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Физика на тъгата Već na prvi pogled jasno je da je pred nama moderan roman A koliko je još i moderniji na drugi pogledGospodinov bez zazora preispituje granice žanra To čini tako da nam se čini kao da je ovo jedan od poslednjih pokušaja da se dokaže da roman kao književni rod ima još oblika za izmišljanje obogaćivanje i pokazivanje Autor istovremeno lakonski i temeljno preispituje roman kao oblik književnog istraživanja dovodeći ga u ozbiljnu sumnju te ga potom tako negiranog uspostavlja u jednom novom melanžu Fizika tuge nije više i samo eksperiment; ona je nova romaneskna vrednost Istorija književnosti verovatno će ga jednoga dana označiti kao a prekretnički roman b izdajnički roman ili v jedan od poslednjih romana koji bi da obuhvate sve Ovaj pre svega poetičan roman vrlo tanane duše priča je o fizici ali i metafizici tuge Čine ga montaža kinematografska struktura pauze grafika simboli tišina prividna fragmentarnost samoća minotaurska napuštenost lavirinti antički mitovi praznina To je istorija sveta ispričana pogledom nevažnih događaja netipičnih stvorenja od puževa do dinosaura i ljudi U zbiru svega glavni junak je Ja smo To ja smo ključ je romana ono je oscilirajuće klatno između prvog i trećeg lica jednine i množine Autorska snaga koja je u svim pričama i telima ove knjige mnogo je šira od tzv Sveznajućeg autoraRoman vremenska kapsula Roman u koji se zaljubljujeAko je originalni i uspešni Prirodni roman G Gospodinova preveden na 20 jezika od kojih je srpski bio prvi u svetu Geopoetika 2001 bio postmoderan u najplemenitijem smislu reči Fizika tuge je roman apokaliptičan u najrevolucionarnijem značenju reči

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  • Физика на тъгата
  • Georgi Gospodinov
  • Serbian
  • 15 May 2016

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  1. says:

    Bulgaria The country where the first Christian church ever on earth currently the oldest functioning church in the world was built in the fourth century AD;authors such as Ivan Vazov1850 1922 protesting the rule of the Ottoman regime is commemorated against the buildings;And other writers such as father and son Petko and Pencho Slaveykov is invting visitors to a conversation on Slaveykov Suare and open air book stalls nearby lure the reader inThe variety of books from all over the world is simply staggering If my husband wasn't with me 1 a lot time would have been spent there 2 my baggage back home would have looked amazingly different 1878 In Koprivshitsa the first shot was fired against the almost 500 year rule of the Ottomans in which 200 000 Russian soldiers would ultimately lose their lives during the liberation of Bulgaria Partisans workers and farmers welcome the Russian soldiers after liberation Independence declared September 22nd 1908The traveler finds a vibrant Post communist society with the a rebirth of hope pulsating through the atmosphere although the author states “joy is uickly replaced by fretting” Bulgaria is described as The saddest place in the world The evidence of sorrow is everywhere However a rebirth of pride and resilience transcend a traumatic dark past Thresians Romans Goths Huns and Ottomans ruled over the country and then on September 9 1944 the Socialist Revolution took place a coup d'état dividing the citizens' experiences in two eras Before the Ninth and After the Ninth 1987 For once in this nation's history a regime change did not happen with a bang like so many times before The fall of Communism happened with a whimper an announcement on television Ironically the people were not jubilant They were dumbfounded Television sets were rolled into the halls of the author's school so that the announcement could be viewed by all Who is going to protect us now? the teachers asked scared to deathThe country's history is truly ancient In 753 BC there were only two cities on the European continent Athens and Sofia In the year Christ was born only nine of today’s European capitals existed Brussels the youngest city is only 1700 years younger than Sofia Many cultures formed Bulgaria and can be witnessed in the city center of Sofia There is a kind of melancholic dignity evident in the communist heritageSofia has a European atmosphere a Mediterranean spirit This city is old and new historical and modern filled with tree lined boulevards fountains and parks old customs and new fashions and super modern shopping malls The city has not grown old only extremely wise Like the rest of Europe it forms part of the Old World culturally not geologically It forms part of the three thousand years of history in which civilizations have appeared and vanished and new ones constantly arose from the ruinsOne of the most outstanding moments for me was to wander along the Decumanus Maximus merging with the prestigious Vitosha Boulevard I used the GPS direction on Google on my super modern phone to walk on the same ancient stone road as the Romans New Bulgarian generations are born in a free society with aspirations to either emigrate or change the status uo in the country Many ex communist representatives are still embedded in the current government protecting the principles of a bygone era with fraud and corruption blossoming As time passes a new generation with global exposure might be able to change the government into a true democracy In their own way the young generations are working hard to accomplish just that The contrast is everywhere from bumping into thick neck Rayban ed giants with wired ears at a fueling station to an energetic young woman with her own restaurant called 'Natural' where she serves fresh strawberry juice in canning jars with lots of ice; from Porches and Mercedeses lining the streets to a humble statue of the Trabant first car to be built from recycled material in the 1950s In popularity it eualed Hitler's Volkswagen beetle for almost forty years With a language barrier preventing any serious conversations I wanted to find the soul of the people by reading their stories THE PHYSICS OF SORROW BY GEORGI GOSPODINOV available in English seemed to be a good choice A big thank you to wwwopenletterbooksorg for opening up world literature to English readers Congratulations to Angela Rodel for the excellent translationFirst of all I do not understand why it is called a novel Biographical fiction perhaps? Disordered and fragmentary musings? Yet there is the recurring theme of bunkers archives and hoarding in a subterranean world Gospodinov jumps between stories of different people his grandfather ancient folklore Greek mythology and himself during various periods such as the Sixties Seventies Eighties and Nineties and people he met on the streets or at university The book is a postmodern jumble of impressions dotted down through various periods of the author's life It has many beginnings and many endings The most oppressive thing about the labyrinth is that you are constantly being forced to choose It isn’t the lack of an exit but the abundance of “exits” that is so disorienting A linear narrative does not exist but rather a disorienting labyrinth filled with philosophical and nostalgic meanderings into the heart of the country The corridors of the labyrinth are constantly intertwining crisscrossing one another “A story in which eras catch up with one another and intertwine with dead end corridors threads that snap blind spots and obvious discrepancies” The Minotaur jumps out in the different eras with Gospodinov often in the role of Ariadne One of the endings depicts Theseus meeting up with the Minotaur protesting his inclusion in the myth He had no desire to kill Minotaur Someone forced me into the storyWhat is outstanding though is the empathy with which the author approaches the myth of Minotaur He also presents the history of the country as a time capsule in which people from different eras tell their experiences to unknown future generations and readers with the author embedded in his subjects' hearts and minds presenting their thoughts and tales Tales of Jimmy Carter the Beatles the French film star Alain Delon Salman Rushdie a Turkish soap opera a basketball player who went to America the author's own life his visits to Germany and beyond A potpourri of everyday life throughout history For me there was a modern Garison Keiller esue feel to the tales Even a Kent Haruf ambiance of some sort The empathy of the author for his country and its people flowed endlessly through his passionate observations The Physics of Sorrow is not for the light reader like myself but seeks the philosophical postmodern scholars in the literary discipline to figure it out That's the bottom line The myth of the Minotaur is used as the main vehicle to throw archives of information together mix myth and memory and borrow stories for his own time capsule A complicated structure for a novel The novel is both an intellectual game and a very human story If at times the novel’s postmodern experimentation seems self consciously clever and its plot confusing the insights offered by its deconstruction of myth and its exploration of family memory and loss are worth the effort reuired to unravel its tangled skeinGeorgi Gospodinov is an excellent writer Very often anecdotal with dry humor lightening up the sorrow in between Spring has gone berserk bees are buzzing nameless scents waft through the air as if the world has just been created without a past without a future a world in all its innocence before chronology 1980s Memories III The Yellow HouseBulgaria was not directly involved in the other important event In December we heard about AIDS for the first time Which in 1981 officially put an end to the ’60s All sexual revolutions were called off for health reasons Since they had never really started here in Bulgaria we didn’t take their end as anything particularly tragic The author as Scheherazade VI THE STORY BUYER In the past I could implant now I’m forced to buy I could introduce myself this way too I’m a person who buys up the past A story trader Others might trade tea coriander stocks and bonds gold watches land I go around buying up the past wholesale Call me what you want find me a name Those who own land are called “landholders” I’m a timeholder a holder of others’ time the owner of others’ stories and pasts I’m an honest buyer I never try to undercut the price I only buy up private pasts the pasts of specific people Once they tried to sell me the past of a whole nation but I turned it down I buy all sorts of stories—about abandonment about unfaithful women about childhood about travelling and getting lost about sorrow and unexpected deliverance I also buy happy stories but there aren’t many sellers of those From the first word I can tell fresh from rancid goods true stories from those of fibbing shysters who only want to make a uick buck Most people sell their stories for a pittance some are even dumb founded that I offer them money for something that doesn't cost a thing Others are thankful to have someone to take on the burden they had previously been carrying alone Whatever this book might be called it was a fascinating read a seamless crossing of a shallow river to different historical eras It was like a spotlight being switched on unexpectedly over a nation exposing the schizophrenia embedded in human history as a whole But also a diameter of a nation's psycheCompared to the internal dialogue of Secondhand Time The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich this book is a light read but very similar in style The Physics of Sorrow however avoided brutality It is a manifest for peace and reconciliation instead Readable Digestible The grim history of the Soviet is exposed in books such as The Gulag Archipelago 1918 1956  by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes; City of Thieves by David Benioff; One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore; Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetysand a plethora of othersCompared to all of them this 'novel' might not make it as one of the greatest although it has won numerous awards The author is also well read in many many languages For me after visiting this beautiful country with its inherently gentle people it was an honorable read I wanted to find the soul of the people in literature I did Four well deserved stars it is The author opened up the heart of his country to us all It was a good beginning

  2. says:

    This sprawling and brilliant new work from the Bulgarian maverick responsible for the “novel about nothing” not his words Natural Novel returns in English with a novel that has “career defining” stamped all over not on the cover A rich exploration of the author’s family history the Minotaur myth the physics of elementary particles the author’s own melancholies socialism vegetarianism and boredom in Bulgaria and uirky absent friends narrated in numerous novel and hilarious and moving voices retaining the fast paced tale spinner feel throughout and entertaining from first to the last this is a no brainer purchase

  3. says:

    Just read a 75 page sample of this and WOW I love Natural Novel and helped publish the English translation of it but based on this excerpt of Physics of Sorrow I think this may be Georgi's masterpiece

  4. says:

    As many reviews show this book cannot really be summarized; it is also almost impossible to describe what kind of novel this is because simultaneously an essay a melancholic reverie about the life in the Bulgarian version of true socialism a coming of age story a war novel a whimsical fantasy story a re living of ancient myths especially around the Minotaur and so on Gospodinov constantly changes tack hides himself behind various characters including his grandfather but also a slug and a fruit fly makes us gasp for breath with new creative perspectives meandering and associative In short the author plunges us into a story labyrinth without boundaries in time or in space as a conscious effort to put together a time capsule for later generationsThis chaotic associative approach normally is not one that captivates me but regularly this novel contains beautiful poetic images and surprising perspectives; it is reminiscent of the way Claudio Magris writes also an Central European author who draws richly from mythical material and works very associative And for obvious reasons the Minotaur it even reminded me of Ovid and his inexhaustible bizarre moving repulsive and wonderful stories essentially about what is human and how dynamic changeable human reality must be understood It is a literary approach that easily expires in excessiveness and with me this usually arouses an automatic reflex of rejection; and that sometimes was also the case in this novel it's just too excessive But in his own way Gospodinov gives you a striking impression of the unregulated chaos that is our life our world and our reality Frankly I don’t know what to think of this but this is certainly an author that mustn't be disregarded

  5. says:

    How many pages does it take until you realize you're reading something truly great?A great beginning may just be that — a great beginning and not much else So you have to give it than 50 pages I think Really than even 100 Or maybe it's based on the book's length Does the knowledge that you're reading a great book come only after you've crossed the halfway point? At that point if everything is firing on all cylinders is it safe to acknowledge the greatness of what you're reading?Or maybe you need to get about three uarters of the way in After all you've read enough by that point to or less assess the book You might even already be able to write a review of it Or do you really have to finish it before understanding in the past tense now that what you had just read really was great? Or to ask the same uestion another way can a bad ending really ruin an otherwise great book? We're all familiar with books that have been really really good up until the ending and then as a result we toss the whole thing out So the answer I think is yes A bad ending can ruin what would otherwise be a great book But some books are immune from even bad endingsThat's not to say that the final pages of The Physics of Sorrow are any less spectacular than the 200 some odd pages that preceded them but even if they had been bad it wouldn't have mattered so much because this isn't any normal book The best way I can think to put it right now is that The Physics of Sorrow is contrary to the linear novels we're used to a collection of thoughts joined together by often nothing than a common word or phraseI've never read anything like this before which is one of the reasons I loved it so much While I haven't read every single book in print reading this feels like a revelation I want to take it and wave it in the face of all those who have told me that when it comes to literature there is nothing new under the sun But there is This This undefinable thing is totally unlike anything you've ever read before But since I want you to read it I want to try to relate it to the works of other authors you might have read Milan KunderaItalo CalvinoSomething of the reportage present in the work of Svetlana AlexievichBut even that is wholly inadeuate If a novel is like a great city such comparisons are like comparing Paris' Champs Élysées with New Orleans' Bourbon StreetBoth are thoroughfares and both are or formerly were French but that's about where the comparisons end So it is hereThere is something of the whimsy and originality of Kundera and Calvino in The Physics of Sorrow but as the title suggests Gospodinov's is a sort of melancholic whimsy Whereas Kundera will throw a hundred ideas up in the air hoping that even just a few land in a way that resonates Gospodinov's feel like highly polished bullets that head straight for their targetsLikewise the voices of those in Svetlana Alexievich's extraordinary Secondhand Time can be found throughout The Physics of Sorrow and Gospodinov's novel is the kind of auto fiction very much in vogue or en vogue today if we may be so French But it is still fiction complete with all the advantages that fiction provides both writer and readerWhile this book then is close to undefinable I nevertheless felt like a child on Christmas Day when opening it Much to my dismay I have yet to read Herman Hesse or Günter Grass but the difference is that when I do I expect their books to be great If you one day see my five star reviews of The Glass Bead Game and The Tin Drum you'll hopefully be amused by what I say but the initial reaction you're likely to have is oh another five star review of those guys What a surpriseThis then is a true surprise That some Bulgarian writer — have I even read any other Bulgarian writer? — I'd never heard of wrote what is now one of my favorite books I didn't see that comingI likely never would have heard about Georgi Gospodinov at all were it not for the fact that I was in Denmark this past August and decided on the 24th of that month to visit the Louisiana Museum As for the museum itself I was a bit disappointed It's Denmark's most visited museum but Modern Art I just don't get you please someone teach me how to appreciate modern art But I had the good fortune to be visiting the museum smack dab in the middle of a literary festival and one of the visiting writers that day was — you guessed it — Georgi Gospodinov or as I told my girlfriend while waiting in line at the venue where he was to be interviewed some Bulgarian guyThings I know about Bulgaria1 Former Communist country2 On the Black Sea3 Orthodox ChristianI can't say I learned much about Bulgaria from this book except that it iswas supposedly one of the most depressing countries on earth Proud citizens of Bulgaria direct your hate mail to Georgi GospodinovI really wish I had read The Physics of Sorrow prior to the book signing as I would have loved to have told its author how spectacular I found it Instead I just stood there asking him uestions based on what he'd said in the interview he'd just givenSo how many pages did it take until I realized that The Physics of Sorrow was a truly great book?I don't know I've just flipped through the book again trying to pinpoint the exact spot but like most great things it appears to have snuck up on me There isn't one precise moment that makes you fall in love with someone but rather it's a gradual accumulation of events — a collection of moments that when put side by side spell out those three little words I love you So it is with this book I just realized at some point as we all do in the midst of taking part in something special that I didn't want it to end Now that I'm finished I have yet another thing to add to my list of sorrows

  6. says:

    Goodness how I gushed about this book at first it's beautiful strange witty poignant so poignant Chock full of achingly moving and wise and funny etc etc points of nostalgia that must be what people a little older than I am who grew up in Communist Bulgaria recall from their childhood and teens This is what it would have been like Such a friendly intimate book Rustic tales about grandfathers showing how lovely and harsh life on the land was longer ago Solitary present day wanderings in streets among local characters in a place the narrator used to live And a bit of mythology; Minotaurs uietly became a renewed point of interest and new sympathy in the 21st century see The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break and a couple of other things whose titles I can't recall but they existed I think I've always had an instinctive urgh reaction about minotaurs though so the meme never uite worked for me; I think I felt the current of sinister sexuality underlying the myth before I ever had words for it It's one of those books of bits and pieces with the feel of a found notebook yet far controlled whose fragmented episodic contents gradually almost subliminally mesh together in relationship into a somehow unified workThe author remarks on the sense of feeling too much; his narrator can sometimes feel other people's emotions an empath with a Deanna Troy like gift a gift and a burden The too muchness the too sweetness is here on the page too or so I found Check the average rating and awards most didn't find the book overwhelming I was highlighting everything I felt overloaded short circuited It was the mental euivalent of attempted post orgasmic sex It needed some duller less heightened interludes as recovery time It was a gigantic dessert of cream and caramel and chocolate and honey and I couldn't eat nearly all of it And nearly a year later still the thought of of it seems too exhaustingly sweet though there are so many lovely things in it still seems worth finishing at least on the theoretical level

  7. says:

    I found this book in the library on the New Arrivals shelf When I was born in 1970 how could I know that I would later have half a dozen Bulgarian friends? If you told me that I wouldn't have believed you I met them in Seattle in the early 90's and they were instantly familiar I think we recognized each other because of a deep resonance of our sadness It's a sadness that predates Communism religious persecution by Ottoman Turks and serfdom It is sadness bound up in the winter hunger and the forest A sadness for the fact that so much history has already taken place and also sadness for the suspicion that new history is being minted in other places not Bulgaria And just think—Bulgarian sadness is only one manifestation of a continuum of sadness that stretches from the Black Sea to the Baltic All the lands where the Slavic tribes have settledMy Bulgarian friends made me feel like sadness might be normal They knew the secret that sadness is a delicate language capable of infinite expression When I learned this I felt I could embrace my own sadness not as a soul crushing force but as a mechanism of life like breath It may seem incredible but sadness is even capable of expressing happinessAnd so I began this book with high hopes and the initial chapters were uite lovely Episodic fragments that mix the past and present Throughout this narrative thread the author claims to inhabit the bodies of his ancestors so that he lived their true experiences The stories told by his elders or read in books have been transformed into his actual memories The author relates stories from his childhood that suddenly change to be a story from his father's childhood and then a moment from his grandfather's Sometimes he would even recall classical history and see a moment through the eyes of ancient Greek hero such as Theseus Sometimes the style reminded me of Nikolai Gogol's early short stories However this book lost me as the episodes became extremely brief only a paragraph in length sometimes and also as I began to perceive that there is no larger organizing principle It's not chronological It's not thematic The symbolism of the minotaur eluded my understanding

  8. says:

    DISCLAIMER I am the publisher of the book and thus spent approximately two years reading and editing and working on it So take my review with a grain of salt or the understanding that I am deeply invested in this text and know it uite well Also I would really appreciate it if you would purchase this book since it would benefit Open Letter directly

  9. says:

    I felt that every word in the book could have been written by myself But perhaps too many labyrinths in it Bad for health Perpetuates sorrow

  10. says:

    I received an ARC from Open Letter Publishing through EdelweissIn The Physics of Sorrow the story of the narrator Georgi and his family are told through the lens of the ancient Greek myth of the Minotaur the half man half bull creature that inhabits the dark tunnels of a labyrinth The story itself feels like a labyrinthine journey which the author leads us through; we feel like we are groping around in the dark never sure to which style of writing the author will take us next Sometimes we encounter a story about the narrator’s grandfather at other times we are launched into a tale about the narrator himself Short stories anecdotes memories pictures and even lists are presented as part of the narrativeGospodinov uses the story of the Minotaur from Greek mythology to highlight three themes in his book abandonment isolation and misunderstanding Jorge Luis Borges in his short story “The House of Asterion” provides us with the Minotaur’s perspective of his dwelling and his pathetic hope of eventual redemption The Physics of Sorrow expounds on Borges’ characterization of the Minotaur as a creature who is worthy of sympathy and whose half human half bull form are certainly not his fault At some point in his young life Asterion the Minotaur must have been abandoned by his mother and placed in this dark isolated and lonely labyrinthGeorgi grows up in Socialist Bulgaria which itself is an isolated and lonely place The author points out that before 1989 80% of Bulgarians had not left their native country Georgi’s parents have good jobs but due to the strict controls by the government on housing his family lives in a cramped basement apartment their own type of labyrinth Georgi tells us that he is afflicted with the “Minotaur Syndrome” Left alone from the age of six in this basement apartment he must fend for and amuse himself until the adults come home at the end of a long dayAbandonment and isolation are situations which Georgi’s grandfather struggles with first in the story At the age of three he is almost left behind by his mother at a mill and not until they are half way home does one of his seven sisters realizes that he is missing I held my breath at the vivid description of the toddler’s abandonment and thought “hurry up” as his sister raced back to gather the distraught and afraid little boy The grandfather who fights in World War II also has one of the toughest choices to make in the novel which of his two sons should be abandon because he cannot live with and raise both of themGeorgi the narrator has an issue with truly getting close to a woman and shortly after his daughter is born he falls into a deep melancholy At his doctor’s advice he travels and Europe itself becomes his labyrinth where he traverses from city to city and hotel to hotel trying to shake off his extreme gloominess He abandons his family to try and save his sanity but he ends up isolating himself from the world even further Georgi moves back into his boyhood home in the basement and now living in this dark labyrinth all alone the minotaurizing of himself has become complete At the end of the novel he tries to use the language of uantum physics to describe sort out and even deal with his sorrowThe greatest lesson we can take from The Physics of Sorrow is one of empathy and compassion At one point in the book the Minotaur is put on trial and given his day in court to defend himself against the charge of being a violent monster He is half man and half human and therefore never able to fully fit into to any society man or animal This book shed a whole new perspective for me on the story of the Minotaur and the country of Bulgaria which to be uiet honest I have never really given a second thought

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