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Man in the Holocene (Harvest Book) Paperback – Oct 1981

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  • Paperback: 113 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Publishers Ltd; 1st Harvest Ed edition (Oct. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156569523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156569521
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,528,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Poetry of the mind rather than the senses--sparse and austere, with every detail chosen for its resonances . . . A small book but a major achievement. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Abdul Tom on 5 May 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an extraordinary little book, examining the passage of time and sense of place as an old man is trapped in his home by torrential rain in the valleys off Ticino in the Swiss alps. His introspection grows as the his isolation goes on, and he begins to think profoundly about his own life, and also to have startling insights about the place he lives and it's power. The build up of tension and pressure as the rain continues is extraordinary, and the book is typical of Frisch in combining complex ambiguous emotion with sensitivity, humour and regret.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rtficial on 13 Oct. 1999
Format: Paperback
'Man in the Holocene' is a sensitive, understanding and humorous story about a man, Geiser, who loses his wits. The story tells us about the adventures and marvels a person encounters when the memory fails. When you find yourself in the kitchen once in a while and you cannot remember why you came there, this is a story for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Scowen on 20 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
I read Man in the Holocene as part of a university paper in European literature quite a few years ago and really enjoyed it. It didn't hurt that I had recently moved to Switzerland, where the book is based, and was able to picture the valley that the book describes.

The novel follows the meandering thoughts of an older man who is losing his mind. As he describes the flood in the valley in which he lives and how he can't get out, he also sticks notes and newspaper clippings all over his walls.

The book is paralleling the flood in the valley, his sticking memories on walls, with him losing his memory and going senile. The illustration of this is done quite well but may not be to everyone's tastes.
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By J. Turnock on 12 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
A beautifully written book which charts the frustrating and frightening decent into old age of Geiser, a retired gentleman, whilst temporarily stranded in his lonely Alpine home by torrential rain and landslides. As the landscape around him crumbles, so too do Geiser's mental and physical powers. The narrative is poignant, informative and, in places, gently humorous.

The book borders on philosophy as it juxtaposes the individual man, Geiser, with mankind in general and places them within the context of the ever-changing, yet timeless, landscape.

A lovely, thought-provoking read!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs K Sadler on 5 Sept. 2014
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No idea, was a present for someone
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