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Gabriel Josipovici

Forfatter af The Book of God: A Response to the Bible

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Gabriel Josipovici is Research Professor in the Graduate School of Humanities at the University of Sussex.

Værker af Gabriel Josipovici

Goldberg: Variations (2002) 112 eksemplarer
What Ever Happened to Modernism? (2010) 110 eksemplarer
The Cemetery in Barnes (2018) 52 eksemplarer
Everything Passes (2006) 50 eksemplarer
Moo Pak (1994) 48 eksemplarer
Infinity: The Story of a Moment (2012) 46 eksemplarer
Hotel Andromeda (2014) 31 eksemplarer
In a Hotel Garden (1993) 31 eksemplarer
Touch (1996) 31 eksemplarer
Heart's Wings: & Other Stories (2010) 25 eksemplarer
Writing and the Body (1982) 25 eksemplarer
Only Joking (2005) 22 eksemplarer
Hamlet: Fold on Fold (2016) 21 eksemplarer
The Lessons of Modernism (1977) 12 eksemplarer
A Life (2001) 12 eksemplarer
Text and Voice: Essays 1981-1991 (1992) 11 eksemplarer
Now (1998) 10 eksemplarer
Forgetting (2020) 10 eksemplarer
Conversations in Another Room (1984) 9 eksemplarer
The Inventory (1968) 9 eksemplarer
100 Days (2021) 8 eksemplarer
In the Fertile Land (1987) 5 eksemplarer
The echo chamber (1980) 4 eksemplarer
The Big Glass (1991) 4 eksemplarer
Steps: Selected Fiction and Drama (1990) 4 eksemplarer
Words (1971) 3 eksemplarer
Four Stories (1977) 3 eksemplarer
Migrations (1977) 2 eksemplarer
Era una broma (2014) 1 eksemplar
Virgil Dying (1981) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Complete Stories (1971) — Oversætter, nogle udgaver5,714 eksemplarer
Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable (1951) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver3,006 eksemplarer
The Literary Guide to the Bible (1987) — Bidragyder — 723 eksemplarer
The Mandelbaum Gate (1965) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver511 eksemplarer
Collected Stories (Everyman's Library) (1993) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver365 eksemplarer
Ovid Metamorphosed (2000) — Bidragyder — 64 eksemplarer
Chaucer (Blackwell Guides to Criticism) (2001) — Bidragyder — 16 eksemplarer
Penguin Modern Stories 12 (1972) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer

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This short book tells a story without a plot, and yet it entices. Josipovici’s storytelling style is not spectacular; he uses an almost careless, gently rippling tone, and many repetitive elements, but offering a richness that arises from an ingenious play of appearance and reality.
The unnamed narrator is a professional translator, a seemingly phlegmatic man with no remarkable personality, but one obsessed with the tragic verses of Monteverdi's Orfeo and the languorous poetry of Joachim du Bellay. He has settled into a sluggish bourgeois existence, with a lot of attention for the good things in life, but clearly also on the verge of depression or even over it. He is still obsessed with his late first wife, who was everything to him, but who he constantly shadowed when she returned from work and who he did not try to save when she fell into the Thames. And the marriage to his second wife seems perfectly harmonious, but their seemingly polite bickering reveals a yawning chasm between the two.
In other words, Josipovici presents an intriguing game of contradictions, in which he regularly casts doubt on the truthfulness of the above-mentioned elements and refers to the possibility of imaginary lives. He reinforces this by constantly jumping through time and place. Almost imperceptibly, we pass from the protagonist's life with his second wife in a farmhouse in Wales, to his first marriage and residence in London, to his lonely existence in Paris after the death of his first wife. This play with time and place constantly unbalances the reader. On top of that the author regularly repeats the same events and actions, but each time with small variations and an occasional sinister accent, in which death constantly comes into play. Also the male protagonist himself, almost carelessly, introduces these small variations in his story, by regularly repeating the original texts of Monteverdi and du Bellay, but each time translating them slightly differently, shifting the meaning of the verses. In this way, Josipovici seems to ingeniously link modernism and postmodernism, confusing his reader, while at the same time addressing a very rich palette of existential themes. It was my first acquaintance with this author, but it certainly won't be my last.
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bookomaniac | Oct 6, 2020 |
I find it incumbent upon me to change 3 stars to 5 stars and to write an entirely different review in addition to the flippancy of below.

“Non sminuite il senso di ciò che non comprendete.”
G. Scelsi, Octologo

"Do not belittle the meaning of what you do not understand."
G. Scelsi, Octologo



I cannot help feeling there is a message here for both rel="nofollow" target="_top">MJ and me. My post on this last week was not only flippant, but premature.

The rest of this straight review is here:

https://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/another-take-on-infinity-...

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It may be 2075. Rumours about MJ are rife. One has it that he is dead. Another that he has simply tired of the world and sits alone in a castle somewhere writing reviews he shows no one. And yet another that none of this is more than an experimental work in which he has given his characters the illusion of choice. In this one, we are not the future but the present set in a futuristic context of false consciousness. We are no more than a literary trick.

X, a journalist, or somebody who believes he is a journalist, interviews MJ’s old servant. Or not.

– He liked Josipovici?

– Yes, sir, he did.

– The books? He talked of them?

– All the time, sir.

– Give me an example.

– Well, sir. He liked to sit in Peter’s Yard, he could sit for long periods sipping a cup of tea and eating a rock of a scone crumb by crumb. It was cheaper than paying for heating and so forth at home.

– The Scottish mentality then?

– I suppose you could say that, yes.

– He paid for you too?

– I paid for myself. Out of the wages he said he would pay me.

– Give me an example of his talking about Josipovici.

Rest is here:

https://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpress.com/2015/11/06/infinity-the-story-of-a-m...… (mere)
 
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bringbackbooks | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jun 16, 2020 |
I find it incumbent upon me to change 3 stars to 5 stars and to write an entirely different review in addition to the flippancy of below.

“Non sminuite il senso di ciò che non comprendete.”
G. Scelsi, Octologo

"Do not belittle the meaning of what you do not understand."
G. Scelsi, Octologo



I cannot help feeling there is a message here for both rel="nofollow" target="_top">MJ and me. My post on this last week was not only flippant, but premature.

The rest of this straight review is here:

https://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/another-take-on-infinity-...

-----------------

It may be 2075. Rumours about MJ are rife. One has it that he is dead. Another that he has simply tired of the world and sits alone in a castle somewhere writing reviews he shows no one. And yet another that none of this is more than an experimental work in which he has given his characters the illusion of choice. In this one, we are not the future but the present set in a futuristic context of false consciousness. We are no more than a literary trick.

X, a journalist, or somebody who believes he is a journalist, interviews MJ’s old servant. Or not.

– He liked Josipovici?

– Yes, sir, he did.

– The books? He talked of them?

– All the time, sir.

– Give me an example.

– Well, sir. He liked to sit in Peter’s Yard, he could sit for long periods sipping a cup of tea and eating a rock of a scone crumb by crumb. It was cheaper than paying for heating and so forth at home.

– The Scottish mentality then?

– I suppose you could say that, yes.

– He paid for you too?

– I paid for myself. Out of the wages he said he would pay me.

– Give me an example of his talking about Josipovici.

Rest is here:

https://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpress.com/2015/11/06/infinity-the-story-of-a-m...… (mere)
 
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bringbackbooks | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jun 16, 2020 |
Bible as Literature; stories analyszed as myth
 
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