Jostein Gaarder
Info:Dtv (2001), Broschiert
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Tags:philosophy, young adult, german

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Through a Glass, Darkly by Jostein Gaarder (1993)

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This is a bit like Sophie's World cut brutally short and injected with a generous dose of religion. There were some bits that made me think, but writing this review now, just a week or so after I finished it, I find myself struggling to remember much about its substance. If Sophie's World was a Mars bar, this would probably be a TicTac. How's that for philosophy. ( )
  jayne_charles | Mar 5, 2016 |
Essa é a história de Cecília Skotbu, uma menina que vive intensamente. As coisas que vai aprendendo ela anota num caderninho. Cecília passa quase o tempo todo em seu quarto, deitada na cama. Ela está morrendo. Sua história é uma preparação para a morte - e por isso é também um mergulho na vida. Ela morre como quem viaja, prestando atenção em tudo. Através de seu olhar profundo, o outro lado do espelho se torna um pouco mais claro para nós.
  melissa.gamador | Sep 4, 2014 |
Essa é a história de Cecília Skotbu, uma menina que vive intensamente. As coisas que vai aprendendo ela anota num caderninho. Ali ela escreveu, por exemplo: "Nós enxergamos tudo num espelho, obscuramente. Às vezes conseguimos espiar através do espelho e ter uma visão de como são as coisas do outro lado. Se conseguíssemos polir mais esse espelho, veríamos muito mais coisas. Porém não enxergaríamos mais a nós mesmos". Cecília passa quase o tempo todo em seu quarto, deitada na cama. Ela está morrendo. Sua história é uma preparação para a morte e por isso é também um mergulho na vida. Ela morre como quem viaja, prestando atenção em tudo. Através de seu olhar profundo, o outro lado do espelho se torna um pouco mais claro para nós. ( )
  EduardoOliveira | Jun 5, 2012 |
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  BRCSBooks | Sep 21, 2011 |
How does one prepare for one's encroaching death? Do we deny what's looming because we fear the unknown of the hereafter? What do we do with the anger we feel against the helplessness of our situation? Are there angels on grief watches who try to bring comfort to those dying, to ease their fears and help them make take that step towards their next journey?

This is a wonderful philosophical take on religion, the difference between angels and humans (or at least the imagined difference), why God made us the way He did, how He gets to experience the earth that He has created, and where we fit in the Universe.

A young girl is bedridden and dying. Her sorrowful family accede to her every request at Christmas and into her final days. She starts to receive visits from a bald boy when her family aren't around, and he takes her (and us) on a journey of self-discovery and awareness.

This book leaves a lasting impression and is a book I would urge everyone to read, regardless of your religious leaning. ( )
5 vote cameling | Dec 28, 2009 |
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Glädjen er en fjäril
Som fladdrer lågt öfver marken
Men sorgen är en fågel
Med stora, starka, svarta vingar
De bära en högt övfer lifvet
Som flyter nere i solljus och grönska.
Sorgens fågel flyger högt,
Dit där smärtans änglar hålla vakt
Öfver dödens läger.

Edith Södergran, 16 år
Joy is a butterfly
Fluttering low over the earth,
But sorrow is a bird
With big, strong, black wings.
They lift you high above life
Flowing below in sunlight and growth.
The bird of sorrow flies high
To where the angels of grief keep watch
Over death's lair.

Edith Södergran (1892 - 1923)
(A poem from her notebook written
when she was sixteen years old)
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They had left the bedroom door open.
De havde ladet døren til gangen stå åben. Fra etagen nedenunder mærkede Cecilie duften af jul. Hun prøvede at skille den ene lugt ud fra den anden.
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Cecilie napjai csendesen telnek, mióta ágyhoz kötött beteg. A karácsonyt is jobbára szobájában tölti, ahol egyszercsak megjelenik egy furcsa szerzet. Azt sem tudni biztosan, hogy a váratlan vendég fiú-e vagy lány; haj nem nő a fején, kicsi, légies, amolyan gyerekforma. A jövevény bemutatkozik: ő Isten egy angyala, s Ariel a neve. Egyre gyakrabban tűnik fel Cecilie szobájában, s ilyenkor nagyon furákat kérdez az emberek világáról; nem érti, mi a meleg és a hideg, nem érti milyen lehet aludni és álmodni, milyen lehet a hó tapintása. A kislányt pedig a földöntúli világ izgatja. Ahogy telnek a napok, az élet, a létezés, a test és a lélek, a teremtés, az isteni szándék egyre több titka kerül szóba kettejük között. Ariel, az angyal teljesíti feladatát: a kislány abban a tudatban búcsúzhat el szeretteitől, hogy az emberi lélek is része az örökkévalóságnak…
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