Homo Faber

Is everything in life a coincidence or are things predestined for us How much do the decisions that we make in life influence the outcome even down to the smallest of details For globe trotting

Is everything in life a coincidence, or are things predestined for us? How much do the decisions that we make in life influence the outcome?, even down to the smallest of details?. For globe-trotting Walter Faber this is a conflict that is never really resolved, through the misadventures of a strange semi mid-life crisis, Frisch writes a poignant and sometimes shocking novel as Faber struggles to maintain his previously unwavering belief in technology, whilst human connections both past and present start to send his perfectly controlled existence spiraling out of his control.The narrator, Walter Faber, a Swiss bachelor heading towards fifty, is an analytical, headstrong but somewhat misanthropic individual, who's life is about to seriously land him on the ropes. A man of science, heading to South America on business to do with a project involving turbines. Unfortunately for him, his plane making an emergency landing in the Mexican desert was not part of the plan, and from here on in, bizarrely, Faber would face some uncanny happenings, after first of all finding his old friend Joachim dead in the jungle (the husband of Hanna, his childhood sweetheart). Later he would fall in love with a young lady, the dynamic Sabeth, whilst traveling across the Atlantic on board a ship destined for Europe (not knowing she is actually his daughter who he had with Hanna). After spending time in Italy together, an accident in Athens would bring Hanna back into Faber's life, leaving him torn between guilt and love amidst the ruins of his own fate.This has the feeling of an existential work certainly, but this novel is of greater depth when dealing with the unusual predicaments Faber finds himself in. There is an air of precision and efficiency in Frisch's writing, the restrained, repetition and rhythm combined with shifts forward and back in time create a remarkable tension. The pragmatic Faber is spare, unromantic and sometimes damn right obnoxious, a character who engenders empathy, and as the forces that be conspire against him, you can't help feel for the poor man, as of all the people on the planet (this being the 50's so the population would have been smaller than today, but even still!) he falls for the one person he shouldn't have. But he slowly starts to reveal a humanistic side not seen before, he is obliged to admit that he has found himself caught in a flood of coincidences, and dwindling to hold to this as an excuse to absolve his part in the tragedy that ultimately unfolds. At least until that is no longer possible.With respect to the women, (they basically hold the key to the stories progression) Frisch intentionally places very strong, independent women in his protagonist’s line of sight, and they are the women who hold the deepest attraction for him. my only problem (that wasn't really a problem, just something to get used to) was the long paragraphs of animated description, broken by single stark statement, set alone, which at first I found irritating but this didn't affect the flow of the narrative significantly. As for Faber, there is one line I will never forget, where he describes the towering skyscrapers of New York as 'Tombstones', this being decades before 9/11, in a sinister kind of way, it makes sense now.A viral Homo Faber Author Max Frisch go inside Kindle Max Frischs Homo faber ist eines der wichtigsten und meistgelesenen B cher des 20 Jahrhunderts Der Ingenieur Walter Faber glaubt an sein rationales Weltbild, das aber durch eine Liebesgeschichte nachhaltig zerbricht.. Max Rudolph Frisch was born in 1911 in Zurich the son of Franz Bruno Frisch an architect and Karolina Bettina Frisch n e Wildermuth After studying at the Realgymnasium in Zurich, he enrolled at the University of Zurich in 1930 and began studying German literature, but had to abandon due to financial problems after the death of his father in 1932 Instead, he started working as a journalist and columnist for the Neue Z rcher Zeitung NZZ , one of the major newspapers in Switzerland With the NZZ he would entertain a lifelong ambivalent love hate relationship, for his own views were in stark contrast to the conservative views promulgated by this newspaper In 1933 he travelled through eastern and south eastern Europe, and in 1935 he visited Germany for the first time.From 1936 to 1941 he studied architecture at the ETH Zurich His first and still best known project was in 1942, when he won the invitation of tenders for the construction of a public swimming bath right in the middle of Zurich the Letzigraben.In 1947, he met Bertolt Brecht in Zurich In 1951, he was awarded a grant by the Rockefeller Trust and spent one year in the U.S After 1955 he worked exclusively as a freelance writer His experience of postwar Europe is vividly described in his Tagebuch Diary for 1946 1949 it contains the first drafts of later fictional works.During the 1950s and 1960s Frisch created some outstanding novels that explored problems of alienation and identity in modern societies These are I m Not Stiller 1954 , Homo Faber 1957 and Wilderness of Mirrors Gantenbein 1964 In addition, he wrote some highly intelligent political dramas, such as Andorra and The Fireraisers He continued to publish extracts from his diaries These included fragments from contemporary media reports, and paradoxical questionnaires, as well as personal reflections and reportage he fell in love with a woman called Antonia Quick in 1969.Max Frisch died of cancer on April 4, 1991 in Zurich Together with Friedrich D rrenmatt, Max Frisch is considered one of the most influential Swiss writers of the 20th century He was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Marburg, Germany, in 1962, Bard College 1980 , the City University of New York 1982 , the University of Birmingham 1984 , and the TU Berlin 1987 He also won many important German literature prizes the Georg B chner Preis in 1958, the Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels in 1976, and the Heinrich Heine Preis in 1989 In 1965 he won the Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society.Some of the major themes in his work are the search or loss of one s identity guilt and innocence the spiritual crisis of the modern world after Nietzsche proclaimed that God is dead technological omnipotence the human belief that everything was possible and technology allowed humans to control everything versus fate especially in Homo faber and also Switzerland s idealized self image as a tolerant democracy based on consensus criticizing that as illusion and portraying people and especially the Swiss as being scared by their own liberty and being preoccupied mainly with controlling every part of their life.Max Frisch was a political man, and many of his works make reference to or, as in Jonas und sein Veteran, are centered around political issues of the timeformation was taken fromenpedia wiki Max_Frisch. Bestseller Ebook Homo Faber April 20, 2011:I bought this book in 1979 and read it sometime in the early 80's.It's only a couple of hundred pages, so when Praj asked me to review it, I thought, hey, why not re-read it (even though I very rarely re-read books).April 22, 2011:Re-reading this novel has been a total revelation.Firstly, I had previously rated it four stars from memory. Now I have upgraded it to five stars.It's not just good, it's great, one of the best books I've read.Secondly, I haven't seen the Volker Schlondorff film "Voyager", which is based on the novel.If it is anywhere near as good as the book, I will seek out the film with a passion.About the Right LengthI have read numerous books that were anywhere in length between 300 and 1,000 pages long.However, there is something in me that feels that 200 pages is just the right length.In the early days of the internet (when grazing seemed to have superseded dining), I thought everybody would head in this direction, and that the days of the epic were over.I was clearly wrong, but I still feel that, if an author has a 600 page book in them, they should write three 200 page novels (or at most two 300 page novels).Hit the ground running, say what you want to say, don't subject us to the risk of boredom, finish it and move onto the next novel.It's ironic that I'm about to start "The Pale King".But "Homo Faber" does just this.Some Short, Sharp ExamplesI have read a few novels that more or less live up to my prescription and are perfect as well.Camus' "The Stranger" is one.Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice" is another.Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness".Nabokov's "Lolita"."Tourmaline" by Randolph Stow.To these great novels, I would now add "Homo Faber".Towards Crystalline PerfectionGiven the relatively small canvas, what matters to me is the crystalline perfection of the prose.Not a word wasted, not a word that I would change.Circumnavigating the PlotI don't think it is fair to you to summarise or hint at the plot.It is not a detailed or hyperactive plot.The narrator (Walter Faber) finds himself in a number of related predicaments that conspire to reach a resolution, almost despite Faber's reluctance or inability to seize the initiative and direct or change the course of his life.In retrospect, each predicament is an existentialist challenge to the certainty of his worldview and the way he (and we) live our lives.Walter's Tanned and TonedPart of the novel's appeal is the tone that derives from the unlikely character of Walter.He is no hero, but neither is he an anti-hero.He is a thin, wiry, 1950's Swiss engineer, a technologist, a believer in the reign of rationality over sentiment.The Age of Aquarius isn't even on the horizon.The tale is by him as well as about him.His tone is dry and clinical, like an engineer's report.Initially, he is world-weary, detached, disengaged, sarcastic, resigned.You laugh at his interaction with the world, but it's not in your face comic farce per se, it's a serious farce scaling its way up to an immodest tragedy.He's hanging on in quiet desperation (not just the English way, but the Swiss way as well).Then things start to happen to him, some good, some bad.Bit by bit, he becomes more engaged, more interactive, more hopeful.Only to experience the greatest sadness I can conceive of.Walter's WomenIt's not giving anything away to say that Walter's plight revolves around the women in his life.Given the relative absence of women friends, he is typical of many men in that he can only relate to a woman in one of three ways: in their capacity as mother, lover/wife or daughter.This not only shapes the relationships in his life, it shapes him and the women as well.The Feel, the Craft, the FinishThe novel starts dry, but builds quietly and confidently towards its end.Max Frisch is a master of his craft.An architect himself, Frisch's novel is immaculately conceived, flawlessly constructed and consummately delivered.On time, on budget.Ultimately, it defines the existentialist plight with both a rational and an emotional sensibility. I realise that I haven't given you much to go on but my enthusiasm, but if you can find a copy, I guarantee that you will be hooked from the first sentence and you won't be able to stop.Many thanks to Praj for prompting me to revisit the book and re-discover a classic of the second half of the last century.P.S. Volker Schlöndorff Discusses His Film "Voyager [Homo Faber]" in 2011http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb52Ii...
Homo faber Homo Faber Definition of Homo Faber by Merriam Webster Definition of homo faber the human being as the maker or creator in Bergsonism the human being as engaged in transforming both the self morally and material things contrasted with homo Homo Faber novel Homo Faber by Max Frisch In anthropology, Homo Faber is man as creator, manipulator of technology, as opposed to Homo Ludens, man as player But creator can also be destroyer This novel is narrated by a jaded engineer, with the hardened cynicism of a Meursault or a Philip Marlowe. Homo Faber trois femmes Aug , Homo Faber trois femmes A man narrates his liaisons with three women We only see what he sees he remains off screen and there are no dialogues, just his post synchronised voice. Homo Faber Homo Faber is the premier event organized by the Michelangelo Foundation, an international non profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, which celebrates and preserves master craftsmanship around the world and strengthen its connection to the world of design. Homo Faber Voyager Rotten Tomatoes Feb , Audience Reviews for Homo Faber Voyager Apr , This was actually a pretty good movie, even though it had a pretty gross twist towards Homo Faber Study Guide GradeSaver Homo Faber caused an immediate response among readers and critics There are echoes of autobiography in the work, but not as much as in his other novels The most direct linkage between Walter Faber and Max Frisch is that in his youth Frisch was engaged to a German Jewess who ultimately broke it off because she felt that Frisch did not love her.

  1. Max Rudolph Frisch was born in 1911 in Zurich the son of Franz Bruno Frisch an architect and Karolina Bettina Frisch n e Wildermuth After studying at the Realgymnasium in Zurich, he enrolled at the University of Zurich in 1930 and began studying German literature, but had to abandon due to financial problems after the death of his father in 1932 Instead, he started working as a journalist and columnist for the Neue Z rcher Zeitung NZZ , one of the major newspapers in Switzerland With the NZZ he would entertain a lifelong ambivalent love hate relationship, for his own views were in stark contrast to the conservative views promulgated by this newspaper In 1933 he travelled through eastern and south eastern Europe, and in 1935 he visited Germany for the first time.From 1936 to 1941 he studied architecture at the ETH Zurich His first and still best known project was in 1942, when he won the invitation of tenders for the construction of a public swimming bath right in the middle of Zurich the Letzigraben.In 1947, he met Bertolt Brecht in Zurich In 1951, he was awarded a grant by the Rockefeller Trust and spent one year in the U.S After 1955 he worked exclusively as a freelance writer His experience of postwar Europe is vividly described in his Tagebuch Diary for 1946 1949 it contains the first drafts of later fictional works.During the 1950s and 1960s Frisch created some outstanding novels that explored problems of alienation and identity in modern societies These are I m Not Stiller 1954 , Homo Faber 1957 and Wilderness of Mirrors Gantenbein 1964 In addition, he wrote some highly intelligent political dramas, such as Andorra and The Fireraisers He continued to publish extracts from his diaries These included fragments from contemporary media reports, and paradoxical questionnaires, as well as personal reflections and reportage he fell in love with a woman called Antonia Quick in 1969.Max Frisch died of cancer on April 4, 1991 in Zurich Together with Friedrich D rrenmatt, Max Frisch is considered one of the most influential Swiss writers of the 20th century He was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Marburg, Germany, in 1962, Bard College 1980 , the City University of New York 1982 , the University of Birmingham 1984 , and the TU Berlin 1987 He also won many important German literature prizes the Georg B chner Preis in 1958, the Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels in 1976, and the Heinrich Heine Preis in 1989 In 1965 he won the Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society.Some of the major themes in his work are the search or loss of one s identity guilt and innocence the spiritual crisis of the modern world after Nietzsche proclaimed that God is dead technological omnipotence the human belief that everything was possible and technology allowed humans to control everything versus fate especially in Homo faber and also Switzerland s idealized self image as a tolerant democracy based on consensus criticizing that as illusion and portraying people and especially the Swiss as being scared by their own liberty and being preoccupied mainly with controlling every part of their life.Max Frisch was a political man, and many of his works make reference to or, as in Jonas und sein Veteran, are centered around political issues of the timeformation was taken fromenpedia wiki Max_Frisch

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  1. April 20, 2011 I bought this book in 1979 and read it sometime in the early 80 s.It s only a couple of hundred pages, so when Praj asked me to review it, I thought, hey, why not re read it even though I very rarely re read books.April 22, 2011 Re reading this novel has been a total revelation.Firstly, I had previously rated it four stars from memory Now I have upgraded it to five stars.It s not just good, it s great, one of the best books I ve read.Secondly, I haven t seen the Volker Schlondorff [...]


  2. And now here at last is a real book for grown ups Intelligent and utterly unsentimental, Homo Faber would, I feel, have been wasted on me if I d read it ten years ago now it strikes me as extraordinary This is unlike most novels, which, if not actually aimed at people in their late teens and early twenties, seem to resonate most strongly with that intense and exciting age group As it happens, Walter Faber, the central character of this novel, does not read novels at all He can t see the point A [...]


  3. Is everything in life a coincidence, or are things predestined for us How much do the decisions that we make in life influence the outcome , even down to the smallest of details For globe trotting Walter Faber this is a conflict that is never really resolved, through the misadventures of a strange semi mid life crisis, Frisch writes a poignant and sometimes shocking novel as Faber struggles to maintain his previously unwavering belief in technology, whilst human connections both past and present [...]


  4. Warning contains major spoilers for Sophie s WorldManfred, my inner German child, is looking even smugger and annoying than usual I m not a child any , he informs me I m grown up I read Max Frisch s Homo Faber You are a child, Manfred, I sigh You re only three Three and a half, says Manfred with a little less confidence Three and a half if you like, I agree And you didn t understand that book It was too difficult for you Did so, says Manfred Okay, Manfred, I say If you understood it, why don t [...]


  5. What a difference a reread makes Now I want to seize everybody in turn by the lapels and say read this book and then read it again.Unusually I know when I had the book for the first time, the Easter of 1995, there s an inscription in my Mother s handwriting on a flyleaf with that date Now I ve read it again, but also read it for the first time You can t read the same book twice since you never can be the same reader.The narrator doesn t see things that way He is told technology.e knack of so arr [...]


  6. I had never heard of this book, or of its author, but boy am I glad I decided to buy it on a whim It is a work that deserves to stand with Camus and Sartre in its penetration of the modern condition an understanding of which is in each case elucidated through the perspective of a misanthrope The protagonist, Faber, is an engineer, who is characterised by certain stereotypically male traits he lacks empathy, and is logical and analytical to the point of inhumanity He treats significant events eve [...]


  7. A Swiss Heart of DarknessAn engineer with an engineering outlook on life, the eponymous Homo Walter Faber believes in the randomness of existence But he fails to recognise that such randomness is equivalent to a kind of cosmic spontaneity And that such spontaneity implies some sort of spirit He insists on the absolute disjunction between spirit and matter The former is emotional, sentimental and soft The latter is masculine and what constitutes reality, what can be measured, assembled and disass [...]


  8. Nothing is harder than to accept oneself Max Frisch.Walter Faber is a paradigm of collective identity v s self identity, rationality v s irrationality and providence v s concurrence counter positioning free will You cannot find yourself anywhere except in yourself Frisch portrays the contradictory worlds of methodical reasonableness and the quandary of being a mortal Walter believes in what he nurtures As a technologist working for UNESCO, he lives in the present and connects with the world thro [...]


  9. This book is required reading in many schools in Germany Crazy idea What are the children supposed to get out of it And so are the ratings and reviews here and elsewhere by the young ones Unfavorable I have, I believe, seen the film one time But have forgotten all about it.Homo Faber is Walter Faber Engineer Lives by the motto f r einen Ingen r ist nichts zu schw r Constructs his world around technology Writes letters in the desert after an emergency landing on a typewriter mechanical Feels at h [...]


  10. oh my god I am so glad to be done with this tortuous book I appreciate the other reviewers who point out the reasons for this story s existence It is very well written and I suppose it serves to remind us not to live like robots, to have feelings Fortunately I don t live like a robot and I already have many feelings, thank you very much, so for me reading this was like spending hours and hours with a depressed and depressing very sad old man who is telling me all his regrets without even really [...]


  11. On the surface a straightforward story, simple and resembling a parable but like a parable capable of many interpretations and readable on than one level Walter faber is a rational man who believes in technology, a creature of habit A series of events disrupt his settled life A plane crash, a chance meeting with the brother of an old friend, a visit to the friend in central america, whose body they discover at his home Then there ia a boat journey across the Atlantic Faber, a middle aged man, m [...]


  12. A series of number cropping up everywhere you look a lotto winning combination A girl or a boy you meet, accidentally, in several unlikely places we are meant for each other A sudden inclement weather on a scheduled date for a job interview a better job is waiting for me elsewhere Coincidences, synchronicity people read meanings from them, even the atheists or those who believe in the pure randomness of the world.An author who can create a world, and horrify you with it e.g Elias Canetti in Auto [...]


  13. I can t believe this book is under the category unpopular books this is one of books that have influenced me the most The story of this man destined to become a robot, ignoring his emotions, trying to avoid suffering and depending always on logic and system, is a story of people in the 20th century What we know now about emotional intelligence is what Max Faber lacks If someone is interested in the depths and miseries of the human soul, he should read this book Morover the language is so clear a [...]



  14. i truly hate this book i had to read it in class once and create a frikking presentation my mood drops several degrees when only thinking about this crappy book HIGHLY NOT RECOMMENDED



  15. In trying to make sense of Homo Faber, I feel as ill equipped to do so as the other reviews lead me to believe Walter Faber as he exists at the start of the novel would be if you asked him to explain the meaning of life and human existence He d go Umm, to assemble propellers , right So I m led to believe But why is that Did I miss the part where Frisch explains why his cold, isolated engineer, who doesn t want to be chattered at by some stranger on his long haul flight the utter git , ended up t [...]


  16. I m not going to lie Homo Faber was a difficult story to read We meet a restless and unfeeling man called Walter Faber, who understands the world only through reason and technology At the beginning of the novel, Faber travels to South America, but the plane crashes in the Mexican desert Despite being stranded in the desert for several days, Faber does not lose his temper and fixates his mind on playing chess to pass the time By chance, he learns that a fellow passenger is the brother of his form [...]




  17. A friend of mine, originally from Lichtenstein, read my first book and then immediately suggested that I read Max Frisch s Homo Faber He described it as a standard lit class novel in German language high schools throughout Europe, and I cringed with the notion that it would be boring as hell When he told me that it was from one of the most famous Swiss authors and that it would be interesting to read his 1950 s take on Switzerland, M xico and the US all places I ve lived as well as some of the s [...]


  18. 2 kere 2 nin 4 etti i bir d nyada ya arken bir anda ge mi i ile y zle mek durumunda kalan Mr Faber in hikayesi Homo Faber Kimi zaman ne yapt anla lm yor, kimi zaman ise kendi mant na g re en iyisini yap yor Garip bir karakter, teknik adam tabiri zerine cuk oturuyor te yandan Amerikan toplumu ve Amerikanvari ya am, k rtaj, yaln zla ma gibi konulardaki d nceleriyle potansiyel bir sosyolog.Ama karakter hakk nda yle bir s k nt var ki, kitap bitti inde hala anlayamam t m Kendi z k z oldu unu d nd Sab [...]


  19. There aren t any prehistoric monsters any Why should I imagine them I m sorry, but I don t see any stone angels either nor demons I see what I see the usual shapes due to erosion and also my long shadow on the sand, but no ghosts Walter Faber is a pragmatist and he lives as if he is blown by the wind he is a ship without an anchor and there is no haven for him in the sea of life and there is no place he can call his own And in this endless roaming and his genuflection before the soulless techno [...]


  20. I had to read this for school and it was better than all the other books I ve read for school I actually enjoyed it and it was really quick and easy to read.


  21. Homo Faber oder der Anti dipus in der modernen Welt Versuch einer subjektiven Interpretation des Gefallens enth lt Spoiler Rezensionen und Anmerkungen zu Homo Faber gibt es zuhauf, und die Meinung zu dem Werk ist je nach Quelle gr tenteils gut bis sehr gut Nichtsdestotrotz stelle ich mir sehr oft die Frage, warum denn das Werk so besonders anspricht Diese Frage soll im folgenden beantwortet werden, wobei das Ganze rein subjektiv zu verstehen.Homo Faber erz hlt von einer vergangenen Welt Zumindes [...]


  22. Homo Faber un romanzo del 1957 scritto dallo scrittore e architetto svizzero Max Frisch.Walter Faber un ingegnere svizzero che lavora per l Unesco e trascorre la maggior parte del suo tempo in viaggio per i paesi sottosviluppati.Faber un uomo razionale che vede ogni cosa come un insieme di numeri e probabilit ,crede che i sentimenti siano sinonimi di stanchezza ed affaticato dagli esseri umani.Si potrebbe parlare molto del protagonista del suo carattere cinico e insensibile o della sua indiffere [...]


  23. Um Gottes Willen Endlich geschafft Meiner Meinung nach v llig berbewertet Ein 200 Seiten langes blablablablablablabla Wenn man die Namen Hanna und Sabeth aus dem Buch l schen w rde, w r es wahrscheinlich nur 50 Seiten lang Sabeth macht dies, Sabeth macht das, Hanna will weg aus Griechenland, Hanna will doch in Athen bleiben Bla bla bla.



  24. Era da molto che volevo leggere questo libro, ma non riuscivo mai a trovarne una copia tra l usato Poco tempo fa l ho trovata e dopo tanto cercare non ho voluto rimandarne la lettura Il libro mi piaciuto anche se mi aspettavo molto di pi perch ne avevo sentito parlare benissimo e quindi forse vivevo di aspettative La traduzione italiana lascia un po a desiderare perch c erano delle espressioni che non avevano molto senso Penso che in futuro lo legger anche in tedesco.La valutazione che si d ai l [...]


  25. Unbelievably compelling a spiraling of complexity and madness Almost any description would be a spoiler, but in its simplest form a very model of the modern and detached Swiss modernist is thrust into a whirlwind increasingly beyond his understanding When epiphany arrives, death and insanity are its companions She thought it stupid of a woman to want to be understood by a man the man said Hanna wants the woman to be a mystery, so that he can be inspired and excited by his own incomprehension The [...]


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