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Cover TextPulitzer Preis 2018 für Andrew Sean Greer "Mister Weniger"
"Mister Weniger" ist eine schreiend komische Liebeskomödie, die sich nicht um Konventionen schert, ein Wundermittel gegen Liebeskummer und Trost für alle, die schon gemerkt haben, dass die Liebe manchmal seltsame Wege geht.
Der Schriftsteller Arthur Weniger hat von allem ein bisschen zu wenig. Wo anderen ein dickes Fell gewachsen ist, schmückt ihn bloß die zarte Schale eines Butterkrebses. Um sich vor der Hochzeit seiner Langzeitaffäre Freddy zu drücken, führt der arglose Weniger tapfer sein geschundenes Herz spazieren - New York, Berlin, Mexico City, Kyoto -, Hauptsache weg. Überall begegnet er der Liebe und nirgends läuft sie, wie sie soll. Doch erst die totale Schieflage rückt wieder alles ins Lot.
Eine erfrischend andere Liebeskomödie.
Als Weniger erfährt, dass seine Langzeitaffäre Freddy einen anderen heiraten wird, tut er, was jeder vernünftige Mensch tun würde: davonlaufen. Er nimmt jede Einladung an, die ihm der Literaturbetrieb in den letzten Monaten beschert hat. Doch seine Reise bietet nicht die Ablenkung, die Weniger sich erhofft hatte. Der liebenswerte Tollpatsch tritt von einem Fettnäpfchen ins nächste, er trifft alte Bekannte und denkt bei all dem unentwegt über die Liebe nach.
Die etwas andere Liebeskomödie - todkomischer Balsam für die Seele.A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (The New York Times Book Review).
National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017
A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2017
A San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten Book of 2017
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Lambda Award, and the California Book Award
Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.
QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town?
ANSWER: You accept them all.
What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.
Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, Less is, above all, a love story.
A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.
"I could not love LESS more."--Ron Charles, The Washington Post
"Andrew Sean Greer's Less is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful."--Christopher Buckley, The New York Times Book Review
Product TypePaperback
Publishing year2018
Publishing date15/05/2018
Pages272 pages
SizeWidth 139 mm, Height 208 mm, Thickness 20 mm
Weight234 g
Article no.33579264


Critique"Less is the funniest, smartest and most humane novel I've read since Tom Rachman's 2010 debut, The Imperfectionists....Greer writes sentences of arresting lyricism and beauty. His metaphors come at you like fireflies....Like Arthur, Andrew Sean Greer's Less is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful."
-New York Times Book Review