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Am Fluß
Am Fluß | Esther Kinsky
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Auf der Longlist für den Deutschen Buchpreis 2014 Alte Fabriken, ärmliche Häuser, aber auch unverhoffte Streifen von Wildnis: eine Landschaft an der Grenze zwischen Stadt und Land, bevölkert von aus ihren Ordnungen gefallenen Menschen, wie sie das wahre Leben am Rande jeder Metropole prägen. In neun Etappen eines Spaziergangs in der Gegend um den River Lea im Osten Londons verfolgt Esther Kinsky die sich überlagernden Spuren ersönlicher Geschichte und urbaner Historie dieser Flusslandschaft und nutzt die Wildnis des Marschlands als Freiraum für Erinnerung und Reflexion. Der River Lea wird zur Grenzmarkierung und zugleich zu einem Wegweiser: Erfahrung und Wahrnehmung finden an ihm eine Schranke und ein Ziel. »Am Fluss« ist ein Buch über das Sehen, über Erkenntnis durch Betrachtung, in dem Esther Kinsky die Frage nach den Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Sichtbarmachung von Welt neu stellt.
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merelybookish
River | Esther Kinsky
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More like an extended essay than novel with no plot as such beyond the passing of time. An unnamed German narrator wanders around the River Lea on the outskirts of London She describes forgotten, unseen spaces and inhabitants where urban, industrial and rural overlap. The image of the river is powerful, conjuring boundary, memory, movement, and loss. Beautiful meloncholic prose that was at times dull, at times mesmerizing.
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merelybookish
River | Esther Kinsky
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Started tagged book for women in translation month. I *think* it's a novel but so far it's hard to tell. Lots of descriptions of rivers. It's a very UN-novely novel.
Picture from my morning hike, with nary a river in sight.

BarbaraBB Gorgeous surroundings! 😍 1mo
LauraBeth Wow! Beautiful scenery! 1mo
Tamra Love the pic! 👏🏾 1mo
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merelybookish @BarbaraBB @LauraBeth @Tamra It was a beautiful hike in spite of the heat! I plan to go back again when it's cooler! 1mo
Reggie You got me with the Un-novely novel. 1mo
Cathythoughts So beautiful 😍, lovely place to be hiking 1mo
merelybookish @Reggie How do you feel about lots of nature description and no plot? 😄 But I'd be happy to send it on to you when I'm done. 1mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Colorado does have good hiking! 1mo
Centique Wow. I‘ve never been to Colorado - it looks beautiful. So different to where I am in Auckland where everything is wet and green and slippery right now! I love walking in different landscapes - have to get over that way again 😍 1mo
merelybookish @Centique Its a very rugged kind of beauty! I grew up in a green wet place so it still surprises me to see cacti growing in the grass. This is in the foothills near Denver. It's even more beautiful when you drive deeper into the mountains! So yes, come to Colorado! 1mo
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