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Dies wird sicher nicht das letzte Buch bleiben, das ich von dieser Schriftstellerin lese. Die Geschichte ist relativ simpel mit sehr wenigen Protagonisten strukturiert. Am meisten zu denken gab der Mund: Kennt Ihr den Film “Das Duell” von Stephen Spielberg genauso ist die Stimmung und der Plot – sehr minimalistisch inszeniert – aber es tut sich wahnsinnig viel von der tiefenpsychologischen Seite her.

View all 3 comments. View all 5 comments. They have a burning need for solitude, to become true free spirits liberated from “what men have made of life. But then comes a knock at the door.

Les Catilinaires by Amélie Nothomb

Soon their Garden-of-Eden getaway is interrupted by a visit from their neighbor, Palamedes Lws. At first, Emile and Juliette are delighted. Bernardin is a retired cardiologist how convenient to have a doctor living so close!

Better yet, he isn’t a nosy chatterbox, as they feared. But the man’s behavior quickly takes a turn: The Hazels are baffled though still amused after this first fairly innocuous visit.

He stays exactly two hours and leaves without ceremony. Emile and Juliette laugh it off—easy cruelties: Bernardin visits the next day, and the day after that, in succession, when it looks like the visits will never cease, a low-grade paranoia and anxiety begins to settle on them.

By the middle act, we meet Mr. In an effort to fill the void of a conversation, Emile blurts out an absurd dinner invitation. He is morbidly curious. He wants to know who would marry such a man. When they meet Bernadette, Emile and Juliette are shocked. Nothomb’s descriptions of Bernadette are grotesque: She repulses the couple but also elicits their pity and sympathy. Juliette eventually makes it a personal crusade to ‘save’ Bernadette from what she sees as Mr.

Bernardin’s cruelties and oppressions. The book darkens in tone with every turn of the page, like a stain that deepens on white carpet. The Hazels’ sense of social obligation prevents them from saying what they mean. Soon their need to understand their neighbor, to understand why he acts the way he does, to ascribe some logical motive to his actions—gets turned inward.


Bernardin becomes a psychological foil to Emile’s own buried anxieties and fears. In fact, it reminded me of a psychiatrist and patient relationship, albeit inverted and corrupted.

Emile is enraged by the intrusions, which evolve slowly in the book from being a nuisance to daily tortures.

He can’t sleep at night. He starts to babble and drone, just to fill the silences. He becomes so obsessed with the visits he is helpless to prevent them. With wicked glee, Nothomb inserts small pinpricks into her characters.

Nothing you can see or feel at first, but eventually it does serious damage. The Stranger Next Door is a dark, absurdist comedy with existential edges that only novelists writing in French seem capable of pulling off. It is also a novel about change and transformation: Nothomb captures this idea well when Emile starts musing about good and evil as different states of matter: Like gold, good is never found in a pure state in nature: It has the unfortunate tendency not to act; it prefers, passively, to be seen.

Evil on the other hand, is like a gas: It’s most often stagnant, disbursed in a suffocating sheet; initially this aspect seems inoffensive, but then suddenly you see it at work and you realize the ground it has won, the tasks it has accomplished.

And by then it’s all over; gas cannot be expelled. Well, gases expand; they are elastic and can be compressed; and they have weight. The Stranger Next Door is one part laughing gas, two parts gas chamber.

It’s a novel about a man’s downward spiral to self-destruction. One criticism I have, though, is that you can guess the ending of the book fairly easily, but I suppose mystery isn’t the point. In a kind of pathological reversal, Emile is driven to murder, a murder that he sees as an act of mercy. Then this impenetrable, impassive presence makes him reflect and think otherwise.

It becomes a kind of violation from which he never recovers. These are just one of the many dark ‘truths’ that Nothcomb explores in this short but explosive book. Nicht das Beste von ihr in meinen Augen. Konnte mir leider nichts geben. Apr 01, Sonya Serial Reader rated it liked it Shelves: Jun 13, Tessa rated it liked it. More than anything this book is about pleasure. What makes us happy and what gives us pleasure? Are the 2 the same? Or can we have one without the other? Emile and Juliette found the perfect home for their retirement.


Everything seems to go perfect until their sanctum is bothered by their neighbour, Bernardin. Incredibly fat and rude, he tortures them 2 hours each day by coming to their house and sitting them without saying anything.

Just looking uncomfortable and making the old couple feel the s More than anything this book is about pleasure.

Just looking uncomfortable and making the old couple feel the same way. The rules of politeness and social conduct make it fatilinaires for them to get rid of him, but when they finally do his horrible presence still lingers in the air next door.

Bernardin is a person who finds pleasure in nothing: Will they manage to escape his curse? A catilinaired ingenious way of showing misery as a skillful weapon against other’s happiness. It was a thrilling read: This is the 8th novel of Nothomb’s I’ve read.

Les catilinaires

I’ve typically enjoyed her semi-autobiographical works catilinaiires than just her stories, but this was definitely an exception. The story was amazing. It was short like everything I’ve read by her with very little background, consisting mainly of dialogue between a husband and wife, but I couldn’t wait to finish it. Her des This is the 8th novel of Nothomb’s I’ve read.

Her descriptions, as always, range from profound to comical in this simple story. The basic premise is that we can never really know ourselves, and for anyone like me that’s datilinaires ruminated on the subject, it definitely rings true.

It only consists of 4 main characters, but each of them comes to life through her writing, all of them completely engrossing in their own catilinairfs. The only way I could’ve liked this book more is if it was slightly longer, as I enjoyed it so much and read through the entirety of it so quickly. I can’t wait to get my hands on more of cafilinaires writing! Sempre se di giudizio possiamo parlare. Arrivati all’ultimo carattere stampato dell’ultima pagina, si viene colti da un senso di presenza onirica.

Leggero sia fisicamente che emotivamente mentre lo si legge, pesa come un macigno una volta terminato. Un romanzo che mette al centro l’uomo, in continuo mutamento con l’ambiente e con le persone di cui si circonda. Uno dei migliori romanzi della scrittrice, a mio parere. Die “Wenn man bedachte, dass die Sinne die Pforten der Intelligenz, der Seele und des Herzens sind, was blieb ls dann noch?