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Mudrovanje (2012)

by Lars Iyer(Favorite Author)
3.57 of 5 Votes: 3
Edicije Božičević
review 1: Philosophical satire which doesn't make you laugh. So repetitive it becomes exasperating. It's about the despair of trying to think, while merely producing imitations of thought. The greatest influence is probably Beckett, but, interestingly enough, the style and tone reminded me of Gonçalo M. Tavares, especially of the books in the series «O Bairro». On the plus side, the sections about the damp and the mould in Lars's house are not only stangely beautiful, but also, together with the references to Béla Tarr's films, the most original moments in the book.
review 2: I really enjoyed this book, though I don't think everyone will. I loved it for its hilarious exploration of writing and academia and what it means to be a truly great thinker. W. is a fantastica
... morelly contrary character who manages to be both self-deprecating and narcissistic. The narrator is verbally abused by W. throughout the whole story and I was thoroughly amused by the two friends' pursuit of "ideas" and great thoughts. Throw in a contention that the End Times are near, an apartment slowly being devoured by persistent and aggressive damp, and a dip into what Apocalypse really means. This book is funny, strange, and philosophically charged. It would have helped me to know more about the works of Kafka and his basic autobiography before embarking on a reading of this book, but some quick research half way through and familiarity with The Metamorphosis helped. This book is unlike anything I've ever read stylistically and I think anyone who has been through the wringer of the academic world, and thought that perhaps the creating the appearance of great thinking was more prevalent than actual discussions and learning should probably pick this one up. less
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Kind of felt like he was trying to be Kafka and failing. Funny in parts, though.
Loved it. Kudos for making Bela Tarr humorous. Can't wait for the sequel.
Pretentiously esoteric. Not quite up to the hype. Loved the mold.
Ooh Lars Iyer, I see what you did there. Clever, clever.
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