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Barbi Marković

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Title: Izlaženje
Author: Barbi Marković
Genre: Novel
Written: 2006
Length: 96 pages
Original in: Serbian
Availability: Ausgehen - Deutschland
  • Izlaženje has not been translated into English yet

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Why we haven't reviewed it yet:

Want to compare it more closely with Thomas Bernhard's Walking (Gehen), which this novel is a 'remix' of

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Review Summaries
Source Rating Date Reviewer
NZZ . 28/5/2009 .

  From the Reviews:
  • "Perfekt ist die Mimikry, das Resultat aber etwas mager. (...) Der jugendlichen Lust auf Unterhaltung sei das Original empfohlen, nicht die Kopie." - Neue Zürcher Zeitung

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Notes about the Reviews
and the Book's Reception

       Izlaženje is a 're-mix' of Thomas Bernhard's novella, Walking (Gehen), as Marković takes Bernhard's perambulatory novella and turns it into one about the Belgrade clubing scene. The changes she makes leave the rhythm and much of the substance of Bernhard's text unchanged, except that the destinations and the philosophically-tinged talk now are very different.
       The German version has garnered decent attention and obviously benefits from being even closer to Bernhard's original. The title works very well, too: Ausgehen means 'to go out' (as to a club, etc.) but it can also be read as 'out of Gehen', which is what the text itself is.
       Critics seem to be divided as to whether it's just a clever gimmick or actually offers something new; it does, however, seem to work quite well.

       (Bernhard's Walking is included in the volume of Three Novellas (see the University of Chicago Press publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk) -- but don't count on Izlaženje appearing in English anytime soon.)

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  • Suhrkamp publicity page
  • Walking by Thomas Bernhard - opening pages, translated Kenneth Northcott
Reviews: Thomas Bernhard: Books by and about Thomas Bernhard under review: Other books of interest under review:

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About the Author:

       Serbian author Barbara Marković was born in 1980.

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