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Ebook Paranoia by Willem Frederik Hermans read! Book Title: Paranoia
The author of the book: Willem Frederik Hermans
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Reader ratings: 5.2
Edition: Van Oorschot
Date of issue: October 2007
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Language: English
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I liked some of the stories better than others - Lotti Fuehrschein was a bit too weird for me, or maybe I didn't get it entirely... The themes in the stories are very interesting, but I think I'd have to reread some of the stories to fully understand them.

The stories are mostly written from the perspective of someone who is or is going mad, which sometimes creates very surprising descriptions and events. This is nice, but you have to read very concentradedly to follow the story well. You get a strong sense the storyteller is trying to get a grip on reality to no avail and that's very intriguing. This is especially the case in in 'Manuscript found in a Clinic'.

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Ebook Paranoia read Online! Willem Frederik Hermans is one of the greatest post-war Dutch authors. Before devoting his entire life to writing, Hermans had been teaching Physical Geography at the University of Groningen for many years. He had already started writing and publishing in magazines at a young age. His polemic and provocative style led to a court case as early as 1952. His caustic pieces were compiled in Mandarijnen op zwavelzuur (Mandarines in Sulphuric Acid, 1963), which was reprinted with additions a number of times. It is Hermans’s belief that in order to survive people have to create their own reality. It is inevitable that all these experiences of reality will collide. Language is essential to create order out of chaos and plays an important role in this process. In his essays on Wittgenstein, Hermans studied this problem in depth. In his novels and stories Hermans places his characters in a world of certainty for themselves but equivocal for the reader. It is in this field of tension that the intrigue in De tranen der acacia’s (Acacia’s Tears, 1949) and in De donkere kamer van Damocles (The Darkroom of Damocles, 1958) develops. Although stories such as Moedwil en misverstand (Malice and Misunderstanding) and Paranoia have a surrealistic tendency, Hermans’ novels The Darkroom Of Damocles, Nooit meer slapen (Beyond Sleep), Uit talloos veel miljoenen (From Countless Millions) are more realistic or satirical and everything in his rich oeuvre is subordinate to the author’s pessimistic philosophy.

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An enticing cover and a controversial story.


Rarely do the books make me cry, but this one could.


This needs to be read to each


Light fiction for Cloudy day


I read the whole book with a stupid smile on my face. General advice to everyone!

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