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Nothing forever more, or a new life of suffering? For example in a frightening and despicable body?

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As a baboon, a chicken? A powerful mafioso? His humor can be missed if not read carefully, and most of his subtle wit and absurdity is found between the lines, rather than in his plot. It details images of jail cells and interrogations, afterlife and listlessness, revolution and disillusionment, and human depravity. His style is entirely authentic, devoid of any accepted pretext in style or plot as he has created not just a narrative, but a literary atmosphere entirely from his own cosmos. Honesty is best served on a platter of bowel indigestion, irrational fear of spiders, and one horribly grotesque theater performance.

Can't we get novels about something new , like a sad, middle-class white woman who doesn't like her mother? Dec 21, jeremy rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , translation. Aug 06, J. Je demande d'abord pardon aux lecteurs francophones, car cette critique sera en anglais. To say "this is a book about death" feels trite. Most or at least many books about death focus on the emotional aftermath from the perspective of the survivors.

When the deceased's point-of-view is included, it is usually laden with pathos, looking back into the world of the quick to observe the survivors' emotional aftermath and ruminate on things left undone. Closure is usually eventually reached. Not so i Je demande d'abord pardon aux lecteurs francophones, car cette critique sera en anglais.

Not so in Bardo or Not Bardo. It is a book about death, yes. It is a book about passing on, feasibly. But like any post-exotic work, the novel is steeped in a sense of failure.

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In other works the failure might be melancholy or bitter or fatalistic, but here it is touched by the humorous. One man takes a liking to the empty space of the Bardo and decides to stay there, denying both rebirth and Nirvana. Another man doesn't realize he's dead at all and is convinced his friends have just locked him a very dark room. A woman interrupts the pre-recorded reading to one corpse when she recognizes him as her rapist and gives him bad advice instead, hoping to torture him in the afterlife.

Though humor pervades the book, it is certainly not the only emotion conveyed. It's hard not to feel bad for Bogdan Schlumm when no one shows up to the plays he puts on, the ending to the chapter entitled "Dadokian" could be called nothing short of horrifying, and the final chapter, "Au Bar du Bardo", is really quite touching.

Even when Volodine's characters are patently inhuman, their humanity is palpable.

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I think that's a good thing to say about this book. The characters' humanity is palpable. Nothing works out right for them. It's both comic and tragic. Absurd in the Kierkegaardian or Camusian sense. The lamas have absurd faith in an afterlife that through the narrative seems not to exist. The dead are absurd in their stubborn passions and refusal, either ignorant or conscious, to go along with the prescribed post-mortem rules.

This book is absurd and lovely. I can imagine it being whispered and passed around by the post-exotic authors in their eternal prison, comforting them as they die. Oct 27, Annie rated it did not like it.

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The summary on Goodreads makes sense: seven chapters show seven different characters many of them named Schlumm fail to achieve enlightenment while traveling through bardo and end up being reincarnated back on earth. There were some parts that made me chuckle, but mostly this book just bewildered me. Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. May 31, Domitori rated it it was amazing. My faith in Volodine is restored - after somewhat disappointing "Post-Exoticism in Ten Lessons, Lesson Eleven" a novel that theorized itself into insubstantiality. May 19, Judy added it Shelves: short-story-collections.

I'm not going to rate this book because it just wasn't for me. The references to the Tibetan Book of the Dead and the Buddhist funeral practices were interesting, but the stories just seemed absurd and beyond me as far as "getting" them. I read them all, and none of them clicked. Apr 27, Karina rated it really liked it Shelves: francais , lost-in-translation , reviewed , obscure , anti-brexit This is the strange void where the 7 connected stories in this book take place. There are several things that attracted me to this book 1.

Its brevity. It's French. I've never encountered a book by this author translated into English 4. The cover is cool 5.


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It contains words such as vaticination fuliginous Pulverulent tegenaria carceral Highly entertaining surreal hilarious in places and a book I shall definitely read again. Recommended to all other fans of short books translated from French into English with cool covers. A perfect antidote to those yawn best sellers. Apr 07, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: read This guy, this Volodine.

It's quite a run, or anyway seems to be from the English-speaker POV. I haven't really dug in to see whether these are being released in anything like the order AV wrote them. This one felt like it might not quite pack the punch. Still good, still funny and strange. But somehow it wasn't quite pushing the same buttons in quite the same perfect way.

Then, somewhere around the end of the 4th story, when you started to realize just like in the middle of We Monks and Soldier This guy, this Volodine. Jul 28, Ned Frederick rated it did not like it. Few Buddhists would object to any good-hearted challenge to the Dharma. Even as esoteric yet revered a text as the Bardo Thidol, would be expected to hold its own in debate, or, to embrace a challenge. But this book just seems to me to be a thinly-veiled attempt to ridicule an ancient revered text and the practicing Buddhists who carry on the traditions associated with easing passage through the Bardo.

It was inventive and funny in spots, especially in the first story, and accurate, again, in sp Few Buddhists would object to any good-hearted challenge to the Dharma. It was inventive and funny in spots, especially in the first story, and accurate, again, in spots, in its depiction of what some Tibetan Buddhists might believe about the Bardo. But I didn't feel any new insights were gained by the authors disrespectful depictions.

I expected to be enlightened and entertained, but ended up just being annoyed. Sep 29, Andy rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , library , requested-received , translation. Nov 26, Rob rated it it was amazing. Log In. Toggle navigation MENU. Email Address. Review Posted Online: Jan.

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