[Epub] ❦ Siamese ➜ Stig Sæterbakken – Furosemidelasix.info

Siamese A very dark and, at times, very funny in a painful way portrait of a marriage The entire length of the book Edwin Mortens sits in a rocking chair, on self imposed lock down inside his bathroom, willing himself to die This body, he says, is a sewer He is nearly blind, but has perfect hearing Or so he says Edwin is an unreliable narrator of the highest order Well, we are fairly sure he is incontinent, paralyzed, and self centered His twin pleasures are chewing huge quantities of Orbit A very dark and, at times, very funny in a painful way portrait of a marriage The entire length of the book Edwin Mortens sits in a rocking chair, on self imposed lock down inside his bathroom, willing himself to die This body, he says, is a sewer He Exactly how black can writing get At first it seems Saeterbakken is mainly indebted to Beckett the blind old man s hopeless, self imposed situation, sitting in a chair in a bathroom for years on end while his circulation shuts down and he slowly decomposes, would not have been possible without scenes in Beckett, especially the man in The Unnamable 1953 who has been sitting so long he cannot be sure he still has legs And then it seems Saeterbakken isindebted to Thomas Bernhard, becaus Exactly how black can writing get At first it seems Saeterbakken is mainly indebted to Beckett the blind old man s hopeless, self imposed situation, sitting in a chair in a bathroom for years on end while his circulation shuts down and he slowly decomposes, would not have been possible without scenes in Beckett, especially the man in The Unnamable 1953 who has been sitting so long he cannot be s Reading Siamese Stig S Terbakken Ls17.eu A Brutally Comic Portrait Of Marriage, Taken To Extremes Reminiscent Of The Work Of Samuel Beckett And Thomas Bernhard Edwin Mortens Is Almost Blind, But Has Good Hearing His Wife Erna Is Hard Of Hearing, But Has Excellent Eyes Paralyzed From The Waist Down, Edwin Sits Locked In His Bathroom All Day, Every Day, Trying To Liberate His Mind From His Body The Experiment Is Going Relatively Well Nearly All His Bodily Functions Have Ceased, His Limbs Are In A State Of Decay, And His Digestive System Is In The Process Of Breaking Down This Body, He Says, Is A Sewer To Pass The Time, Edwin Dedicates His Days To Chewing Gum And Screaming At His Wife, On Whom He Is, Nonetheless, Entirely Dependent While Erna S Life, Despite Edwin S Constant Abuse, Revolves Around Her Hideous Husband Edwin And Erna Live In A State Of Perfect Equilibrium Fueled By Habit, Cruelty, Humiliation, And Quite Possibly Love Until A Young Maintenance Man Is Called To Replace A Lightbulb In Edwin S Bathroom, And The Siamese Twins Find Themselves Embroiled In A New And Vicious Struggle For Power. Edwin lives in his bathroom A rocking chair placed within is his world, and a nearby dresser holds his cups of flat soda and boxes of Orbit gum The floor is wrinkled with wrappers, and while he s blind, an overhead fluorescent light illuminates his miserable existence Once an exacting businessman, overseeing a convalescent home of deteriorating elderly people, he now sits in his own waste, deteriorating slowly as he chews gum and has conversations with Death Screaming at Elna, his wife, is h Edwin lives in his bathroom A rocking chair placed within is his world, and a nearby dresser holds his cups of Beautiful Bernhardian Beckettian brutality Brusque, blunt, blemished, broken, body bilious Brilliant Good review at NY Times 3 AM Is there something wrong with me I thought that, far from being a grotesque descent into the depths of human hideousness, this was a fairly touching novel about how two people, even in the absolute depths, can get along okay The invalid doesn t do anything too bad to his wife The wife doesn t do anything too bad to his husband Perhaps the obviously Beckettian set up made me expect something a bit colder perhaps the translation doesn t really do justice to Saeterbakken s prose, which seems, Is there something wrong with me I thought that, far from being a grotesque descent into the depths of human hideousness, this was a fairly touching novel about how two people, even in the absolute depths, can get along okay The in absolutely hilarious story of a long married couple, totally decrepit in body, totally scathing in mind, arguing, pissing, moaning, nitpicking, finding fault, and utterly dependent on each other shoot, they may even love each other maybe geared for baby boomers children, rather than Short, sad, ruminative Not much happens, which is fine, imo, but there are hints at plot, but nothing resolves It s a rollercoaster of a ride, the alternative viewpoints per chapter revolving around the same events is good, it s not overwrought, it doesn t hammer you over the head.I like the bleakness of In love with the idea of this novel So in love with the idea, in fact, that the novel as it was actually executed often was at war with the novel I was writing in my head as I read Do you ever do this This novel hits a sweet spot for me Edwin s self denial reminds me somewhat of Kafka s The Hunger Artist I started thinking of Edwin as the solipsism artist and initially read the novel through a very metaphysical lens I was reminded of the invalid Malone from Beckett s Malone Dies who is In love with the idea of this novel So in love with the idea, in fact, that the novel as it was actually executed often was at war with the novel I was writing in my head as I read Do you ever do this This novel hits a sweet spot for me Edwin s self denial reminds me somewhat of K Siamese scared the shit out of me It tells the story of Edwin and Erna, an elderly couple whose lives, as the titles suggests, have become so inextricably intertwined as to be inseparable Edwin is blind and Erna can t hear the two are mutually dependent on each other In alternating chapters, both characters have their say, revealing to a devastating effect the bitterness, recrimination, and misunderstanding such a conjoined life breeds Saeterbakken is one of Norway s most controversial au Siamese scared the shit out of me It tells the story of Edwin and Erna, an elderly couple whose lives, as the titles suggests, have become so inextricably intertwined as to be inseparable Edwin is blind and Erna can t hear the two are mutually dependent on each other In alternating chapters, both characters have their say, revealing to a devastating effect the bitterness, recrimination, and misunderstanding such a conjoined life breeds Saeterbakken is one of Norway s most controversial aut


About the Author: Stig Sæterbakken

Stig S terbakken was a Norwegian author He published his first book at the age of 18, a collection of poems called Floating Umbrellas, while still attending Lillehammer Senior High School In 1991, S terbakken released his first novel, Incubus, followed by The New Testament in 1993 Aestethic Bliss 1994 collected five years of work as an essayist.S terbakken returned to prose in 1997 with the n Stig S terbakken was a Norwegian author He published his first book at the age of 18, a collection of poems called Floating Umbrellas, while still attending Lillehammer Senior High School In 1991, S terbakken released his first novel, Incubus, followed by The New Testament in 1993 Aestethic Bliss 1994 collected five years of work as an essayist.S terbakken returned to prose in 1997 with the novel Siamese, which marks a significant departure in his style The following year saw the release of Self Control And in 1999, he published Sauermugg The three books, the S trilogy as they are often called were published in a collected edition in 2000.In February 2001, S terbakken s second collection of essays, The Evil Eye was released As with Aestethic Bliss this book also represents a summing up and a closing of a new phase in the authorship In many ways the essays throw light on S terbakken s own prose over the last years, the S trilogy in particular Siamese was released in Sweden by Vertigo Vertigo followed up with a translation of Sauermugg in April 2007 This edition, however, was different from the Norwegian original It included some of the later published Sauermugg monologues, together with left overs from the time the book was written, about 50 pages of new material all together The expanded edition was entitled Sauermugg Redux Siamese has since been translated into Danish, Czech and English.S terbakken s last books were the novels The Visit, Invisible Hands, and Don t Leave Me He was awarded the Osloprisen Oslo Prize in 2006 for The Visit Invisible Hands was nominated for both the P2 listener s Novel prize and Youth s Critics Prize in 2007 The same year he was awarded the Critics Prize and Bokklubbene s Translationprize for his translation of Nikanor Teratologen s Eldreomsorgen i vre K gedalen.S terbakken was artistic director of The Norwegian Festival of Literature from 2006 until October 2008, when he resigned owing to the controversy which arose when David Irving was invited to the festival in 2009.S terbakken s books were released and translated in several countries, among them Russia and US April 2009 Flamme Forlag released an essay by S terbakken, in their series of book singles, called Yes No Yes.S terbakken committed suicide on January 24, 2012, aged 46


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