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One morning late in May between three and six AM a group of lonely men and women wait to be brought together like the elements in an euation Ernst Spengler is about to throw himself out his window Mylia terminally ill and in enormous pain goes out to visit a church Hinnerk Obst who’s always been told by the neighborhood child. If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewUhmIch fühle mich zweischneidig lolDisgrace It's just too terribly depressing Phrases that come to mind after having finished the book tremendously suffocating feeling of emptiness deep down inside and on and onIt's gives such an horrific view of human existence that I've finished it feeling as if someone had just punched me in the gut Intentional or not Gonçalo what were you thinking

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Ren that he looks like a murderer walks the streets with a loaded gun  As these characters are manipulated and brought together a world of violence fear pain and uncertainty is portrayed where human nature itself and the mechanisms determining our actions our fictions and the elements of our imagination are laid bare  Jerusa. when the 'easy riders and raging bulls' generation was making their mark a common critiue was that the films reflected their creators lack of knowledge of the real world that the director's reference points were other films rather than real life while ford hawks and lang were out there wrasslin' horses fightin' nazis and bagging dames depalma knew life only as defined by welles hitchcock scorsese experienced reality through the prism of powellpressburger and coppola knew nothing he wasn't taught by visconti allow me to apply this critiue which i felt wildly unfair overstated and irrelevant to tavares and i suppose borges is to blameborges that gamechanging mindblowing labyrinth creating genius borges that chubby mama's boy who created entire genres predicated on the inside of a book as the totality of the universe experience be damned if one reads the sea wolf he's a seaman if he reads hard rain falling he's already had his salad tossed there are those books which have greatness flitting all around their edges but lack the real stink of human sin such is jerusalem tavares's characters are literary creations before anything else each possesses a trait an idiosyncrasy a physical deformity rough backstory mental obsession sexual proclivity etc which defines them and tavares does all he can to reinforce the idea that people are nothing beyond a few prominent characteristics for me it feels an arid investigation; a means to circumvent a truer understanding of human behavior of the human condition that said when jerusalem soars it reaches heights few books even know exist i hit jerusalem with 3 stars as i borgesically stack it against tavares's as yet unwritten books the pain suicide cannibalism molestation disease and vollmannesue theory of historical horror in jerusalem are all interesting but one can't deny the whiff of literary calculation The Last Queen of Sheba that he looks like a murderer walks The Last Queen of Sheba the streets with a loaded gun  As Not Your Nest! these characters are manipulated and brought Global Forensic Cultures: Making Fact and Justice in the Modern Era together a world of violence fear pain and uncertainty is portrayed where human nature itself and Using Artificial Intelligence in Marketing: How to Harness AI and Maintain the Competitive Edge the mechanisms determining our actions our fictions and The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent the elements of our imagination are laid bare  Jerusa. when Cracking The Code: My Journey To Bollywood the 'easy riders and raging bulls' generation was making Baby-Led Weaning, Completely Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition: The Essential Guide—How to Introduce Solid Foods and Help Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater their mark a common critiue was Black Reign Saga that Captured by the Alien Savage the films reflected Bayou Bad Boys their creators lack of knowledge of Bayou Bad Boys the real world Just the Way You Are that The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century the director's reference points were other films rather Our Gandhi: Child of Fear to Man of Freedom than real life while ford hawks and lang were out Driven To Murder there wrasslin' horses fightin' nazis and bagging dames depalma knew life only as defined by welles hitchcock scorsese experienced reality Driven To Murder through Beg for Mercy the prism of powellpressburger and coppola knew nothing he wasn't Jack-in-the-Box taught by visconti allow me Wojna polsko-jaruzelska: stan wojenny w Polsce 13 XII 1981-22 VII 1983 to apply Waiting For a Girl Like You (Drawn to the Rhythm, this critiue which i felt wildly unfair overstated and irrelevant Waiting For a Girl Like You to The Chemistry Redemption tavares and i suppose borges is Hit and Run (Blue Sox, Book 3) to blameborges I Was Your Fool that gamechanging mindblowing labyrinth creating genius borges The Loved Dead And Other Tales that chubby mama's boy who created entire genres predicated on One September Morning the inside of a book as Ladyhawke the Killer's Law totality of Visible Lives: A Tribute To E. 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Lem is a terrifying and grimly humorous summation of the possibilities and limits of the human condition at the beginning of the 21st centuryHailed by José Saramago as the best writer of his generation and a likely future winner of the Nobel Prize Dalkey Archive is proud to introduce Gonçalo M Tavares and his breakthrough nov. Open Letter had a chance to publish this book and didn't Totally kills me Granted we only had a sample and a desire to do some of The Neighborhood books first but still If there's a top heart wrenching moment in publishing it's when the book you put your heart into gets bitch slapped by the NY Times If there's a second worst wrenching moment of the publishing heart it's reading a book you passed on and fucking loving it This is spacial modernism at its best I'm not sure exactly what I mean by that but it seems like the most appropriate term to sum up what I thought of this book Each chapter opens with a list between one and many of characters appearing in that character Then in short direct anti poetic statements it describes the lives and movements of a strangely connected set of people who are all out on the streets between 3am and 5am on a fateful night in May Opening with the near climax the book traces its way back through the lives of these characters who include a psychologist whose father never respected him the psychologist's insane wife her son her lover a prostitute and a man with anger issues and a penchant for gunsAs the book evolves you see the characters movements almost like pieces on a chessboard as their paths cross in ways that builds a palpable sense of doom and catastrophe Anyway read 20 pages of this Maybe Dalkey has a sample somewhere Can't seem to find one but their website makes my eyes bleed After you do you'll want to read I wish we had way back when so that I could be 5 starring one of our own publications Ah well


10 thoughts on “Jerusalém

  1. says:

    Much of this novel is set in a psychiatric asylum Characters transition in and out of the asylum during the story and we are never uite sure at any given time if those who are in should be out and those who are out should be in The basic story is that a mentally unstable woman has a hard life marries her psychiatrist and ends up institutionalized He hurt her than he helped her While institutionalized she has a baby and then is sterilized without her consent A murder of a young boy occurs and someone is sentenced for the murder but it's not the murderer And the real murderer is not one of those who have been previously institutionalized What does that tell us about how accurately this system of institutionalization functions? Will prison be any worse than the asylum for these damaged borderline functioning folks? That is pretty much the plotI wish I could say that there is a certain beauty in the lives of these damaged people but I don't see it their lives are marginal and their stories are depressing Every character in the book is profoundly sad The characters go through the motions of living a life with their damaged capacities What we do get are beautiful writing and some philosophical nuggets Noble prize winner Jose Saramago has raved about Tavares' writing To be sick is to have made a mistake Working as a gravedigger means seeing your own future An animal that knew how to distance itself from empty pleasures would have a great biological advantage over human beings At eighteen Mylia already knew how to humiliate men a single bullet weighs than ten thousand words the world inside and the world outside the asylum were like two separate languages without a single phoneme in commonThis is a good read although I prefer another novel I have read and reviewed by this author Learning to Pray in the Age of Techniue While the work is translated from the Portuguese there is no local color so it's not clear where the novel is set; obviously the intention of the authorphoto of Lisbon from eseb2013com photo of the author from wookpt


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    Whose War? What Rationality?In modern ethical theory the medieval idea of Just War is still considered a thing worthy of serious consideration The theory is that the decisions to go to war as well as how to conduct it are subject to rational criteria which can be applied coherently to past and future national conflict But of course Just War theory is entirely fatuous for the simple reason that there has never been nor never will be a war that isn't justified by its participants This is obvious to all but the ethical theorists who presume that the criteria of rationality they specify might somehow prevent or motivate action On the contrary the criteria provided in the theory are used to justify whatever action is taken giving the framework of argument as it were in public debate As one of Tavares's characters muses every crime is perfectly justifiable when inspired by being sadRationality in other words that Jerusalem the reference is to the 137th Psalm where the human mind is worshipped is a rather slippery idea than many of us want to admit And it is this theme of the fluid often contradictory character of what we glibly call the rational that is the theme of Tavares's book Tavares teaches or taught epistemology at university It's not surprising therefore that he uses a techniue not dissimilar from that used by Iris Murdoch in her last novel Jackson's Dilemma in which characters represent Heideggerian existentialist categories Tavares personalises philosophical theories of rationality and then watches them collideThe main character Theodor is a prototypical medieval rationalist who believes that there is a coherent order to the universe that is prior to an understanding by human beings This leads him to a necessary belief in an ordering God but also into some rather problematic positionsTheodore is obsessed with both the Holocaust and mental illness as chapters in the long 'history of horror' that is the world He is aware however that his presumption that these things are rational that is they lead to an ultimate good are either blasphemous or indicative of an inherent evil in the universe He also knows that presuming a rationality to phenomena like the Holocaust is a bad idea since by finding reasons for such a thing one justifies it This is the same problem as with Just War theory The fact that so many otherwise ordinary people participated in the Holocaust proves that human rationality and indeed God is not something to be touted but to be fearedTheodor's wife Mylia is a schizophrenic who like the other patients in the local mental hospital the physical location of Jerusalem has her own uniue and rather interesting theory of rationality a Heraclitan theory of becoming which is neatly summarised with regard to eggs Eggs all eggs contained a kind of concrete material altruism that Mylia couldn't find in anything else in the world Eggs appear because they want to disappear They appear because they want to reappear as something else God is the cosmos finding itselfOther characters have other ideas of rationality and divinity Hinnerk the war damaged veteran believes there is no underlying rationality in the world and conseuently lives in a state of fearful paranoia For him words as the foundation of rationality are essentially meaningless; there is no God Mylia's disabled son Kaas is unable to use words and therefore has no real idea of what rationality might be For him God is a malevolent vengeful mystery who is the source of his disability Gompertz the administrator of the mental hospital is the vulgar pragmatist for whom rationality is merely conventional behaviour; God we might say is 'best practice' Hanna the prostitute gives no thought whatsoever to rationality in her unexplainable Christ like devotion to the homicidal Hinnerk; she simply believes Each of these stances carries with it an associated ethic moralistic hedonistic sacrificial self sacrificial and so on So ethical crises occur continuously as the characters interact during stressful events The result is a sort of tour through the mind of Jorge Luis Borges or Henry James The reader isn't sure whom to trust with whom to empathise And I think this is precisely Tavares's point The rational ain't as rational as it's made out to be not in war not in life


  3. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewUhmIch fühle mich zweischneidig lolDisgrace It's just too terribly depressing Phrases that come to mind after having finished the book tremendously suffocating feeling of emptiness deep down inside and on and onIt's gives such an horrific view of human existence that I've finished it feeling as if someone had just punched me in the gut Intentional or not? Gonçalo what were you thinking?


  4. says:

    when the 'easy riders and raging bulls' generation was making their mark a common critiue was that the films reflected their creators lack of knowledge of the real world that the director's reference points were other films rather than real life while ford hawks and lang were out there wrasslin' horses fightin' nazis and bagging dames depalma knew life only as defined by welles hitchcock scorsese experienced reality through the prism of powellpressburger and coppola knew nothing he wasn't taught by visconti allow me to apply this critiue which i felt wildly unfair overstated and irrelevant to tavares and i suppose borges is to blameborges that gamechanging mindblowing labyrinth creating genius borges that chubby mama's boy who created entire genres predicated on the inside of a book as the totality of the universe experience be damned if one reads the sea wolf he's a seaman if he reads hard rain falling he's already had his salad tossed there are those books which have greatness flitting all around their edges but lack the real stink of human sin such is jerusalem tavares's characters are literary creations before anything else each possesses a trait an idiosyncrasy a physical deformity rough backstory mental obsession sexual proclivity etc which defines them and tavares does all he can to reinforce the idea that people are nothing beyond a few prominent characteristics for me it feels an arid investigation; a means to circumvent a truer understanding of human behavior of the human condition that said when jerusalem soars it reaches heights few books even know exist i hit jerusalem with 3 stars as i borgesically stack it against tavares's as yet unwritten books the pain suicide cannibalism molestation disease and vollmannesue theory of historical horror in jerusalem are all interesting but one can't deny the whiff of literary calculation


  5. says:

    Hinnerk lived in constant fear of his fellow men and yet how many times when he passed them on the street had people said and so casually as though reciting their address or giving directions look at that one he has the face of a killerHinnerk lowered his head so he wouldn't hearMylia Ernst Mylia Gomperz Mylia Theodor Mylia Theodor Kaas Kass Mylia Ernst Hinnerk Hinnerk Hanna Theodor Hanna Mylia Ernst Hinnerk Wanted someone no one will look at The floor doesn't move under the feet in this foot forward order of backwards slow motion running I had the feeling of reading a script with erasing words before you get to the important part where you lived There are no small parts only fodder for the everyone digs everyone's grave in a twisted version of group effort Mariel was here written in chalk on the wall instead of Mylia's hunger that reminds her she's not dead yet Don't look at Hinnerk look at the table where the prostitute Hanna has left the money on the table He could be a de facto pimp Does he feel like her pimp or is she just his means of living and don't think about it too much I liked the acknowledgement that the roles were loose in this way a don't think about it too much That was better than the character introductions before the chapter like a casting call They weren't always there sometimes there would be no name announcements at all and then it felt like just being hungry and you at least weren't dead I had less of the measured silence like a man behind the curtain maybe a Dogme '95 director maybe a Lars Von Trier in these chapters Hanna could be a night owl by proxy not sleeping Could bes instead of represent park benches for the homeless cause Hinnerk has bags under his eyes for nightmares His nightmares are the stuff of the nightmares kids have like going down a roller coaster and throwing your hands in the air for the thrill of screaming together The singer on stage says throw your hands in the air The police say put your hands in the air where I can see them The bags fill with pus to protect his scars from their permanent damage It could be post traumatic stress from war but it feels like not ripping off a band aid to me A shadow ghostly Mylia is the stand in for a schizophrenic She diagnosed herself She saw a part and said that she had what it takes to hit all of the right notes The first scene of a church after everyone has already gone to bed save for the night guard for the part because he doesn't fit snug in a bed bug becomes the scene after a lot of other scenes Walk in and walk off I have to pee RIGHT NOW pee dance to invite the it is raining guns and mayhem Mylia is waiting for her final curtain call before she goes back stage and relives the highlights of bright lights big city Follow Hanna's short skirt into a hotel room Everyone is going to their place Kaaaaaaaaas Buckbeaaaaaaaaaaaaaak on little legs to his death They say I'm a killer and I'm a gonna kill this Busbeaaaaak So goes the wisdom like corn thrown onto the ground by the farmer kills the hen peckers Deny your mother deny your son goes the circle of life song from Mylia and Kaas They took him anyway No is what Kaas says when meeting his mother for the first time upon the release from the white collar mental asylum lorded over by Gomperz and all of his lesser puppets In my mental stage the nurses are played by oompa loompas This will happen to you if You shouldn't have done this If musical chairs started up and everyone scrambled for their places would anyone know where they belonged in this book? No she is not my mother No I don't know that handsome face She looked twenty five under the street lights would Theodor say if uestioned about his latest sexual acuisition around the water coolerTheodor had this grand scheme of predicting the future man on man atrocities on a large scale by staring at photographs of the holocaust It is like staring at yourself in a mirror until your face balloons into a giant pus bag to prevent yourself from permanent scarring It was completely ridiculous this idea that the world would set to zero if all of the players walked off the set in single file like pawns off of a chess board He is surprised that the countries deemed as future victims were pissed off I would have wondered if the victims didn't get let off the hook for their own crimes because of this like Israel for decades Society loves preemptive measurements and wouldn't it be neat to marginalize someone based on what they were going to do? I can feel the collective look away pulse when I see it Why did these people pull the hoodie jacket over their own eyes? I feel societal hope slip away Theodor the great doctor WANTED it to as if he could wipe away all the chalk boards He says Speeches on a dark stage Where was the he's alive wrist touching pulse? I didn't like the stage pulling feeling of Jerusalem There wasn't gravity denying them to their fates Dehumanization eaten up in the machine It's a refusal to fill out your blood and heart beat to say look at them and not ask why YOU feel that way No I don't know them Not mine I liked what I liked until I tried to live there and couldn't The holders of the keys sing the neon colored oompa loompa Greek chorus of this is what happens when you aren't people are people What can you get out of a bunch of photographs if you want to see what it looks like when the lights are out Bodies meat suits Lights go down The sun dies The moon is hiding Open up the church and pee because you killed someone you didn't They'll watch you and you aren't a person in prison and you will like this better because you feel private as a forgotten person than you did as a non person in a mental asylum What if someone wanted to look you in the eye not scoop up your bodily profits? What then?I'm so tired so this book went threw me like a ghost that cannot touch anything


  6. says:

    gonçalo tavares may very well be in the coming months and years the world's hottest literary sensation born in 1970 the portuguese writer published his first book in 2002 and has since gone on to write well over a dozen his works have already been translated into nearly twenty five languages and he is uickly amassing uite the collection of literary awards as well he has drawn high praise from a diverse array of prominent authors including josé saramago and enriue vila matas jerusalem is the first of his books to appear in english translation within the united states some of his books can be found in english but as yet have only been published in india winner of the prestigious portugal telecom prize 2007 and the josé saramago prize 2005 jerusalem is a magnificent and powerful work of fiction slim in length yet resounding in effect jerusalem explores the interplay of a half dozen lives touched by violence madness duty control self criticism and doubt the character's lives intersect unexpectedly lending the narrative the necessary thrust to allow the reader to consider the repercussions of history and human nature on the individual with commanding prose and a thrilling plot jerusalem is an important work and perhaps an early effort from a literary master in the makingduring the ceremony bestowing the award that bears his name saramago said jerusalem is a great book and truly deserves a place among the great works of western literature gonçalo m tavares has no right to be writing so well at the age of 35 one feels like punching himother works by tavares have been highly lauded and will presumably and hopefully find their way into english translation soon amongst these are the other three books of his kingdom series which includes jerusalem um homem klaus klump klaus klump a man a máuina de joseph walser joseph walser's machine and aprender a rezar na era da técnica learning to pray in the age of technology his neighborhood series has also garnered considerable acclaim o senhor valéry o senhor henri o senhor brecht o senhor juarroz o senhor calvino o senhor kraus o senhor walser o senhor eliot o senhor breton o senhor swedenborg and o senhor salinger the neighborhood series is apparently comprised of short stories related to and inspired by the author named in the book's title if all that were not enough tavares has also written poetry and dramagonçalo tavares arguably the most prolific writer in recent memory is poised for great things no living writer has enjoyed so uick an ascendancy and it appears his imagination and talent are limitless saramago has said there is very much a before gonçalo m tavares and an after i've predicted that in thirty years' time if not before he will win the nobel prize and i'm sure my prediction will come true my only regret is that i won't be there to give him a congratulatory hug


  7. says:

    Jerusalem is a feast of ashes It is a wet repast The cracking sounds stones make when thrown into the night Jerusalem is a noir a Double Indemnity staged in a psychotic ward This is a cess pit for dreams Abandoned visions soak into one another Much like nightmares the setting is uncertain somehow fluid The witnesses bear the barks the limps the bags under the eyes the feeble cries What could possibly eclipse the spread sheet of Atrocity? Only the howls agonies and hunger of the disavowed rise to the Savior's earI appreciate the structure of the novel the feigns and asides which propel the bizarre cast forward always forward toting baggage and damage like no one's business The shifts in perspective sustain the tension Somehow that isn't the point It doesn't mater who dies or who pulled the trigueJerusalem was a well appreciated holiday gift a disturbing excursion for a winter's day


  8. says:

    Tavares is Portugal’s latest literary lion winning prestigious Portuguese awards for his bleak and poetic novels about morally complex charactersThis short book connects six or seven people—murderer schizophrenic doctor prostitute mental patient and handicapped boy—weaving their stories together through clever leaps in structure and time Each story is incredibly bleak with smouldering insights into the human mind although the fragmented narrative occasionally loses focus when Tavares expands on irrelevant details The stories are threadbare in their construction most chapters taking up one or two pages with the longer sections filled with internal detail or long winded informationThe one ‘stable’ character the doctor Theodor completes an eight volume tome on the history of human suffering—an all too apt irony given the unremitting bleakness of these stories The world is bleak the people crooks and maniacs and fate is sadistic bitch Not a Christmas stocking filler


  9. says:

    Open Letter had a chance to publish this book and didn't Totally kills me Granted we only had a sample and a desire to do some of The Neighborhood books first but still If there's a top heart wrenching moment in publishing it's when the book you put your heart into gets bitch slapped by the NY Times If there's a second worst wrenching moment of the publishing heart it's reading a book you passed on and fucking loving it This is spacial modernism at its best I'm not sure exactly what I mean by that but it seems like the most appropriate term to sum up what I thought of this book Each chapter opens with a list between one and many of characters appearing in that character Then in short direct anti poetic statements it describes the lives and movements of a strangely connected set of people who are all out on the streets between 3am and 5am on a fateful night in May Opening with the near climax the book traces its way back through the lives of these characters who include a psychologist whose father never respected him the psychologist's insane wife her son her lover a prostitute and a man with anger issues and a penchant for gunsAs the book evolves you see the characters movements almost like pieces on a chessboard as their paths cross in ways that builds a palpable sense of doom and catastrophe Anyway read 20 pages of this Maybe Dalkey has a sample somewhere? Can't seem to find one but their website makes my eyes bleed After you do you'll want to read I wish we had way back when so that I could be 5 starring one of our own publications Ah well


  10. says:

    Very good indeed Will be diving into of his work


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