A Sombra de Foucault

A Sombra de Foucault Elogiado pela cr tica e distinguido com o Dillons First Fiction Award o romance de estreia de Patricia Duncker uma hist ria de amor e de mist rio roubada aos sombrios labirintos da mem ria Um estudan

  • Title: A Sombra de Foucault
  • Author: Patricia Duncker
  • ISBN: 9726625998
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
  • Elogiado pela cr tica e distinguido com o Dillons First Fiction Award, o romance de estreia de Patricia Duncker uma hist ria de amor e de mist rio roubada aos sombrios labirintos da mem ria Um estudante de literatura ingl s resolve partir em busca de um escritor louco, iniciando uma viagem fatal que o levar de Cambridge aos pavilh es interditos de um hosp cio franc s eElogiado pela cr tica e distinguido com o Dillons First Fiction Award, o romance de estreia de Patricia Duncker uma hist ria de amor e de mist rio roubada aos sombrios labirintos da mem ria Um estudante de literatura ingl s resolve partir em busca de um escritor louco, iniciando uma viagem fatal que o levar de Cambridge aos pavilh es interditos de um hosp cio franc s e s praias do sufocante Ver o proven al Empolgante e controversa, A Sombra de Foucault explora os limites da loucura e do desejo, reafirmando o poder desse amor obscuro que une o leitor ao escritor Um livro not vel apontado ao pr prio mago do acto criativo.

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    • Patricia Duncker

      Patricia Duncker attended school in England and, after a period spent working in Germany, she read English at Newnham College, Cambridge She studied for a D.Phil in English and German Romanticism at St Hugh s College, Oxford From 1993 2002, she taught Literature at the University of Aberystwyth, and from 2002 2006, has been Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, teaching the MA in Prose Fiction In January 2007, she moved to the University of Manchester where she is Professor of Modern Literature.

    475 thoughts on “A Sombra de Foucault

    • ''The love between a writer and a reader is never celebrated. It can never be proved to exist,'' says the fictitious French author celebrated in this dodgy novel. Well, since the internet, that’s NOT TRUE ANY MORE. We rhapsodise our love for our authors till the cows come home here on GR. And way after the cows are all tucked up in bed. Two good things about this novel Practically paralysed by incipient grottiness I could hardly move all day today except to keep turning the pages & so fini [...]

    • This book took me by surprise; I really wasn't expecting much of it, how wrong I was! It is a love story, well more than one love story actually. It is also based on, wound around the philosophy of Foucault, which is not always an easy read, but there is a simplicity and directness here and complex ideas are expressed beautifully simply. There are touches of Nietzsche, Freud and I think Sartre. In fact reading it took me back to when I was 19 and read Nausea; there was a similar feel; especially [...]

    • “Even then, I saw the darkness I see now. But it was like a shadow in the corner of my eye, a sudden movement as a lizard vanishes behind the shutters. But in the last years I have felt the darkness, gaining ground, widening like a stain across the day. And I have watched the darkness coming with complete serenity. The door stands always open, to let the darkness in. Out of this knowledge too, I will make my writing. And I have nothing to fear.”- Patricia Duncker, Hallucinating FoucaultI lov [...]

    • 4.5/5But you musn't have romantic ideas about them. Murderers are ordinary people.This is another book which, had I read it a mere two to four years earlier, I would have unequivocally adored. As the Foucault of the Hallucinating Foucault intimidated me too much to pick it up till now, my less than loving rating stands. I do not regret it, as there is no guarantee that an earlier reading would have resulted in as great an understanding. While it's true that I still have no real experience with a [...]

    • The captivating title ladles servings of disappointment and hope in uneven swathes. A philosophical fiction, a novel of academia, a book on the creative mind, story of a writer. Any one of these would prove necessary for me to read immediately. It was a book of all of these but first it was a, novel. Its parts sprung from the story, shoots and growth. At times a 2 star rating at times touching a spiraling 5. I saw where it meant to arrive. Then, in advance I placed my money down on the table wi [...]

    • I wish I had read Foucault! I am sure that I would have got more out of this rich, pungent morsel of a book if I understood more about the inspiration. I feel sure that master of mindfulness Jean Michel is a Foucauldian hero, living at risk, fiercly political, passionate yet detached to the point of psychopathy, producing classical, harmonious, mysteriously civilized art. And that the nameless Germanist writing love-letters to Schiller is a Foucauldian feminist. But I am jumping to conclusions i [...]

    • I am a straight guy, and this is a gay love story. Towards the end, however, I felt like I'm tearing up, Nicholas-Sparksed, and ready to vote this dialogue as the greatest one in a gay love-themed novel of all time:"If you love someone--you know where they are and what has happened to them. And you put yourself at risk to save them if you can. If you get into trouble, I promise that I'll come to save you."It was uttered by a girl to a gay author who thought she was a boy, then fast forward many [...]

    • While not a huge fan of the ending which I found to be slightly overwrought, the rest of the book blew me out of the water, and these days, it takes a LOT for that to happen. The unnamed narrator in this story is working on his doctorate at Cambridge, studying the life of French author Paul Michel, "the wild boy of his generation." Along with his works, the narrator worked to "build" an image of his subject, a man who was, as he says "beautiful. And he was homosexual," a fact that he "insisted" [...]

    • A very well drawn, perfectly paced novel. I am reminded of Gidé's "Fruits of the Earth". (I am sure Drucker meant to refer to this.) Characters and event are believable, though I am still not sure why this is a criterion of quality for me, even when it comes to more outrageous or 'modernist' writing, eg, Gravity's Rainbow, Ulysses. (Who in the first can truly believe that a titanic adenoid might menace a city, and in the latter that Polyphemus is once more slain -albeit symbolically - in early [...]

    • Aşk ve edebiyat üzerine yazılmış en güzel şeylerden biri. Açık ara!Bu kitabın bu kadar az biliniyor olması ziyadesiyle üzücü.Tek kelimeyle muhteşem. "Birbirleriyle göz göze geldiler ve işte o an anladım ki, yirmi beş yılın ardından hâlâ sevgiliydiler; anılarına, uçurumu birleştiren güvenli, denenmiş bir halat gibi yaslanabiliyorlardı."

    • The best of Duncker. None of her later works have come close.I can't remember how I came across Hallucinating Foucault but it really got me by the throat when I first read it. It haunted me for days after and I got desperate to find other books like it. I wanted to keep the feeling alive as long as I could.I lost my copy of Foucault at some point and in my despair got another copy. So read it again. This time with thought and consentration. It is evident that Duncker has really researched her wo [...]

    • I actually read this when it first came out in 1996, picking up a copy on a trip to London mainly because the title and cover were intriguing. Although I have absolutely NO memory of that initial reading, this time around I think I was more prepared for sussing out the intricacies of the novel, and being more mature and better read myself (maybe!), appreciating Duncker's ode to the unique bonds between author and (ideal) reader. A really lovely book, that I am sure I'll probably read again, mayb [...]

    • An academic's fantasy (academic types may be more likely to like this while I don't like academia); about relationships between authors and readers. The main author in question is the gay writer Paul Michel, who is now mad with schizophrenia. A reader who is working on a thesis about his books goes to 'rescue' him from his asylum in France, partly prompted by his girlfriend. He and the intense Paul Michel develop a friendship and relationship. The Foucault the title references is based on the fa [...]

    • Read this more than 15 years ago when I borrowed it from the British Council Library in Athens. I finished it literally in one seating on my way home by bus! Can't remember much apart from the university campus background and the hint of a great love story, but I would recommend it to anyone looking for a short and lovely book.

    • Unfortunately, I feel that this short book is one that would be easily spoiled by sharing too much. The protagonist is a doctoral student who is doing a dissertation on an author, Paul Michel. Michel has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and is living is days out in an institution. To reveal more plot (in my opinion) would deprive the reader of the unfolding of the tale, but I will say a few things.First, the story starts slowly, and seems like nothing much at all in terms of a plot. But the mo [...]

    • Pastaruoju metu susiduriu su problema, kad neįsivaizduoju kiek žvaigždučių duoti perskaitytai knygai. Ši buvo įdomi, bet ne tiek įdomi, kad skaityčiau antrą kartą. Vietomis buvo sunku tikėti siužeto realistiškumu. Iš knygos neišsinešiau kažkokių minčių, pamąstymų, kažko ką norėčiau nepamiršti

    • My first encounter with this book actually happened in 2009 when I read in the local newspaper that Patricia Duncker was coming over to Malta in order to give a talk on writing and preview some of her upcoming works. Being a sucker for such things, I ordered the book and it arrived on the day of the talk. I did attend and enjoyed it, plus I got to chat to her a bit (she’s very talkative), got my copy of the book signed and it went back in the shelf for that right time.An unnamed research stude [...]

    • Perhaps I am missing some detail about Foucault's work that makes this plot very metaphorically significant or something - but this book wasn't as clever or as enjoyable as I expected it to be. Some of the characters were strong, and there were moments where I got nicely swept up by their interactions. However, I found the fiction wasn't smooth. I could feel the building blocks being stacked together and the writing felt forced. The major plot twist made me roll my eyes to the point of almost ab [...]

    • Que acontece quando um autor admira tanto um dos seus leitores que se apaixona por ele e passa a escrever apenas por causa dele e para ele? Que acontece a esse autor quando o seu leitor morre antes de tempo deixando-o à beira da loucura? E quando um jovem académico estudioso da obra do autor sem leitor que entretanto desapareceu e pode ter morrido se enamora de uma colega germanista que o incita misteriosamente a procurar o desaparecido? O encontro será explosivo e irá despertar sentimentos [...]

    • Patricia Duncker gave a talk at the Hampshire Writers' Society recently. She was extremely good and came to it from a literary angle. So often authors' talks are bogged down with the mundane, and I know life can be mundane sometimes, but we go to these talks hoping for inspiration. I got that at the talk. The book did inspire me to write another, and that really gives me a kick when I get that feeling rushing over me; like when I read Mrs Dalloway and thought wow you can really write like that? [...]

    • This is a magnificent little book that may put one in mind of Byatt's *Possession.* Tightly plotted, HF is a marvelous piece of evidence for the proposition that (a) it's still possible to create unforgettable characters and to use them to drive a plot; and (b) that there's still room for literary fiction that isn't postmodernistically compromised, jargon-filled, reader-unfriendly, or simply precious/pretentious. There's a great story here that's chock full of Duncker's own reflections on art, h [...]

    • A lovely little novel and quick read, especially if you're jonesing for reminiscing about Foucault and your own grad school experience. A nifty little plot and brisk writing, loved how very non-American it was but that the dissertation writing experience can feel the same across cultures. It has made me inspired to go back and make sure I've read everything possible of Foucault. Also happy to get glimpses of France here, as we'll be there this summer. I'll be hallucinating my own Foucault for su [...]

    • An intelligent and passionate inquiry into the relationship between the reader and the writer. On a superficial level this could easily be perceived as a rational mutually beneficial relationship. As this narrative demonstrates, it has the potential for obsession and self-destruction. Highly recommended.

    • An interesting read about the relationship between writer and reader. This also explores the different kinds of love people experience including homosexuality, as well as the treatment of mental health issues.

    • On8 yayınlarından çıkan Murat Özbank'ın çevirdiği Foucault'yu Sayıklamak kitabını basımına aldanarak "hafif" bir şeyler okumak için elime almıştım fakat öyle olmadı. Okur yazar ilişkisine dair tutkulu, tutkuyla yazılmış bir kitap. Cambridge üniversitesinde Paul Michel üzerine alışılageldik bir tez yazan isimsiz anlatıcının çalışması, hayatına giren Germanist adlı " saplantılı" bir kadın tarafından rayından çıkar ve anlatıcı kendini Fransa'da Paul M [...]

    • This is a beautifully written, short novel that explores the relationship between writer and reader, likening it in many ways to romantic, and even sexual, love. The way the plot resolves is pretty brilliant. The book falls down for me in the way it generalizes about schizophrenia, specifically from the mouth of Paul Michel's legal guardian. Granted, this is just one character's view, but the view goes *mostly* uncritiqued. In this sense, the book (written in 1996) doesn't stand up to the test o [...]

    • Doctoral StudiesI have to admit that my acquaintance with the French philosopher Michel Foucault (1926–84) is pretty minimal. Fortunately, that did not seem to matter much in reading this book, whose main focus is actually Paul Michel, a fictional French novelist and an acknowledged devotee of the older man. Michel's work is striking for its contrast between subject and style: madness, death, sexuality, and crime treated in a prose style of such refined classicism that it won him the prestigio [...]

    • Wat een werkelijk fantastisch boek!! Het gaf me een warm gevoel, ondanks het voor mij al heel snel duidelijke gebruik (misbruik?) van de student door de Germaniste, want Duncker schrijft al op p. 19: 'She was never affectionate. She never used any terms of endearment, never told me that she loved me, and never held my hand. When she took me to bed she kissed me as if there was some distance to be covered and she was intent on getting there without interference.'Ik beperk mij nu verder tot het ko [...]

    • This novel is in many ways similar to J. J. Abrams’ S (Duncker’s book came first). Both involve a literary young man and woman who bond around an author they are obsessed with, and the obsession turns into a quest. Both involve conspiracies of sorts. Both novels are focused on the role of the author in the literature he writes.The styles of the novels could not be more different. However, whereas Abrams’ approach somewhat fits the baroque character of the author’s writing, Duncker’s no [...]

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