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by M. Bullock,Max Frisch

  • ISBN: 0413501108
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: M. Bullock,Max Frisch
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Other formats: azw lit mobi rtf
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd (July 1982)
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • FB2 size: 1729 kb
  • EPUB size: 1232 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 589
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Michael Bullock, himself a novelist and poet, was for many years the official translator of Max Frisch. I'm Not Stiller was definitely a very interesting tale. The only real complaint I have about it is that our narrator tends to tell side stories that feel unnecessary to the plot at times.

Michael Bullock, himself a novelist and poet, was for many years the official translator of Max Frisch. His translations of books and plays from French and German now number close to 200 and have received many awards. I was expecting the story to be more about whether or not Mr. White is Stiller and where Stiller is, but a vast majority of the plot was spent analyzing this Stiller character.

I'm not Stiller/Max Frisch; translated by Michael Bullock. p cm-(A Harvest book). PT2611 R814S718 1994. 833' 912-dc20 94-4524. Printed in the United States of America. I'M not Stiller!-Day after day, ever since I was put into this prison, which I shall describe in a minute, I have been saying it, swearing it, asking for whisky, and refusing to make any other statement. For experience has taught me that without whisky I'm not myself, I'm open to all sorts of good influences and liable to play the part they want me to play, although it's not me at all.

Max Frisch, Michael Bullock (Translator) Stiller I'm Not Stiller, Max Frisch I'm Not Stiller is a novel by Swiss author Max Frisch, which was published in 1954

Max Frisch, Michael Bullock (Translator). Max Frisch’s I’m Not Stiller begins with the protagonist’s (White/Stiller’s) declaration that he is not Stiller. Then to prove his point, he begins confessing to unsolved murders. He is not trying to escape justice or take the blame for someone else’s crimes; he is trying to escape his former self. Stiller I'm Not Stiller, Max Frisch I'm Not Stiller is a novel by Swiss author Max Frisch, which was published in 1954. The theme of the novel, the question of identity, is a recurring theme in the work of Frisch.

Translated by Michael Bullock. Max Frisch was born in Switzerland in 1911. Frisch is most famous for writing the novel I'm Not Stiller and the play The Firebugs. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book. He attended the University of Zurich and spent six years in the Swiss Army. He also worked as a freelance writer and an architect. Both works explore one of Frisch's major themes: the problematic nature of living life without a true understanding of one's identity. Many of his works feature explore this theme, including the plays The Chinese Wall, Andorra: A Play in Twelve Scenes, and Don Juan; or the Love of Geometry.

The unabridged version of a haunting story of a man in prison. His wife, brother, and mistress recognize him and call him by his name, Anatol Ludwig Stiller. But he rejects them, repeatedly insisting that he's not Stiller. Could he possibly be right-or is he deliberately trying to shake off his old identity and assume a new one? Translated by Michael Bullock. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

I'm Not Stiller (German title: Stiller) is a novel by Swiss author Max Frisch, which was published in 1954. The narrator, travelling on an American passport in the name of James Larkin White, is arrested on arrival in Switzerland. He is accused of being the missing Swiss sculptor Anatol Ludwig Stiller, an accusation which White persistently denies.

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They are trifles and the terrible thing is that you don't defend yourself against trifles d, 'This way please, Herr.

They are trifles and the terrible thing is that you don't defend yourself against trifles d, 'This way please, Herr Stiller. Was I to bawl at her in front of all the other patients? She couldn't help it, this nice little person-I was booked as Herr Stiller. So I followed her without a murmur. I owe all this to my defence counsel.

By (author) Max Frisch, Translated by M. Bullock. AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Stiller (1954, I'm Not Stiller). Recipients of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. Mein Name sei Gantenbein (1964, A Wilderness of Mirrors 1982, Gantenbein). Schiller Memorial Prize winners. Georg Büchner Prize winners. Источник: Max Frisch. См. также в других словарях: Stiller - Still Still, a. [Compar.


Reviews about I'm Not Stiller (7):
Shaktiktilar
I'm Not Stiller was definitely a very interesting tale. The only real complaint I have about it is that our narrator tends to tell side stories that feel unnecessary to the plot at times. I was expecting the story to be more about whether or not Mr. White is Stiller and where Stiller is, but a vast majority of the plot was spent analyzing this Stiller character.
MrDog
I purchased this book based on a review on NPR and before reading it suggested it as our next bookclub book. Well! It led to a lot of interesting discussions, but only two in the group actually finished reading the book. It is convoluted, and multi-leveled. Not a light read by any means. Having said that, a year later the story stays with me, and I still think about the characters. I'm not sure I fully understand it, but I am glad I read and finished it.
Gardataur
Enjoyed the book!
Coron
It's a classic and Frisch is a master. It's all about options, possibilities, alternate lives ... Not exactly light reading but still a page-turner.
Chilele
Not the edition I thought I was paying for, sadly.
Welahza
I loved Homo Faber. but I did't like this one. Actually I stopped reading after 100 pages or less
Coidor
It's the story of people searching for identity, love, purpose and meaning amidst the puzzle of being human. It's a Swiss Classic apparently, but it is an odd book.
A man believed to be Stiller is in a Swiss prison for vague reason unknown to the reader at first. He has returned to Switzerland after an absence of nine years. He says he’s an American and has a passport to prove it. But his wife, brother and mistress all call him Stiller to his face. The police say the passport is fake. Yet he insists he’s not Stiller.

The book is structured as seven notebooks Stiller wrote in prison and a summary report from the public prosecutor (who happens to be a friend of Stiller and the husband of one of his mistresses – this happens in small countries!)

The notebooks also contain elaborate descriptions and stories from Mexico; cowboys discovering and exploring a cave; Rip Van Winkle; Zurich, California docks, and a nature trip. These are reminiscences of his trips during his years away although it’s not clear to me how they tie into the main story. He even claims to have murdered people. And, as Stiller himself asks, what’s the point of telling all these stories? “It doesn’t mean you’ve been there.”

So it’s a book about identity and self-acceptance. “Know thyself” is only good for starters. Suppose you get to know yourself and you don’t like what you find? After all, Stiller is a kind of crazy alcoholic artist (sculptor) striving for great awards and shows but not making it. He feels he was a coward in the Spanish Civil War because he couldn’t do his duty (even though that would have meant shooting unarmed men he was supposed to be guarding when they escaped). When he leaves Switzerland, thinking he is running off with his latest lover, he abandons his wife in a TB sanitarium.

In the report from the prosecutor speaking to Stiller at the end of the book, we get a summary of some of these ideas: People ruin their lives by making excessive demands on themselves. Consciousness has evolved more than emotions; hence a discrepancy between intellect and emotions. You lose contact with your personality. A sarcastic attitude toward emotion is a symptom of this. You can’t love your neighbor until you love yourself; that self-acceptance is the hardest. Self-acceptance does not automatically come with age.

After self-acceptance, can the great would-be artist truly find happiness selling ceramic pots to American tourists?

By the way, the Swiss prison is a country club by American standards. Stiller’s meals are served by his jailer who also cleans his cell. He gets out to go to lunch with his wife or friends once a week. Despite this good treatment (or maybe because of it?) Stiller never misses an opportunity to run down the Swiss for their smugness and good fortune … "so clean one can hardly breathe for hygiene." For whatever reason, Stiller reflects the author’s attitude toward his native country as you can read in the entry on Frisch in Wikipedia – he wouldn’t even live there.

Some passages I liked:

“That was quite right, just as everything my counsel says is right in a way that never convinces me and yet always puts me in the wrong.”

At that time Julika had a dog, a fox terrier, of the sort that goes with childless couples.

Nobody likes visiting a married couple in a state of crisis, it’s in the air, even if you know nothing about it, and the visitor has the feeling of being present at an armistice, he feels himself somehow misused, employed for a purpose; conversation becomes dangerous…

A work of great literary value and a pretty good story; a little slow in places.

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