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Alexi_Zentner

vor 4 Jahren

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Wir müssen einander lieben – oder sterben ...

I started writing Touch when my daughters were little and my job was to watch over them, and as much as I loved being with my daughters, I felt anxious about not writing. My wife and decided that if I was going to do it - if I was going to really work at trying to be a writer - we needed to make sure I had some time to just focus on writing. So hired a babysitter to come in twice a week, for two hours at a time. I'd head out to a coffee shop and type away. After a few weeks, I had a draft of what ended up being much of the first chapter of Touch, and I gave it to my wife to read. I went downstairs to make some repairs in the basement, and when I came back upstairs, my wife was crying. She held out the pages and said, "we can keep the babysitter."
In Touch, and in my new novel, The Lobster Kings (May 2014 in the USA and Canada), which is set in a lobster fishing village on a small island, the decisions that the characters make have real ramifications. If you are underdressed in a snowstorm in the city, you get cold. If you are underdressed in a snowstorm in the woods outside of Sawgamet, where Touch is set, you can die.
I would never argue that weather or landscape serve as characters in and of themselves, but they can have profound impacts on the decisions that characters make. In a story, setting is simply the stage upon which the characters play their lives, but if that stage is a place where the natural world has a certain dominion, it can amplify the actions of characters. In Touch, in particular, this is true, and I found that the world I created in Touch was one that I was very drawn to.
I should add that, as a writer, I find the natural world is where I prefer to be. I’m not particularly precious in my writing habits – give me a laptop and a pair of headphones and I can write anywhere – but I envy the idea of having some sort of a cottage on the ocean or in the mountains, somewhere hard pressed against the natural world where I could write for part of the year. Part of this is where I was raised, which was in Canada, about an hour drive west of Toronto. We lived in a nice University town, but Canada is such a big country compared to the population that it was never particularly far to a place of wilderness. 
I think that vastness, that idea that there could be places out there that I wasn't familiar with, is part of what led me to have this magic and mythic in Touch. Touch has been called magical realism, but when people hear magical realism, they think Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I admire Marquez – Love in the Time of Cholera is still one of my favourite books – but I’m not trying to ape him, and I use the term mythical realism at least partially to distinguish what I’m trying to do from his work. Magical realism is very strongly associated with the landscapes and traditions of central and South America and Europe, and I think that when you take those frameworks of magical realism and just map them over a different culture and landscape you end up with a work that is a palimpsest; the ghostly images of those other cultures and landscapes show through your own work. There are plenty of writers who have created interesting work this way, but I’m trying to do something new. I’m trying to wrestle with the questions of myth and storytelling, trying to figure out how it is that in my cultures and landscapes – Canada and the USA – stories become myths, how the vastness of the North American landscape and immigrant experience shapes who we were, who we are, and who we will become. I actually think that in the past few years there have been a number of books that are experimenting with mythical realism, fumbling with trying to figure out the role of myth in our cultures. I’d argue that as far as literary trends go, we went through a painful period of detached irony as the main driving force for writers, and that one of the things that I want to do is to try to reclaim the sense of wonder that I think all readers strive for.
But really, all I'm trying to do is to tell good stories, to give readers the chance to lose themselves in a book, to remember what it was like as a kid to hear a story and to believe in something greater than ourselves. Mythical realism is something that should be woven throughout a book, in the same way that myth and story are woven through our lives, not just dropped in like a parlour trick. I don’t want a reader to think, “oh, that’s beautiful.” I want them to feel it. And if that means that, as a writer, I need to risk being overly sentimental, I’d rather risk that than risk nothing at all.


Mehr zum Buch:
Es ist die klirrende Kälte, die das Glas des Schulhausthermometers zerbersten lässt. Die den reißenden Fluss mit Eis überzieht, so dass, was darin verloren ging, wie unter einer milchigen Scheibe verborgen bleibt. Die das gesamte Dorf monatelang unter einer undurchdringlichen Haube aus Schnee begräbt.

Dreißig Jahre nachdem sein Großvater wieder nach Sawgamet kam, um seine geliebte, aber lange verstorbene Frau ins Leben zurückzuholen, ist auch Stephen heimgekehrt. An diesem magischen Ort, wo die Geheimnisse der Einwohner weitergeflüstert werden, bis sie zu märchenhaften Erinnerungen gefrieren. Wo sich das Leben zu Geschichten verdichtet, und Geschichten auf einmal lebendig werden. Und wo sich nun auch Stephen der Mahnung des Großvaters stellen muss, dass wir nur die eine Wahl haben: entweder wir lieben, und zwar ganz und gar – oder uns bleibt nur der Tod.


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Allgemeines zur Bewerbung und zur Leserunde:
Ihr habt hier die Möglichkeit bei einer Leserunde mit Alexi Zentner mitzumachen. Alexi spricht kein Deutsch, deshalb stellt die Fragen an den Autor bitte auf Englisch - es ist gar nicht schlimm, dabei Fehler zu machen, er wird euch verstehen. Wenn ihr auf Deutsch diskutiert und gelegentlich trotzdem knapp eure Eindrücke auf Englisch zusammenfasst, wird sichder Autor sehr freuen!

Unter allen Bewerbern vergibt der btb Verlag  15 Leseexemplare des Buches. Ihr könnt euch dafür bis einschließlich 5. November bewerben - beantwortet dazu nur folgende Frage:

Monatelang in einem Dorf unter Schnee begraben zu sein, wie in Alexi Zentners Buch, wäre das für euch die ideale Zeit für Geschichten und Erinnerungen oder was würdet ihr tun, wenn Ihr dem weißen kalten Schnee in dieser Zeit nicht entkommen könntet?

(Wenn möglich, wäre es toll, wenn ihr auf Englisch antwortet!)

Autor: Alexi Zentner
Buch: Das Flüstern des Schnees

Lesefieber

vor 4 Jahren

Bewerbung/Ich möchte mitlesen

Monatelang in einem Dorf unter Schnee begraben zu sein, wie in Alexi Zentners Buch, wäre das für euch die ideale Zeit für Geschichten und Erinnerungen oder was würdet ihr tun, wenn Ihr dem weißen kalten Schnee in dieser Zeit nicht entkommen könntet?

in addition to the fear that I would it would be important to remain calm. Old memories and stories are there then for 's first probably best. Thus, one can get a good time probably distract.
But then what is? I imagine it to be pretty scary. I read a book that had a similar issue, and these stories attract me somehow. Perhaps that is why, because I am particularly afraid of this situation?? Definitely sounds very exciting and I would like to participate in this reading circle!

LieLu

vor 4 Jahren

Bewerbung/Ich möchte mitlesen

This Book sounds mysterius and wonderful and I would like to read it :)
Oh Yes if I would live in a town which is under snow I think that it is the right time to talk about memories and storys and maybe farytales. I think that this makes better feelings for everyone :)

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Fotini

vor 4 Jahren

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I want to thank Mr. Zentner and everyone who took part in this reading circle. The book was very interesting and I am glad I had the opportunity to read it!

Meine Renzension ist jetzt auch endlich fertig und auf meiner Seite zu finden. Ich poste sie aber trotzdem nochmal hier:
http://www.lovelybooks.de/autor/Alexi-Zentner/Das-Fl%C3%BCstern-des-Schnees-1063986637-w/rezension/1070485039/

Toolkat

vor 4 Jahren

Part 3: Kapitel 8-9

From the very beginning I thought they would eat the dog! That was unexpected...

Page-Turner

vor 4 Jahren

Part 3: Kapitel 8-9
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Oh wow. I would have never thought that both will kill the Russians and eat him. Rather suspected that they kill the dog. The winter seems to be incredibly hard. I could not imagine to live for weeks under meters of snow! Simply unimaginable!

AlSuFe

vor 4 Jahren

Part 3: Kapitel 8-9
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Page-Turner schreibt:
Oh wow. I would have never thought that both will kill the Russians and eat him. Rather suspected that they kill the dog. The winter seems to be incredibly hard. I could not imagine to live for weeks under meters of snow! Simply unimaginable!

I also suspected that they will kill the dog but that they killed Gregori... absolutely unexpected. But I also do not wish to live somewhere where it snows so much.

Page-Turner

vor 4 Jahren

Rezensionen / Reviews

Nochmals vielen Dank für diese Leserunde!

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http://www.lovelybooks.de/autor/Alexi-Zentner/Das-Fl%C3%BCstern-des-Schnees-1063986637-w/rezension/1071752198/

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www.pageturnerblog.de

Liebe liebe Grüße und ein frohes Fest!

Toolkat

vor 4 Jahren

Part 4: Kapitel 10-Ende
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So, I love all the small life stories, which happened all in this little village. They perfectly fit together. What I did not like was the end. It happened so fast! Jeannot searched everywhere for his lost wife and than, found her right infront of him, in the middle of the village, at the end of the novel.

Toolkat

vor 4 Jahren

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http://www.lovelybooks.de/autor/Alexi-Zentner/Das-Fl%C3%BCstern-des-Schnees-1063986637-w/rezension/1073983183/

:) sehr sehr schön!
Empfehle es weiter!

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