EmberOctober 2016 issue of World Literature Today magazine Read the full review by visiting our website Please check out all of my reviews at Hintermeier s lamentations are endless as he takes us on a ourney in this novel Not only is his failing and his career faltering he is also undergoing existential crisis due to the melting of the polar ice caps Zeno is a geologist and he has been watching the progress of global warming throughout his lifetime Now as a scientist working as a tour guide on a cruise ship he has a front row seat to the potential end of the worldOverualified for his ob as tour guide Zeno feels superior to his coworkers and especially to the guests on the ship As they traverse the Antarctic he finds new and powerful ways to convey the rapid loss of the glaciers desperate to make the tourists take this tragedy seriously The tourists meanwhile are interested in taking selfies with penguins and gorging themselves on cruise ship buffet dinners In his desperation Zeno creates an extreme wake up call for the effects of global warming and it almost ends in tragedy In his sixties Zeno is in the process of looking back at his life and lamenting all he has lost With the end of his marriage he has taken a lover on the cruise ship but he doesn t see her as an eual in passion and intelligence His career has become irrelevant and his behavior is increasingly erratic The melting of the ice caps pushes him over the edge bringing back memories of a colder idealized past The novel becomes complex as Zeno s inner world begins to unravelZeno s personal issues are a small scale view of what can be lost in a lifetime The larger
issue of global warming then becomes a haunting view of our of global warming then becomes a haunting view of our existence as a species and the potential for an end to the world we know Zeno recognizes the fragility of the glaciers and how we don t appreciate them until they are almost gone much like other aspects of his personal life This novel brings humanity to the struggle to preserve the natural world It is a small book but it is packed with ideas that must be understood slowly and deeply I received this novel from Verso Books in exchange for an honest review Zeno is a aded disillusioned and angry glaciologist who knows that the ice cap is melting and is distraught at the destruction of the environment he so much loves He works as a tour guide on an Atlantic cruise ship where he has to contend with the ignorance and superficiality of the guests The reader enters into Zeno s thought processes and this doesn t always make for easy reading This is a novel that demands the reader s concentration but then the destruction of our environment is indeed a serious subject and so deserves our concentration In some ways the book is a polemic about global warming and climate change but it s also an insightful and thoughtful exploration of one man s reaction to impending disaster The descriptions are vivid and evocative and we get to know Zeno in all his world weariness Well crafted and well paced this is a novel that makes the reader think and brings an important issue to life in a lively and intelligent way Zeno has an environmental problem He cares too much about it His ex wife told him this his intensity of feeling and enthusiasm came across as anger and shoutingZeno is a German scientist who did his doctoral work studying a glacier in the Alps He fell in love with his glacier and with ice Now 40 years later he never visits it All that is left of the majestic glacier are scattered chunks of ice the size of desks Now Zeno gives lectures on an Antarctic cruise ship and leads walking tours to see the penguins He knows his scientific stuff but he s such a downer about the calamity that is occurring that he has to be told to lighten up We actually get very little science ust his observations He holds the tourists in a kind of contempt They re ov. La ue sienta la tragedia del planeta de forma tan intensa como él; guías periodistas y pasajeros consiguen dormir sin pesadillas y volverán a su rutina tras la travesía Tal vez sea necesaria una acción más radic. .
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A great short novel that manages to bring together themes of personal heartbreak the aimlessness of life and the destruction of the earth without cheap moralising At one moment it was possible to think of self annihilation as a beautiful thing aim the space ship into the heart of the sun and set controls for cruise no given the preponderance of our sociopolitical decisions to annihilate this planet s biological existence as we know it anyway Trojanow rehabilitates this strange relationship Take one glaciologist angry and old Add him to the crew of a cruise
ship that profits from the disappearing beauty of the Antarctic world Mix withthat profits from the disappearing beauty of the Antarctic world Mix with celebrity artist whose risible plans take up no narrative space than they deserve Narrate the inevitable history of environmental destruction as a prism for social relationships Set the controls for cruise An interesting mashup of a narrative and an experimental book that felt like an art form than an easy read The first few pages of the narrative followed Zeno a disgruntled misanthrope and aging expedition leader on a cruise to the Antarctic Bemoaning humanity and its ravages of the world Zeno fails in His Duties Numerous Times And duties numerous times and focused on his lover a Filipina waitress on the same cruise In a final fit of insanity he hijacks the ship When He And Only he and only other person are onboard The last page or so of each chapter is a mash up of words almost like word azz that eschew punctuation and logic It almost felt like flipping frantically through TV channels some pornographic and catching The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces just snippets of things that made sense each ends with an alert about the ship s status post hijacking in capital letters In the end the hijacking feels almost poetic It happens during the staging of a live art piece the crew and guests forming the letters S O S on the ice originally intended as commentary on climate change as the ship sails away I have mixed feelings about this book It s impressive that it was translated from German and yet it still felt very nuanced In hindsight I realize that the mash up of information in the last page or so of each paragraph is mostly from the rescuers and news shows following the hijacking and wonder if you can t read each section together as a bit of a puzzle to make it all make sense The text after the capital letter alerts for example when read together say and nevertheless keep it up nothing will help except a complete reboot I ll be sittin when the evening comes wastin time nothing else matters all ablaze now it s time to roll up your sleeves again and now for something completely different is in large measure suspect that came off marvelously on and on without end which kind of sounds like a weird song lyric Still this creative format was a bit too out there for me Maybe because I wasn t expecting it or maybe because I m a book traditionalist The plot was interesting theazzy chapter endings were a bit too strange for my taste Took awhile to get a feel for it and really dig into this book As a conseuence it took over 15 days to finish this 159 page book Read this book Read it nowI cannot believe the low ratings and bad reviews but I am always on the outside What can I say if you generally agree with my likes and dislikes in books you gotta read thisIt s the story of a geologist who is given a glacier to study in the Alps and who knew that was a thing The book is full of interesting facts like this His glacier dies and with it his hope that things will get better and people will pay attention to the environmental disasters around us He can t bear to keep teaching so takes a ob on a boat giving lectures to vacationers visiting Antarctica This way he can at least be among the glaciers he lovesThe book is a log he writes on a trip He muses over his former life he writes about the passengers and his coworkers on the cruise Again we get fascinating info about whales. En un mundo en paulatina destrucción por la acción del hombre el profesor Zeno Hintermeier vive la desaparición de “su” glaciar como una pérdida propia Decide dejar su cátedra y embarcarse como guía en cruce. From a fellow lecturer on board about penguins and other birds from the bird lecturer Poor Zeno is a voice crying in the wilderness though I am always in search of novels about climate change which should have a great deal literature about it than is in fact the case Please recommend me any you find In The Lamentations of Zeno I was disappointed to find strong echoes of McEwan s Solar which I attempted to read then abandoned in annoyance Once again a man uses echoes of McEwan s Solar which I attempted to read then abandoned in annoyance Once again a man uses change as
Window Dressing For Hisdressing for his crisis It is a potentially civilisation ending threat so really deserves better than that Just as with Solar I was left wondering why I should give a damn about this man s tedious love life when the stability of the earth s climate is at stake Neither McEwan nor Trojanow managed to make me care about their narrator or even believe that they actually studied climate change Moreover said narrators seemed very unlikely to be meaningfully affected by climate related disaster Basically I don t want literature that drapes climate change around flimsily as a backdrop for stories about middle aged men s marital difficulties I want books that explore the meanings and conseuences of climate change for people s lived experience Examples I ve come across are Flight Behaviour which manages to have a marital difficulties sub plot without it dominating and The Carbon Diaries 2015 which remains a great climate change novel despite the title being overtaken by timeI am willing to concede that The Lamentations of Zeno uite possibly loses something in translation especially the metatextual interludes at the end of each chapter These didn t really work for me John Brunner did the same thing far better in Stand on Zanzibar Actually Brunner s The Sheep Look Up is a brilliant devastating novel about environmental pollution As it was written 1972 however climate change is not mentioned Although the setup of a aded glaciologist leading an Antarctic cruise for the very rich seemed ideally suited to interesting environmental commentary not much materialised The odd incident stood out generally involving penguins but the narrative was weighed down by awkward pointless sex scenes and digressive anecdotes The blurb claims it recalls the experimentation of high modernist fiction without compromising a limpid sense of place or the pace of its narrative I m afraid I must disagree on all fronts As a novel it felt conventional rather than experimental to me had very little sense of place and the narrative pace was glacia Poetic book about a grumpy glaciologist who oins an Antarctic cruise ship as a guest lecturer after the glacier he has spent a lifetime studying melts and disappears Each chapter ends with a garbled section of radiospeak in which it becomes clear that Zeno the glaciologist will hijack the ship in a last desperate bid to draw attention to the planet s plight Some of the writing is uite beautiful and the translation skilfully done An example every glacier has its own voice A dying glacier sounds different than a healthy one it gives off a powerful rattle when it bursts along a crevasse and if you listen closely you can hear the melt flowing into the underground lakes Zeno Hintermeier is named for the founder of Stoicism a central tenet of which is that we should live in accord with nature and that we should promote moral progress The demise of the Alpine glacier to which Hintermeier has devoted his scholarly life palpably demonstrates that today s consumerist humans certainly do not live in such accord What to do His work at the institute thus essentially over Zeno gamely follows a colleague s suggestion to give lectures to tourists traveling to the Antarctic Now in his fourth year on the MS Hansen he has ust been elevated to expedition leader and this is where he begins the notebook we read Ulf ZimmermanThis book was reviewed in the Sept. Ros turísticos ue viajan a la Antártida ansiando encontrar en el último rincón natural del planeta el silencio cargado de verdad ue tanto anhela Ni siuiera entre los amantes de la naturaleza encuentra un alma geme.