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And the book is no disappointment. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Set mainly in Germany and the Czech Republic, with side trips to Tel Aviv, France, and New York, these wry, elliptical narratives chart the passions and the discontents of men and women who vanish from each other’s lives and reappear without notice, and whom Biller often catches at the moment of confronting the mystery of what keeps them together, or what has driven them apart.

Dunya Fieuw rated it liked it Feb 02, Biller is sharp, almost surgical in his spare portrayal of relationships. Neni marked it as to-read Aug 19, Christopher rated bil,er liked it Dec 15, Empanada marked it as to-read Aug 01, The end result is both romantically voyeuristic and deeply moving—Biller is a writer poised for international stardom.

Andreaburrrg rated it it was ok Sep 19, Set up a giveaway. Mari in TNRor arguably the real world. They can’t seem to love without hurting, and often intentionally. Robert added it Jul 06, What happened exactly is a long and complicated story. Buy the selected items together This item: German cultural institutions based in the u.


Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. That he had offended many of them once Biller said that the average German author was a wimp was not of much help.

In other stories, Biller isn’t afraid to reveal the bleakest inner thoughts of his characters. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Pnina rated it liked it Jul 24, As a reader trying to make sense of it, there’s a fair amount of time spent vacillating between, “Do these guys love each other Get to Know Us. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Any reader can recognize moments they’ve lived themselves — except with a new understanding from getting the perspective of Biller’s all-seeing eye.

Not every story coheres; at times the emotional distance keeps you from connecting with the characters. But many of the stories will just blow you away, and collectively, they have real power. Literary soirees have their limits; one of them is the time limit. Really, there are only two stories that betray any semblance of sentimentality, or hope esraa “Ziggy Stardust,” in which two childhood friends come together and move apart over the course of their lives, and the final story, “Happy Ending With Billerr Tape” — aptly titled, and a bit more experimental in content.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The Israeli newspaper H’aaretz published a profile on Biller earlier this year, in which Biller summarized his regular column for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as follows: As the title suggests, most of these stories are portraits of love, or rather relationships.

You don’t always have to feel something at the sight of your child, I told myself Aliena marked it as to-read May 19, Elisabeth rated it it was ok Jan 08, Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Hitler is the big absentee in this collection. I first saw the story “The Mahogany Elephant” in The New Yorker and was amazed by Biller’s insight and precise rendering of the tricks and currents of modern love.


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No doubt, Biller’s style is spare — with 27 stories spanning just over pages, most of these little portraits would right qualify as “sudden” fiction. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In “Seven Attempts at Loving,” after a long separation childhood sweethearts meet by accident at a tram stop in Prague; in “Baghdad at Seven-Thirty,” a man and his much younger girlfriend watch war news coverage in a bar, straining for a glimpse of the man’s American soldier son, about to be deployed to Kuwait; and in “The Architect,” an artist named Splash and his Lebanese lover distract themselves from their problems by spying on a neighbor.

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Shortly after publication, one of Biller’s ex-girlfriends and her mother went to court and tried to prevent the novel from being sold. Erio rated it did not like it Feb 19, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Florian rated it liked it Sep 06,