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Me and Kaminski

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Publisher: Pantheon Books

3.5
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Language:English | Number of Pages: 195 | Format: Hardcover | In other languages: (other languages) German , Italian , Chi traditional , French

Isbn-10: 030737744X | Isbn-13: 9780307377449 | Publish date: 

Translator: Carol Brown Janeway

Also available as: Paperback , eBook

Category: Art, Architecture & Photography , Fiction & Literature , Humor

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Book Description
From the internationally best-selling author Daniel Kehlmann, a provocative and wickedly funny novel about two unpredictable men–one an artist and the other a journalist, who together embark on an unexpected adventure with uproarious results. <br><br>Sebastian Zollner’s failure as a journalist is matched only by his personal failures: his girlfriend is moving in a new lover before Sebastian even knows he’s been dumped. Searching for the break that will redeem him in the eyes of his peers, he heads off on a wild goose chase into the mountains to interview the eccentric, legendary painter Manuel Kaminski, with the hope of writing his biography.<br><br>Kaminski is going blind and is living in seclusion with his daughter. He could be working on his next masterpiece or easing into his final days, and his inconsistent career raises the question of whether he has been a fraud or a genius. His artistic reputation hinges on any number of factors but most prominently on a definitive biography. Enter Zollner–who has no intention of writing a puff piece. He’s out to dig dirt and to force Kaminski to confront the legacy of his work. But the secrets he uncovers will lead Kaminski, and Zollner himself, to places neither of them ever expected to go.<br><br>With edgy wit and intelligence, Daniel Kehlmann dives into the problems of what is “truth” in our celebrity-crazed times and embraces the energy and humanity that lie beneath the pretensions of the art and journalistic worlds. A firecracker of a novel.
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    「無論什麼事總會有很多種解釋,很多種版本,但最終發現事實都是最庸俗的。」
    「人總以為,他擁有自己的生活。但是突然間什麼都沒了。藝術沒有了意義,所有一切都是幻象。縱使知道是如此,還是要繼續下去。」

    人總以為,可以控制事情的發展,就算不這麼以為,也覺得自己有能力接受突發的狀況;等到遇見超乎想像的發展時,就容易整個被擊垮,一蹶不振。其實人生也不用這麼絕對;讓某些事情維持控制是必要,而某些事情就一定有風險,面對不同的事物,就要有不同的彈性。這本書不僅諷刺了盲目的野心,還有藝術界(各專門領域皆是)的狹隘,人與人之間的溝通總是有所落差,名氣也有時間性跟難以辨識性;你真正需要 ...continue

    「無論什麼事總會有很多種解釋,很多種版本,但最終發現事實都是最庸俗的。」
    「人總以為,他擁有自己的生活。但是突然間什麼都沒了。藝術沒有了意義,所有一切都是幻象。縱使知道是如此,還是要繼續下去。」

    人總以為,可以控制事情的發展,就算不這麼以為,也覺得自己有能力接受突發的狀況;等到遇見超乎想像的發展時,就容易整個被擊垮,一蹶不振。其實人生也不用這麼絕對;讓某些事情維持控制是必要,而某些事情就一定有風險,面對不同的事物,就要有不同的彈性。這本書不僅諷刺了盲目的野心,還有藝術界(各專門領域皆是)的狹隘,人與人之間的溝通總是有所落差,名氣也有時間性跟難以辨識性;你真正需要的是什麼?丟掉那些多餘的吧。

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  • 4

    挺有意思的故事
    一開始作者設定的男主角真的很討人厭
    (討厭到讓我懷疑有這麼「不懂做人道理」的記者嗎?)

    雖然故事很好萊塢電影的感覺
    但他對繪畫的知識,害我以為這世上真的有「康明斯基」這位畫家
    害我還半夜爬起床google到底有沒有康明斯基這個人......

    讀完,我想看作者的另一本大作「丈量世界」
    但,之前買的「丈量世界」消失到哪裡去了????

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  • 3

    這本書前面有點混亂,尤其是當記者訪問一些認識康明斯基的人時,會一時反應不過來又換人了。
    這個記者真的跟現在大部分人很像,自以為是、又虛榮。覺得大家目光都在他,腦袋瓜不知道在想什麼。
    自以為是的以為掌握了很多情報,結果都是做白工,因為兩個人彼此互相利用,可是誰才是最後的贏家呢?
    覺得拍成電影可能比較好,滿讓人深思的。

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  • 3

    小說主角或許會讓人厭惡,但或許是因為他太貼近你我真實的一面。我們都想成名致富,若自己無法成名,則想辦法搭上已成名的人,替他寫本自傳及回憶錄似乎是最快消費別人的方式。
    小說主角追隨這位傳奇(且古怪)畫家的最後,發現自己竟然被這位老妖精耍得團團轉,而重新檢視自己最初的意圖。整個故事很迂迴,卻也很直接,不過就是每天在你我周遭上演的故事。

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  • 3

    可以從作者的言詞看出想要批判現實社會中對於名利的過度追求

    可是個人認為記者跟康明斯基的互動有點怪

    就是感覺也沒發生甚麼事來改變兩人的關係

    最後記者就突然想開,康明斯基就突然不討厭記者了...

    有點莫名其妙的感覺

    可能是自己對於藝術領域不熟

    所以有些地方沒體悟到作者想表達的東西吧

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