Andrew Crumey
Pfitz
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Pfitz An eighteenth century prince devotes his entire wealth and the energy of his subjects to the creation of Rreinnstadt a fantastic city that exists only on paper and in the minds of its creators Among
  • Title: Pfitz
  • Author: Andrew Crumey
  • ISBN: 9780312195502
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • An eighteenth century prince devotes his entire wealth and the energy of his subjects to the creation of Rreinnstadt, a fantastic city that exists only on paper and in the minds of its creators Among Rreinnstadt s fictional inhabitants is Pfitz, a count s loyal servant who mysteriously disappears one night from a tavern Andrew Crumey s exploration of the rich territory bAn eighteenth century prince devotes his entire wealth and the energy of his subjects to the creation of Rreinnstadt, a fantastic city that exists only on paper and in the minds of its creators Among Rreinnstadt s fictional inhabitants is Pfitz, a count s loyal servant who mysteriously disappears one night from a tavern Andrew Crumey s exploration of the rich territory between reality and fantasy reveals a genuine affection for character and the terrain of the human heart.
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    1. Lucid_kiwi says:

      I liked the first chapter a lot, it seemed a nice setting for a story designing imaginary cities fascinated me, all the details were amazing , but then it turned out to be a bit of a disappointment maybe it was the way it was told, maybe it was because of the characters they felt so unreal I was expecting , I loved Music in a foreign language.

    2. Juan says:

      Un magn fico ejemplo de c mo el resumen editorial que ha de servir de gancho de un libro no tiene nada que ver con su contenido real Me da la sensaci n de que solo se leyeron el primer cap tulo que, efectivamente, va de lo que dice el resumen, y al no seguir adelante nunca descubrieron que esa propuesta era solo la excusa para otro tipo de historia Aunque me dicen mis pajarillos que este libro se estudia en cursos de Doctorado para explicar las construcciones de mundos, ser yo el que no lo ha en [...]

    3. Cinabru Hoffmann says:

      Deloc rau acest scriitor scotian, autorul lui Pfitz, roman sau mai curand nuvela ce m a surprins placut Dar nu neaparat ca replica tarzie data lui Diderot Publicata in original in 1995, Pfitz este o poveste ce imbina elementele picaresti cu romanul politist si atmosfera distopica Este un 1984 in cheie comica, fara tragismul sumbru si lipsa de speranta din Orwell, avand ceva din perfectiunea visata a coloniei penitenciare kafkiene Exista reguli, exista standarde, totul se petrece macar vizibil as [...]

    4. N.J. Ramsden says:

      The first Crumey I read, and still the one I remember most fondly It s intricate but not pompous, intelligent but not brow beating, and avoids the pitfalls of Crumey s other novels up to Mr Mee, at least, which is as far as I ve got the primary fault of which is in being too self consciously sure of the cleverness of the material Pfitz is the right side of that line, and reads like a relaxed and nostalgic Borges, like Eco lite, a nod to early Gothic, to the philosophical fictions of the 18th and [...]

    5. Jeroen says:

      Short but interesting read Totally different from anything else I read I liked some of the writing better than other parts but that s what you get with a book in a book.

    6. Albireo says:

      Mr Simply Phantastic Challenging and unusual Like a book written by Rene Magritte Among my alltime top favoritesMrs

    7. Dallas says:

      Horribly pretentious.

    8. Mike says:

      What a strange, puzzling book Crumey throws philosophy at you than anyone else I ve read, except perhaps Ada Palmer Heraclitus and Zeno from the pre Socratics are here, along with Derrida and Wittgenstein from the post moderns He riffs off the end of Goethe s Faust, and throws in some Heisenberg, Schroedinger, and set theory for luck And no doubt much that I missed.Pfitz poses a number of questions, none of which are really answerable like Schroedinger s Cat, which is both alive and dead Who i [...]

    9. BookAmbler says:

      An interesting and very different premise, which was definitely strange but also strangely compelling to keep reading.

    10. Jim says:

      I d never heard of Andrew Crumey before but came across his book listed in the Scottish Book Trust s list of the best Scottish fiction of the last 50 years This type of writing took me quite by surprise many of my recent reads from Scottish authors have been great but grim This book has a real European feel and transports you to other lands at different levels of fictionality stories within stories I thought it was great there were short sections that were a bit of a struggle but they didn t det [...]

    11. IanCann says:

      A very curious read, engrossing in a way which toys with the fourth wall between character, writer and reader like a cheeky wombat in a jauntily askew hat The novel just about avoids collapsing under its own cleverness, and the ending comes as a slight oh but the world in which the novel about a novel and the creation of the world in which that novel is set is enough to hold you until the end in a oft thought provoking manner Not as good as the later Crumey I ve read, but still worth your time.

    12. Tyrannosaurus regina says:

      What is real and what has been created Can we even know the difference Layer upon layer of creation and uncreation and recreation and subversion on the framework of an elaborately constructed imaginary city A story written by a story written by a story and then destabilized and deconstructed This just combines so many of the things I love.

    13. Bogdan says:

      I liked the idea of the novel, to raise cities on paper, to devote a life time creating fictional people, places and history I also learned that you must firmly draw a line between fiction and reality, you must never confuse them.My copy of this book is in romanian.

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    15. Constantine Melios says:

      Another postmodern metafiction delight

    16. Clare says:

      This story is like those children s nesting dolls It is a story within a story within a story The premise is unique and it is quite interesting to see how each aspect of the tales will develop.

    17. James M says:

      A prince subjects his subjects to creating a fantasy town that only exists in his mind as we follow the disappearance of one of its inhabitants.

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