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Der tod ist ein mühseliges geschäft

Der Tod Ist Ein Mühseliges Geschäft

»Andererseits aber«, fuhr K. fort und wandte sich hierbei an alle und hätte sich darbietendes Gespräch oder Geschäft oder Vergnügen sich entgehen lassen. sagte er, mühselig schluckend, »zu meiner Beruhigung ist es notwendig. und beschleunigst so den Tod eines Mannes, auf den du angewiesen bist.

der tod ist ein mühseliges geschäft

В»Andererseits aberВ«, fuhr K. fort und wandte sich hierbei an alle und hГ¤tte sich darbietendes GesprГ¤ch oder GeschГ¤ft oder VergnГјgen sich entgehen lassen. sagte er, mГјhselig schluckend, В»zu meiner Beruhigung ist es notwendig. und beschleunigst so den Tod eines Mannes, auf den du angewiesen bist. der tod ist ein mГјhseliges geschГ¤ft When is burying a parent ever simple? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sein letzter Wunsch war es, in seinem Heimatdorf bestattet zu werden. The brutal cruelty of the violence Syria is the all too real world of this novel. But I will never know if that last wish is fulfilled. Click is see more little happiness, neither in the past or the present. Congratulate, guido baumann amusing takes hours and sometimes days to get through a checkpoint. Eine Reihe skurriler Hindernisse stehen den Reisenden im Weg: An einem von Islamisten eingerichteten Checkpoint muss source Religionsprüfung abgelegt werden.

Rezensionsnotiz zu Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Seine Geschichte dreier Geschwister auf einem Horror-Roadmovie zur Beerdigung des Vaters durch das von Checkpoints zerstückelte Land führt Bopp nicht nur die historischen Hintergründe der Katastrophe vor Augen, das gegenwärtige Leid, die Angst, die Denunziation und die daraus folgende Überanpassung.

Sie erzählt auf einer persönlichen Ebene auch von einer Familie und ihrem Unglück, Sehnsüchten, Lügen und Geheimnissen, für Bopp etwas höchst Vertrautes.

Der laut Bopp über allem schwebenden Frage der Identität im Krieg erteilt der Autor damit eine eher pessimistische Antwort, meint sie.

Rezensionsnotiz zu Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Die Willkür, Gewalt und Absurdität der Verhältnisse scheint auf, meint sie, staunend über Khalifas Fähigkeit, genaue Psychogramme seiner Figuren zu zeichnen.

Eine zwingende Lektüre, die ein versiegeltes, versehrtes Land von innen zeigt, so Schader. Rezensionsnotiz zu Süddeutsche Zeitung, Dass die Figuren in dem ersten auf Deutsch erscheinenden Roman des Syrers keine Helden sind, macht sie für Wüllenkemper erst greifbar.

Die Geschichte um drei Geschwister, die ihren toten Vater an seinen Geburtsort überführen wollen und dafür eine Reihe von Bedrohungen an Checkpoints und in Bombardements zu überstehen haben, der Bericht aus einem zerstörten Land, wirkt auf den Rezensenten weder anklagend noch sentimental, sondern nüchtern bis zum Sarkasmus.

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In real life, we don't always get closure or neat, even if ambiguous, endings to certain periods in our lives, and Bolbol is left at the end of the novel in such a way.

How the ending is handled is also another sign of Khaled Khalifa's skill as a writer because it's incredibly difficult for a writer to pull off an ambiguous ending that isn't really an ending at all, but Khalifa does it so authentically that that's exactly how it feels: authentic.

Lastly, the translation for the novel by Leri Price was superb. Sometimes I'm hesitant to read novels that have been translated from another language because so much of the original novel's meaning and language can get lost in the switch to English, but it was extremely well done.

If anything, I only wish that I were fluent in Arabic so that I could fully appreciate the novel in its original language since I'm sure English doesn't quite do it the amount of justice that would receive if I had read it in Arabic.

I have a feeling this will be a book I come back to again and again. I only wish I had the time and the words to write out just how truly powerful this book was for me.

Highly and thoroughly recommend. One of the best novels I have read this year. I only disliked the fact that the female character is not really explained throughout the book and you don't really get to know her, or only as kind of mediator between both brothers.

I wanted to read this because it is set in present day Syria. Unfortunately, the story is a little too meandering and unfocused for my tastes.

This novel, set in present day Syria, is my translated book for the month. It turned out to be another example of Death Bed Lit.

Abdel Latif, an elderly man from a village near Aleppo, lays dying in a Damascus hospital with his son Bolbol standing by.

The old man extracts from Bolbol a promise to make sure he is buried in the family plot back in their village, Anabiya. Anabiya is just a few hours drive from Damascus.

How har This novel, set in present day Syria, is my translated book for the month. How hard could it be? Bolbol contacts his older brother Hussein and his sister Fatima, convincing them to make the journey with him.

Hussein procures a small van, Fatima gathers provisions. They get the unembalmed body in the vehicle and set out.

Syria at this time is a war zone and the few hours' drive takes three days. Clogged roads, competing militias, checkpoints with long lines every few miles.

Due to the high death rate from continuous bombings, they had to take Abdel's body away from the hospital with only a death certificate and it begins to decay in the brutal heat.

Every difference, grudge and personality defect between the siblings boils up. In a mere pages, Khalifa relates the history of this family and what the war has done to them.

It is not all grim because a black humor pervades the tale giving a look into the Syrian soul and temperament.

I kept trying to imagine how it would be to travel through such trying conditions. Both novels won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature.

The author is Syrian born and lives in Damascus, refusing to abandon his country despite the dangers created by its Civil War. For that alone, I figured I could pay him the homage of reading this truly horrifying but finely written tale.

Reading this book is hard work. I never would have known this were it not for the fact of the Faulkner class I'm taking, but this book takes the idea of As I Lay Dying and adapts it to Syria, as three siblings try to take their father's body to where he wanted to be buried.

Shenanigans ensue and things get pretty bleak. There are a few other random Faulkner tributes like a corncob metaphor but I think you can know nothing at all about Faulkner and still enjoy the book.

It was on the Tournament of Books longlist so I wante I never would have known this were it not for the fact of the Faulkner class I'm taking, but this book takes the idea of As I Lay Dying and adapts it to Syria, as three siblings try to take their father's body to where he wanted to be buried.

It was on the Tournament of Books longlist so I wanted to give it a try. Translated by Leri Price from Khaled Khalifa's original, Death Is Hard Work tells the story of three siblings taking their father's body from Damascus to his home village of Anabiya, around 70km from Aleppo, to be buried alongside his sister in the ancestral plot.

A journey that would normally be routine - except Syria is suffering under a internecine civil war, and the trip involves passing through areas under the control of different factions, including the regime's brutal security forces and foreign Islamist fighters who have taken up the cause of the rebellion.

Literary comparisons in a review are typically lazy, but it is hard not to note the overlap with both Frankenstein in Baghdad , another novel set in a country riven by violence and where, as here the sight of body parts in the streets starts to become almost routine; and the Body section of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World , which involves a perilous journey to bury a corpse.

The body is Abdel Latif, born in the village of Anabiya, but who 40 years ago moved to the town of S to teach, a town where the 3 siblings were both.

Anabiya is in rebel-held territory, and S is close to Damascus, seen by the ruling party as a hotbed of insurrection, and under permanent siege for the last 3 years.

Passionately pro-revolution, Abdel Latif, stays in S, but when his health deteriorates he is smuggled out of the town by pro-rebellion troops and handed into the care of his son Bolbol in Damascus.

Abdel Latif dies and his last wish, which he commands his son to carry out, is for his body to be buried in Anabiya.

His death is also unusual, for being of natural causes: In recent months, when people died, no one bothered asking after the hows and the whys.

Bolbol summons his brother Hussein and sister Fatima, and the previously estranged siblings embark on the road trip together, a trip that in normal times might have taken hours but which takes them several days.

The brothers were two sides of the same coin: Hussein was the face of bravery and buffoonery, and Bolbol of cowardice and capitulation.

Both had lost the battle with life. As the trip progresses we get the different perspectives of all three as well as Abdel Latif's own history and that of others in the family, for example his recently widowed wife, his long-term secret love, who he married in the midst of the siege: Everything she had built was destroyed—the family, the house—the only thing she could do now was wait to die, but death remained such a distant prospect, in her mind.

She was gripped by fantasies of revenge for losses for which there was no possible restitution. After losing their compassion, a person becomes little more than another corpse abandoned by the roadside, one that should really be buried.

She knew that she was already just such a body, but she still needed to die before she could find peace under the earth. And for her, dying was the hardest work of all.

If Bolbol represents passive acquiescence to the regime, his father represents a different, perhaps over-idealistic, generation, their main focus not Syria itself, but rather the Palestinian cause.

Or maybe something about the respectable family Abdel Latif had always wanted, filled with successful, educated, socialist children working in respectable professions: Like all poor people you want your children to become doctors or engineers, but your uniqueness is a fantasy and the cost of it has buried us.

Another strong novel from the excellent shortlist of the National Book Award for Translated Literature. The meaning of everything changes: life, hope, frustration, despair.

Things lose their value, humans become killers and the killed, and time becomes ongoing, tied to a mysterious chord called the hope of survival.

Because it might be the last time that you are able to write, you do ordinary and regular things for the last time.

You drink your coffee, hold your lover, go to work, and write for the last time. View all 7 comments. I am thinking this may be one of my top ten this year and as such I want to fill the review with superlatives reflecting my enjoyment.

But one thing I noticed having finished the book, was the number of mixed and poor reviews. I am not sure whether the other reviewers and I came to the novel with different expectations, but for me the novel succeeded on multiple levels and was a five star read.

So rather than write superlatives, I will try and note a few reasons I liked the book. First, it displa I am thinking this may be one of my top ten this year and as such I want to fill the review with superlatives reflecting my enjoyment.

First, it displayed archetypal themes, and the author, "made them new. In this case the plot involves siblings honoring a father's death wish by taking his body on a journey back to his home town for burial with his sister, so the two main themes that resonate back to the epics are the caring of the dead and the journey.

I am immediately reminded of Gilgamesh and Enkidu or Achilles Hector and Patroclus in the Illiad For journey, we refer to the epics once again with the Odyssey and the Aeneid being examples.

Khalifa's treatment is wholly different and offers a unique perpective. Second, I liked the style and structure of the novel.

Khalifa used a type of understated existential prose reminiscent of Albert Camus' The Plague. I think this encourages the reader's response to be more philosophical than emotional and gets us to think on rather than react to the book, and this was a novel to be thought about after one finished.

I liked how Khalifa employed his back story through the memories of the characters in tension breaking flashbacks during the journey.

It disrupted the immediacy of the story but I think Khalifa was looking to tell a fuller story rather than just make a thriller.

It forces the reader to think. It reminded me how film noir or spy novels often used that structure and I thought of Graham Greene.

I might add that I thought the back stories were good subplots in this novel. Last, I saw the novel of a perfect example of a modern horror novel.

What made this novel so effective as a horror novel was the many levels of horror that were broached whether the visceral, atmospheric, aspect of traveling on a heavily trafficked road in bad weather while carrying a deteriorating body, or the psychological element that is displayed in each sibling's thoughts or actions, or the overall apocalyptic chaos they encounter on the trip the horror is apparent at every level.

I would like to see this filmed by a competent director. Enough babble! I think I conveyed my feelings about the novel and I hope some of you who share similar taste get to read the book.

View all 3 comments. Translated works can be cumbersome to read. The translator has a colossal job of getting ideas and thought along with words from one culture to another.

The Arabic culture is different in many ways from American culture. Yet, each sentence is complex and full of information and nuances that requires careful reading and rereading.

There is so much goi Translated works can be cumbersome to read. There is so much going on and communicated in this slip of a novel.

First, it takes place in Syria in the midst of a bloody and cruel civil war. Abdel Latif dies of old age in a hospital in Damascus.

Before he dies, he makes his youngest son promise that he will be buried in his ancestral village of Anabiya, which is a couple of hours from Damascus.

But, because Syria is under brutal warfare, and many roadblocks occur between the two places, this request is weighty.

Bolbol, the youngest son, enlists his older brother and his sister to help in the request. The horrors of the Syrian war are balanced by the absurdity of the war and of the journey.

Khalifa deftly writes scenes that turns the readers stomach and makes the reader chuckle at the same time.

Explosions, air raids, corps, decimated villages are in every page. But the siblings find problems at every roadblock. For instance, their father has an arrest warrant issued and the soldiers take the body into custody.

As the siblings journey to the village, the half day journey takes on days. Meanwhile the corpse is rotting, the stench is horrid, and it makes for sibling angst.

Now the reader learns all the familial atrocities, real or imagined, that each one carries. Khalifa uses these moments as humor fodder while the ambiance of the story is the horrific life of Syria.

Khalifa, through this family drama, makes the reader live through the moment to moment, day to day horrors.

This novel will stay with me for a long time. A father's dying wish to be buried in his home town, the promise made by a son.

Three siblings set out from the hospital in Damascus with the body of their deceased father, planning the two-hour drive to his ancestral village near Aleppo and the Turkish border.

This novella traces the lives of th "Rites and rituals meant nothing now This novella traces the lives of the 3 siblings - Bolbol, Fatima, and Hussein - their relationship with their father and previously deceased mother, and the landscape of civil war and strife in their country.

The journey of two hours extends to days as they pass through check points, detours, ghost towns, and as the corpse begins to decompose inside their van.

A story of grief and war, but also of connections, and putting past wrongs aside to come together in the moment.

Khalifa - and Price's translation of his original Arabic - flow beautifully. There are some scenes that made me pause to reread. Hisham Matar noted in his review in The Guardian that the Arabic title of this book actually translates more smoothly as 'Death is Hard Labor', drawing this link between death and life.

The circumstances are certainly very different in the novella, but this opening quote shared above rings true in our present pandemic.

This title is also available as an audiobook on hoopladigital if your public library offers that electronic service View 1 comment. I really wanted to like this novel more, but it was just unbelievably monotonous.

I'm not sure how much that might be due to the translation or my lack of knowledge regarding Syrian culture and literature, but the narrative pace was really punishingly slow.

The timeline was broken up into such small fragments, constantly jumping back and forth, that I got never really involved in the story.

Direct speech is almost completely missing and combined with the similarly paced sentences, it took all imp I really wanted to like this novel more, but it was just unbelievably monotonous.

Direct speech is almost completely missing and combined with the similarly paced sentences, it took all impetus away. I herald the author's intent to highlight the absurdity and brutality of the Syrian civil war, the destructive force it has on the individual life, but the novel's execution unfortunately prevented me from really engaging with the characters and his subject.

Wars are probably never simple affairs, but the Syrian civil war seems more complicated than most of the wars that have been in the news in the last decades.

It is a civil war, and a proxy war. This novel is set in that horribly, complicated situation. When Abdul Latif is dying of old age he makes his son Bolbol promise him that he will be buried in his hometown Anabiya.

It is an interesting premise for a novel, but I am a little unsure of what I think of the actual novel. In some sense, I find it compelling, maybe because of that, because it complicates this even further.

The view goes from character to the next constantly, and occasionally I had to backtrack when I realized that the view had been changed without me noticing.

It is an interesting view into the Syrian civil war as I said before, but it is needlessly confused by the way the narration is build up.

But what surprised me the most is that it is almost as much about failure in love as it is about the war itself.

It is sad novel, where almost no one seems to have found the right path in life. There is very little happiness, neither in the past or the present.

The only one that had found happiness for a little while is the one that is already dead. And, in fact, Death is Hard Work does share a lot of similarities with the Faulkner novel, not least of which is the surreal, almost absurdist, tone and the litany of troubles that complicate both journeys.

What sets this book apart, however, is its depiction of a country torn by civil war, and the injustices, indignities and, ultimately, the inhumanity that brings.

Recommended to anyone who wants to understand more about the Syrian conflict. Pretty stunning. Who would think simply taking a father's body to his home village should be so hard, after all - it's typically just a two-hour drive.

There is much to love here -- the sibling relationships, the political situation brilliantly portrayed through one family's "simple" task, the land of Syria itself, everything is truly beautifully portrayed.

When is burying a parent ever simple? The act could be, but the attending emotional effects not so much, and this novel is so simply complicated and intricate that it could've been easily dismissed, but not forgotten.

This book is one of the most quietly devastating things I've read in a long time. It takes place in present-day Syria and tells the story of three estranged siblings who come together to carry out their father's final wish.

He wants to be buried in the village he was born in. The two brothers and their sister load up his body into a minibus and embark on a journey from Damascus to Anabiya that should take two and a half hours.

But the journey through countless checkpoints, delays due to shelling This book is one of the most quietly devastating things I've read in a long time.

But the journey through countless checkpoints, delays due to shelling on the road ahead, and detainment by a myriad of armies from foreign countries drags the journey out over days.

And all the while, the body is decaying. The author, Khaled Khalifa, is uniquely positioned to write this novel—he lives in Damascus and has refused to leave, despite the increasing danger.

Dark, absurd, and disturbing, this novel is not an easy read, and it is one that I will not be able to soon forget.

This was gorgeous but tough to get through for the sensitive among us me. Brilliant writing. Wonderfully difficult and humane. A vivid picture of life and death in Syria, with thankfully fleshed out characters.

I know nothing of the country, but Khalifa articulates here a sharp and very harsh world with fantastic complexity and doubt, and if it's one of which I shudder to think.

Eye opening. Bolbol's father has just died in Damascus. Before he did, he made one final request of his son-he wants to be buried in the family's plot in his hometown.

It's two hours away and without thinking Bolbol agrees. It's only as he's contacting his sister, Fatima, and his brother, Hussein, that the enormity of his promise hits him.

This is Syria, a country being destroyed by its government's attacks on its own citizens. Death is Hard Work is a dark novel, not in the way of a horror film, but in the way of deadened emotion.

It's set in a country where a two-hour trip takes three days due to impassable roads, government checkpoints, snipers, the secret police, and interrogations.

The constant presence of death is enervating and Khalifa shows that with his characters, especially Bolbol. Having lived in Damascus and with no inclination to leave the city, he has no idea that the trip is virtually impossible.

But still he perseveres, gathering his sister and older brother to go with him. They agree, despite the fact that they have been estranged for the last decade and play no part in each other's lives.

Some hard-to-grasp form of family honor takes over their rational minds, but within hours the obstacles are already such that Hussein wants to leave his father's body by the side of the road.

Because, yes, they are literally transporting his body with them in a minivan, resting on blocks of ice. It feels wrong to say death is farcical but that is precisely what happens, in the most gruesome ways possible, in Death is Hard Work.

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