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The Heart Goes Last: A Novel von Margaret…
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The Heart Goes Last: A Novel (2015. Auflage)

von Margaret Atwood (Autor)

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"Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as The Handmaid's Tale and as richly imagined as The Blind Assassin. Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around and fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in. for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their "civilian" homes. At first, this doesn't seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one's head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan's life in danger. With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled"--… (mehr)
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Titel:The Heart Goes Last: A Novel
Autoren:Margaret Atwood (Autor)
Info:Nan A. Talese (2015), Edition: First Edition, 320 pages
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Wieder hat die kanadische Autorin ein Zukunftsszenario (s. "Die Geschichte von Zeb", ID-A 20/14) entworfen: um Arbeitslosigkeit und Kriminalität zu entgehen, nehmen Stan und Charmaine das Angebot an, hinter den Mauern der Stadt Consilience/Positron einen Neuanfang starten zu können. Was heißt, sie verbringen einen Monat in einem Haus in Consilience, gehen dem ihnen zugewiesenen Job nach, verbringen danach einen Monat im Gefängnis in Positron, erledigen dort eine andere Arbeit. Ihr Haus wird unterdessen von Tauschpartnern bewohnt. Dass Charmaine in ihrem Job Menschen per Spritze hinrichtet, verursacht ihr wenig Skrupel, bis eines Tages, bedingt durch amouröse Verwicklungen, Stan vor ihr liegt. Aber Stan und Charmaine sind nur Figuren in einem abgekarteten Spiel. Der Roman kann als Parabel gelesen werden, die die Erkenntnis, z.B. über menschliche Profitgier oder die allzu leichte Manipulierbarkeit des menschlichen Denkens und Fühlens beinhaltet. Die Brillanz ihrer Kurzgeschichten ("Die steinerne Matratze", ID-A 51/16) erreicht die Autorin hier nicht, dennoch eine unterhaltsame Lektüre mit Anspruch. ( )
  Cornelia16 | Nov 9, 2020 |
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  jc_b | Apr 4, 2018 |
But then a narrative that has been taut, dread-inducing and psychologically tense careers off the road, skids into the woods, hits its head, loses its memory and emerges as a strange quasi-sex romp concerned almost exclusively with erotic power, kinky impulses and the perversity of desire.
hinzugefügt von sturlington | bearbeitenNew York Times, Sarah Lyall (Sep 29, 2015)
 
“The Heart Goes Last” wrestles with many of the same themes that have preoccupied Ms. Atwood for decades, such as sexism, the dangers of unbridled greed and the risky moral terrain that comes with technological progress.
hinzugefügt von melmore | bearbeitenThe New York Times, Alexandra Alter (Sep 27, 2015)
 
Though Atwood is obviously delivering a serious lesson about societal greed and human exploitation, it’s frankly an amazing achievement how jovial The Heart Goes Last is from start to Shakespearean-style comedic finish. The novel is certainly a dystopian effort that belongs on the same hallowed list as Brave New World, 1984 and Atwood’s own masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, but it also manages to be a whole lot of quirky, poppy fun, without ever once undermining its core message.
 
The further one reads, the less clear the novel becomes on a philosophical level. The narrative is riveting (if occasionally so ridiculous as to remind the reader that perhaps we’re not meant to take it entirely seriously), and the characters deepen as time goes on, moving from broad types to sympathetic (if not entirely likable) individuals. But throughout, there is a sense of larger purpose, a deeper motivation at work. Part of this is a function of the conspiracy in which Charmaine and Stan find themselves “linchpin” figures, but the overarching narrative control – layers within layers, manipulations within manipulations – comes to feel like the work of the writer herself. By the time the novel concludes, one is left with an image of Atwood holding all the puppet strings, orchestrating every event. And grinning widely.
 
Margaret Atwood’s future holds little cheer.

Dystopian sex romp The Heart Goes Last comes off as jaded, contemptuous...Stan and Charmaine elicit little (Charmaine) to no (Stan) sympathy. Two self-serving, foolish, and facile jerks stand at the heart of Heart. The comedy ridicules them; it’s at their expense. And because their unappetizing characteristics encourage onlookers to grow indifferent to their antics and dilemmas, their fates — good, bad, or more of the same — matter not in the least.

Dystopian tales rely on readers caring or identifying with about the oppressed and victimized. If that’s taken away, so is the tale’s power to move, provoke, and command attention.

 

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Atwood, MargaretHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
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Angela Carter (1940-1992), and
Judy Merril (1923-1997).

And for Graeme, as ever.
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The Heart Goes Last: Positron, Episode Four is the 4th volume in an e-book only serial. It was reworked into the novel The Heart Goes Last, but they are not the same work.
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"Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as The Handmaid's Tale and as richly imagined as The Blind Assassin. Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around and fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in. for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their "civilian" homes. At first, this doesn't seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one's head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan's life in danger. With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled"--

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