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Kudos

Faye ist Schriftstellerin und unterwegs, ihren neuen Roman vorzustellen. Für sie scheint diese Reise lebensentscheidend. Nicht nur hofft sie, endlich die ihr gebührende öffentliche Anerkennung zu finden, sie sucht vor allem Abstand zu einer privaten Katastrophe. Sie begegnet Kollegen, die sich um Kopf und Kragen reden, sie bestreitet Bühnengespräche, in denen man ihr nicht zuhört und sie gibt Interviews, ohne wirklich selbst zu Wort zu kommen. Doch je mehr sie sich auf die anderen einlässt, umso deutlicher wird Faye, was jenseits all der Geschichten und Fiktionen liegt, mit denen die Menschen sich fast obsessiv wappnen. Die Konsequenz, die Faye für sich daraus zieht, ist einleuchtend - führt sie aber geradewegs zurück in die Bodenlosigkeit ihrer persönlichen Situation.

Was verbergen wir, indem wir uns zeigen? Und warum wissen wir am wenigsten über das, was uns am meisten bewegt? Rachel Cusk ist "eine originäre, eine geradezu philosophische Schriftstellerin." ( taz ) und Kudos ein lebenskluger, beziehungsreicher Roman, erzählt mit schlichter Eleganz und häretischem Witz.
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Cusk is intimately concerned with the architecture of women's lives, the institutions and expectations - marriage, motherhood, loyalty - that continue to shape everyday experiences ... [These three books] stand as a landmark in 21st-century English literature, the culmination of an artist's unshakable efforts to forge her own path. Andrew Anthony Observer
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Cusk, Rachel
Rachel Cusk was born in 1967 and is the author of eight novels: Saving Agnes, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award, The Temporary, The Country Life, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, The Lucky Ones, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award, In the Fold, Arlington Park, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, The Bradshaw Variations and Outline. Her non-fiction books are A Life's Work, The Last Supper and Aftermath. In 2003 she was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young Novelists.
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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 240
Erscheinungsdatum 03.05.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-571-34664-6
Verlag Faber & Faber
Maße (L/B/H) 22,3/14,4/2,7 cm
Gewicht 366 g
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Kudos
von Miss.mesmerized am 03.06.2018
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Faye, a British writer, is on her way to a book conference somewhere in southern Europe. She is expected to give several interviews and to take part in social events. The people she meets all have a story to tell ? and they do. Faye herself hardly ever talks,... Faye, a British writer, is on her way to a book conference somewhere in southern Europe. She is expected to give several interviews and to take part in social events. The people she meets all have a story to tell ? and they do. Faye herself hardly ever talks, especially not about herself, she somehow makes people around her open up and share their thoughts with her. First, it?s the passenger seated next to her in the plane leaving London. Later she meets interviewers who much rather talk about themselves than about their interviewee, her publisher shares her thoughts on the book market and fellow authors who want to convey a certain image of themselves. ?Kudos? is certainly a very special novel. I do not think I have ever read a book in which a first person narrator tells a story and at the end you ask yourself if you got only the slightest idea of the narrator herself. Faye hardly reveals anything, even though she is interviewed over and over again, we only know about a divorce and a son and the fact that she?s a writer ? we do not even know what her current is actually about. Yet, I think Faye might have another function that providing a clear picture about herself. She is more like a canvas, she motivates other characters to paint themselves on her, she is their means for expression. This goes quite well with the title ?Kudos?, praise for exceptional achievement or fame, especially in the arts. However, what has Faye done? We know nothing of her own achievement, she is well known for sure, but what exactly for remains in the dark. What we know is that her private life has not been that successful, the separation of her partner and a son who prefers to stay much rather with the father than with her. Only once, at the very end of the novel, is she in contact with him, but only because he cannot get in touch with his father and needs an adult to share his nightly disaster with. The things the characters share with Faye vary from professional fulfilment and familial shortcomings, over feminism to literature and its quality. Yet, their opinions are neither discussed not questioned, they are just statements that you can ponder. I do not really know what to make of this, I like characters sharing strong opinions on something and thinking about it, but I also appreciate if an author provides a kind of objection or agreement. ?Kudos? is the concluding novel of Cusk?s trilogy which started with ?Outline? in 2015 and continued 2016 with ?Transit?. I haven?t read the previous ones thus I do not know if we get a better idea of her protagonist through them. However, I didn?t feel like having had to read them to enjoy ?Kudos?. The novel is remarkable in several ways, it reveals a lot about human nature and in particular human narcissism. The words are carefully chosen and the sentences wisely constructed, the language is simply beautiful. All in all, an outstanding piece of art. Kudos for that.