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Perlmann's Silence (1995)

by Pascal Mercier

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Prominent linguist and widower Philipp Perlmann contemplates drastic measures when he faces exposure after plagiarizing a colleague's work for his keynote address at an important academic gathering in Genoa.
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    Necropolis by Santiago Gamboa (bluepiano)
    bluepiano: Two good books similar inasmuch as the main setting is an international academic conference the protagonist attends.
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Perlman's Silence demands a lot of courage, patience and persistence of the reader, but it is worth it. Bieri's insightful description of the slow inner deterioration of the middle aged academic Perlman is a compelling read. At first I thought that it was all too detailed and long, but that is the way it also is for the protagonist. As a reader you have to crawl so deeply into Perlamn's skin that his thoughts almost become yours. And that is great writing!
Just like in 'Ńight train to Lisbon', the protagonist is a man who is well settled in his academic interest, but through an emotional upheaval starts to obsess about something completely illogical, which changes the way he experiences the world around him, and the course of his life. Both books are sort of a quest for the right relationship with reality.
I found Perlman's quest harder to read, because I didn't like Perlman as a person, so I was not always sympathetic to crooked reasoning of this egocentric man.

By the way the English translation of this book is a lot better than the one for 'Night train to Lisbon'. ( )
1 vote Marietje.Halbertsma | Jan 9, 2022 |
relatable ( )
  davidpomerenke | Dec 26, 2021 |
Ein Hotel an der ligurischen Küste im Spätherbst. Philipp Perlmann, ein angesehener Sprachwissenschaftler, erwartet eine Gruppe von berühmten Kollegen zu einem Forschungsaufenthalt. Umstellt von den hohen Erwartungen der anderen, wird Perlmann von der Einsicht überwältigt, dass ihm seine beruflichen Gewissheiten völlig abhanden gekommen sind. Diese Erfahrung macht die anderen zu bedrohlichen Gegnern. Verschanzt in einem entlegenen Zimmer des Hotels, flüchtet er sich in das Übersetzen eines russischen Textes. Durch diese Flucht nach innen gerät Perlmann mit jedem Tag mehr in eine ausweglose Situation, die ihn schließlich in einen Strudel von Lügen und an den Rand eines Mordes treibt. Ein psychologischer Roman par excellence, der den Hörer durch raffinierte Komposition und einen großen Spannungsbogen von der ersten bis zur letzten Zeile in Atem hält.
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
Audio. Intersting subject. Some suspense and twists. Good writing style. ( )
  kakadoo202 | May 18, 2019 |
to be honest I was disappointed in this novel. I loved Night Train to Lisbon, and was very excited to see a new English novel by Pascal Mercier. The main character, Perlmann, a college teacher had just lost his wife, he is in deep grief, is asked to organize a conference. He is unable to come up with paper so he decides to use a paper written by a Russian, thinking that person would never know. of course the Russian ends up at the conference. The novel is about Perlmann's angust, for far to many pages. At first I liked him, at the end not so much ( )
  michaelbartley | Sep 14, 2014 |
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Philipp Perlmann war es gewohnt, dass die Dinge keine Gegenwart für ihn hatten.
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