Atlas der unsichtbaren Welt

Atlas der unsichtbaren Welt TROPENST RME Indonesien auf dem Weg in die Unabh ngigkeit Schon zum dritten Mal verliert der j hrige Adam den wichtigsten Menschen in seinem Leben Von der Mutter fr h in ein Heim gegeben musste er

  • Title: Atlas der unsichtbaren Welt
  • Author: Tash Aw
  • ISBN: 9783499249464
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • TROPENST RME Indonesien auf dem Weg in die Unabh ngigkeit Schon zum dritten Mal verliert der 16 j hrige Adam den wichtigsten Menschen in seinem Leben Von der Mutter fr h in ein Heim gegeben, musste er mit ansehen, wie sein lterer Bruder Johan von einem reichen Ehepaar adoptiert wurde Und nun wird Adam Zeuge, wie sein Ziehvater, der holl ndische Maler Karl, von SukarnosTROPENST RME Indonesien auf dem Weg in die Unabh ngigkeit Schon zum dritten Mal verliert der 16 j hrige Adam den wichtigsten Menschen in seinem Leben Von der Mutter fr h in ein Heim gegeben, musste er mit ansehen, wie sein lterer Bruder Johan von einem reichen Ehepaar adoptiert wurde Und nun wird Adam Zeuge, wie sein Ziehvater, der holl ndische Maler Karl, von Sukarnos Soldaten abgef hrt wird Adam will Karl um jeden Preis finden, doch sein einziger Anhaltspunkt sind alte Fotos und Briefe Sie f hren ihn in die schillernde, gef hrliche Hauptstadt Jakarta, zu Karls gro er Liebe Margaret In den Wirren des politischen Umbruchs begeben sich die beiden auf eine Suche, die tragisch zu enden droht From the author of the internationally acclaimed, Costa Award winning The Harmony Silk Factory comes an enthralling new novel that evokes an exotic yet turbulent and often frightening world 16 year old Adam is an orphan three times over He and his older brother, Johan, were abandoned by their mother as children he watched as Johan was adopted and taken away by a wealthy couple and he had to hide when Karl, the Dutch man who raised him, was arrested by soldiers during Sukarno s drive to purge 1960s Indonesia of its colonial past Adam sets out on a quest to find Karl, but all he has to guide him are some old photos and letters, which send him to the colourful, dangerous capital, Jakarta Johan, meanwhile, is living a seemingly carefree, privileged life in Malaysia, but is careening out of control, unable to forget the long ago betrayal of his helpless, trusting brother Map of the Invisible World is a masterful novel, and confirms Tash Aw as one of the most exciting young writers at work today.

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    1. Tash Aw

      Born in Taiwan to Malaysian parents, Tash Aw grew up in Kuala Lumpur before moving to England in his teens He studied law at the University of Cambridge and University of Warwick, then moved to London to write After graduating he worked at a number of jobs, including as a lawyer for four years whilst writing his debut novel, which he completed during the creative writing course at the University of East Anglia Based on royalties as well as prizes, Aw is the most successful Malaysian writer of recent years Following the announcement of the Booker longlist, the Whitbread Award and his Commonwealth Writers Prize, he became a celebrity in Malaysia and Singapore, and is now one of the most respected literary figures in Southeast Asia.

    336 thoughts on “Atlas der unsichtbaren Welt”

    1. I hate to say this, but I've found myself to possess a certain bias against stories set in Asia. Frequently they feel as though they're trying to do to many things, to take the full weight of the culture upon themselves as well as tell a coherent story, which makes them very beautiful and culturally significant, yes, but rarely makes them a good read. None of these concerns came up when reading Map. I read it in two breaths, broken up only because I stupidly decided to start reading at midnight [...]


    2. In his second novel, Tash Aw moves the setting from Malaysia to Indonesia. The story takes place on a fictional remote island and in Jakarta, the capital. Indonesia, due to many twists of fate involving both Asian and Western conquests, calls itself a country. In actuality it is a string of islands, large and small and distinct from each other.One of those islands is Bali, well known to Americans thanks to Margaret Mead's books and lectures. A cultural anthropologist, she made studies during the [...]


    3. If I could only find the words to express my deep love towards this book as beautifully as how the author had written it. It gives me such pride and bubbling hope to know that this book is written by a fellow Malaysian. Tash Aw writes with "effortless fluidity", not even close to being pretentious or trying too hard. Reading his writing almost felt surreal. It is as if I have only just been imagining the whole thing, but it couldn't have been so, as I know I'd never be able to match my imaginati [...]


    4. It seems to be trying far too hard to be ‘Important’ - Clearly the author wanted to write a novel about a Time and a Place; he did that quite successfully but a plot and interesting characters would have helped. The writing is lovely but there’s no plot and the characters are amorphous figures I could never get hold of, couldn’t connect to and nothing very much happens to them. It’s a series of tales, individuals who never mesh; they move in and out of each other’s lives but no weave [...]


    5. I really enjoyed this story that took place in Indonesia. It followed the lives of two brothers separated while young in an orphanage. The way the fighting between the government and radicals and how the young kids get caught up in all the action. I liked the descriptions the author painted of the scenes in the country. I love books that take you to distant places.


    6. I really, really liked Five Star Billionaire right up until the non-ending. I was worried this was a sign that Tash Aw just can't write endings, but I wanted to give another one of his books a try because I loved his writing so much. I'm pleased to report that while Map of the Invisible World doesn't tie up all its loose ends in a completely tidy bow, it comes close enough that the reader can leave feeling like they've read a complete story.In Map of the Invisible World, two brothers are orphane [...]


    7. i enjoy reading this book in the summer heat typically indonesian weather. this book was introduced to me as my b'day present last april from a very good friend of mine. it took me time to engaged in the first few chapter but after that i could not stop until the end. some historical details about indonesia did bothers me a little. like the use of abang karno towards the president soekarno (explain in javanese), abang is not javanese at all (more betawi or melayu). i would not be annoyed if it w [...]


    8. La carte du monde invisible« Le style de Tash Aw est à la fois puissant et fascinant, autant par sa construction narrative que son acuité psychologique ». The San Francisco Examiner Indonésie, 1964 : « l'année de tous les dangers ». La vie d'Adam, un jeune Indonésien de 16 ans, bascule le jour ou son père adoptif, Karl, peintre d'origine hollandaise, est enlevé par les hommes du président Sukarno. Adam, déjà hanté par le souvenir de son frère Johan, dont il a été séparéà l'o [...]


    9. I bought this novel because its cover is the map of Java Island, the very place where I grew up. Reading it for the first time, it got my interest since it took settings in Indonesia 1960s. This book is filled with a lot of wisdom quotes and contemplation on things that we take for granted.Unfortunately, when I came into the middle part of the story, the engagement was simply deteriorated. I don't know why, but I need to put effort to continue reading. Nonetheless, I eventually finished reading [...]



    10. I liked this book a lot. It has some good storytelling and some interesting and well crafted characters. It is getting only three stars because the storylines sort of couldn't keep me interested towards the end of the book. The writer sets up two major conflicts at the start of the book (someone gone missing, a big trauma in the past of one of the main characters which has caused him to lose memory of most of his childhood) A classic way to get your story going and keep your readers interested. [...]


    11. Unfamiliar with Indonesian history, this novel presented an aspect of Asian history that revealed the impact of colonialism on the lives of native Indonesians and expats who adopted the country as their home. The story is told through the experiences of two orphaned brothers separated by their adoptions by different families in different countries and that of an American woman university instructor living in Jakarta during the turbulent sixties when mass demonstrations and uprisings were taking [...]


    12. Romanul ăsta te ține-n priză în pofida faptului că pe alocuri deraiază spre o telenovelă cu final previzibil. Aluzia la soarta vitregă a Indoneziei și Malaysiei, separate de niște frontiere schițate la nimereală de puterile coloniale, nu e foarte subtilă deși pertinentă. În schimb vastul material informativ și ritmul alert compensează îndesat micile beteșuguri.



    13. Indonezia, în preajma independenței, străini în căutare de iubire, frați despărțiți, revolte, comunism si trecerea la maturitate.


    14. blah!!!Awalnya gw penasaran banget sama buku ini. Penasaran karena penulisnya bukan penulis lokal dan settingnya di Indonesia pasca-kolonialisme, tahun 1960-an. Gw tertarik "melihat" sudut pandang pengarang non-Indonesia tentang Indonesia itu sendiri. Dan apa yang terjadi? Gw sampe nggak tau kudu ngasih rate berapa, saking sebelnya sama buku ini!Tokoh sentral dalam buku ini:1. ADAM de Willigen: seorang bocah peranakan Indonesia - yang yatim piatu dan diangkat anak oleh pelukis Karl de Willigen. [...]


    15. Lu en français : La carte du monde invisibleUn roman captivant mélangeant histoire et quête identitaire se déroulant en Indonésie. Adam et Johan sont frères, inséparables, et orphelins. Johan est adopté (j'ose dire brutalement, un moment fort du roman) et disparaît de la vie du petit Adam. Ce dernier est adopté par Karl, un Indonésien d'origine hollandaise. Les liens se tissent entre les deux avec lenteur mais indéniablement. À 16 ans, Adam est témoin de l'enlèvement de son père [...]


    16. Ta Da! Tash wa's new novel Map of the Invisible World, is now available. Once again just as there was in his first novel, The Harmony Silk Factory, there are multiple, disparate stories and ethnicities coming together in Map. That is a huge hook for me. As is any book set outside of the U.S. All the world is exotic to me. In Map a distraught young orphan making his way to Jakarta to search for his Dutch foster father, the brother of that orphan raised in comfort in Malaysia questioning his luck [...]


    17. The book’s setting (1960s Indonesia) is interesting and, to the best of my knowledge, Aw captures the time well. His writing is sprinkled with interesting historical information, which strung me along. But there’s not much more to this book. Taw isn’t a great writer. The plot and characters are forgettable and Taw drowns you in flowery symbolism.I thought this book was written by a graduate student taking a break from a dissertation on 1960s Indonesia. A graduate student stuck in cold blea [...]


    18. This is an intriguing book with layered stories told from third person perspectives. Adam is an orphan who has trouble remembering his brother due to a traumatic separation experienced at an orphanage when he was five. He is eventually adopted by Karl de Willegen, Dutch by birth but staunchily believes he's at home in Indonesia. Margaret Bates is an American expat who gets roped in to help Adam find Karl after the latter is detained by the police and Adam discovers a photo of the young Margaret [...]


    19. Tash Aw tells a good story.This book based in the mid 60s in Indonesia, it discusses the impact of the change from Dutch Colonialism on the people of Indonesia, the rich, the poor, and those Westerners who wanted to stay part of Indonesia as it seemingly moves into civil war. The focus is on two brothers, orphaned and then separated. The oldest brother is adopted by rich Malaysians but in his late teens had been embittered and is on a path of self destruction. He is surrounded by wealth but his [...]


    20. This book seems to purposefully confound my Western preconception that novels should have clear plots with everything resolved and tied up in a nice neat package at the end. In a parallel with the Indonesian tendency to see life as uncontrollable and that "you have to just take things as they come" if you are trying to be just like everyone else in Indonesia, the story pulls one in a lot of different directions and leaves some things undecided. So I guess it's a good picture of real life in Indo [...]


    21. The first real book I read on my return to Ireland, in the aftermath of my brain-destroying, attention span-depleting thesis wind-up exercise. I'd been starting to have doubts as to whether some mental faculty had been permanently damaged in the process but in retrospect Proust and Joyce were not good companions to the writing process and all I'd really needed was a good story. This book, in addition to being very visually attractive, was that good story. Set in post-colonial Indonesia, against [...]


    22. Its been 5 years since readingThe Harmony Silk Factoryand its a wonder why.Tash Aw's writing is incredible and you truly feel the full weight of Asian culture when reading one of her books. The writing is fluid and contains a lot of wisdom quotes on things that we take for granted.I have never travelled to Jakarta - the main setting of the book - but have visited other areas of both Indonesia and Malaysia, and I thoroughly enjoyed the little pockets this book took me to.


    23. I thought the plot to be a bit basic with some cliches here and there, and lots of 'feel-good' episodes. But definitely an opportunity to learn about this exciting period in Indonesia and Southeast Asian history. There are also different scenes that make you think deeply about poverty, freedom, and life in general.


    24. Okay but not great. For a better novel that takes place in a similar time and the same location, read "The Year of Living Dangerously" by Christopher Koch (or see the movie) or just about anything by Pramoedya Anata Toer.


    25. Memories and how those memories impact the present day actions of the protagonists in this beautifully written story of Sukarno's Indonesia is the basis of the plot. The descriptions of the surroundings are vivid. This would make a terrific movie.


    26. The writing style is elegant in a simple way, making the voices feel real. With a setting across various Indonesian locations, Aw captures the rawness of Jakarta and the solitude of the Java islands. Interesting story, slow at times.


    27. This is a very atmospheric book, from the same place/time as The Year of Living Dangerously, a film I enjoyed. The description is great and I feel like I know the characters. I think I missed some of the point, it would probably bear re-reading, as there's a lot here.


    28. I heard Tash Aw speak in Chengdu in March and like this book SO much more than The Harmony Silk Factory which I read before the talk. It's fun to read a book once you've heard the authors insight / background on why they wrote the book.


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