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En un mundo en paulatina destrucción por la acción del hombre, el profesor Zeno Hintermeier vive la desaparición de “su” glaciar como una pérdida propia. Decide dejar su cátedra y embarcarse como guía en cruceros turísticos que viajan a la Antártida, ansiando encontrar en el último rincón natural del planeta el silencio cargado de verdad que tanto anhela. Ni siquiera entreEn un mundo en paulatina destrucción por la acción del hombre, el profesor Zeno Hintermeier vive la desaparición de “su” glaciar como una pérdida propia. Decide dejar su cátedra y embarcarse como guía en cruceros turísticos que viajan a la Antártida, ansiando encontrar en el último rincón natural del planeta el silencio cargado de verdad que tanto anhela. Ni siquiera entre los amantes de la naturaleza encuentra un alma gemela que sienta la tragedia del planeta de forma tan intensa como él; guías, periodistas y pasajeros consiguen dormir sin pesadillas y volverán a su rutina tras la travesía. Tal vez sea necesaria una acción más radical....

Title : DesHielo
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ISBN : 9788415539186
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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DesHielo Reviews

  • Anna
    2019-05-06 15:20

    I am always in search of novels about climate change, which should have a great deal more literature about it than is in fact the case. Please recommend me any you find! In 'The Lamentations of Zeno', I was disappointed to find strong echoes of McEwan’s Solar, which I attempted to read then abandoned in annoyance. Once again, a man uses climate change as window dressing for his midlife crisis. It is a potentially civilisation-ending threat, so really deserves better than that. Just as with Solar, I was left wondering why I should give a damn about this man’s tedious love-life when the stability of the earth’s climate is at stake. Neither McEwan nor Trojanow managed to make me care about their narrator, or even believe that they actually studied climate change. Moreover, said narrators seemed very unlikely to be meaningfully affected by climate-related disaster. Basically, I don’t want literature that drapes climate change around flimsily as a backdrop for stories about middle aged men’s marital difficulties. I want books that explore the meanings and consequences of climate change for people’s lived experience. Examples I’ve come across are Flight Behaviour (which manages to have a marital difficulties sub-plot without it dominating) and The Carbon Diaries 2015 (which remains a great climate change novel despite the title being overtaken by time).I am willing to concede that ‘The Lamentations of Zeno’ quite possibly loses something in translation, especially the metatextual interludes at the end of each chapter. These didn’t really work for me; John Brunner did the same thing far better in Stand on Zanzibar. (Actually, Brunner’s The Sheep Look Up is a brilliant, devastating novel about environmental pollution. As it was written 1972, however, climate change was not mentioned.) Although the setup of a jaded glaciologist leading an Antarctic cruise for the very rich seemed ideally suited to interesting environmental commentary, not much materialised. The odd incident stood out, generally involving penguins, but the narrative was weighed down by awkward, pointless sex scenes and digressive anecdotes. The blurb claims it, ‘recalls the experimentation of high-modernist fiction without compromising a limpid sense of place or the pace of its narrative’. I’m afraid I must disagree on all fronts. As a novel novel it felt conventional rather than experimental to me, had very little sense of place, and the narrative pace was glacial (sorry, couldn’t resist). Quite possibly this is a great work of literature that merely failed to be what I expected and wanted. If you weren't bored by Ian McEwan's Solar, perhaps you might like it. Just don’t expect to find anything meaningful about climate change within.

  • Devi
    2019-04-30 13:34

    Volle Punktzahl für dieses Buch. Der Schreibstil. Der überzeugende Protagonist. Die drei Sichtweisen im Buch. Und vor allem, dass was man am Ende als Leser mitnehmen kann. Mein Herz schlägt jedenfalls jedesmal höher, wenn ich Bücher lesen kann, bei denen die Antarktis die Hauptrolle spielt. Ach ja, Sensationstouristen, Kreuzfahrtsschiffreisen, Journalisten - ohne Verstand und ignorante Menschen an Orten, die sie besuchen und nicht beherrschen sind mir auch zuwider.

  • Hanna
    2019-04-26 16:31

    Trojanow formuliert himmlisch, man möchte seine Sätze laut lesen um sie sich auf der Zunge zergehen zu lassen.Mit Zeno Hintermeier hat Trojanow einen wunderbaren Erzähler kreiert, der mit enormer Plastizität vor dem inneren Auge entsteht.EisTau ist eine großartige Gesellschaftskritik und liest sich zügig.

  • Kelsi H
    2019-05-17 20:34

    Please check out all of my reviews at!Zeno Hintermeier’s lamentations are endless, as he takes us on a journey in this novel. Not only is his marriage failing and his career faltering, he is also undergoing an existential crisis due to the melting of the polar ice caps. Zeno is a geologist, and he has been watching the progress of global warming throughout his lifetime. Now, as a scientist working as a tour guide on a cruise ship, he has a front row seat to the potential end of the world.Overqualified for his job as tour guide, Zeno feels superior to his coworkers and especially to the guests on the ship. As they traverse the Antarctic, he finds new and powerful ways to convey the rapid loss of the glaciers, desperate to make the tourists take this tragedy seriously. The tourists, meanwhile, are more interested in taking selfies with penguins and gorging themselves on cruise ship buffet dinners. In his desperation, Zeno creates an extreme wake-up call for the effects of global warming – and it almost ends in tragedy. In his sixties, Zeno is in the process of looking back at his life, and lamenting all he has lost. With the end of his marriage, he has taken a lover on the cruise ship, but he doesn’t see her as an equal in passion and intelligence. His career has become irrelevant, and his behavior is increasingly erratic. The melting of the ice caps pushes him over the edge, bringing back memories of a colder, idealized past. The novel becomes more complex as Zeno’s inner world begins to unravel.Zeno’s personal issues are a small-scale view of what can be lost in a lifetime. The larger issue of global warming then becomes a haunting view of our entire existence as a species – and the potential for an end to the world we know. Zeno recognizes the fragility of the glaciers, and how we don’t appreciate them until they are almost gone – much like other aspects of his personal life. This novel brings humanity to the struggle to preserve the natural world. It is a small book, but it is packed with ideas that must be understood slowly and deeply. I received this novel from Verso Books in exchange for an honest review.

  • Emilio
    2019-05-04 16:28

    A great short novel that manages to bring together themes of personal heartbreak, the aimlessness of life and the destruction of the earth without cheap moralising.

  • Lisa Beaulieu
    2019-05-13 16:40

    Read this book! Read it now!I cannot believe the low ratings and bad reviews, but I am always on the outside. What can I say, if you generally agree with my likes and dislikes in books, you gotta read this!It's the story of a geologist who is given a glacier to study in the Alps (and who knew that was a thing? The book is full of interesting facts like this.) His glacier dies, and with it, his hope that things will get better and people will pay attention to the environmental disasters around us. He can't bear to keep teaching, so takes a job on a boat giving lectures to vacationers visiting Antarctica. This way he can at least be among the glaciers he loves.The book is a log he writes on a trip. He muses over his former life, he writes about the passengers, and his coworkers on the cruise. Again, we get fascinating info about whales from a fellow lecturer on board, about penguins and other birds from the bird lecturer. Poor Zeno is a voice crying in the wilderness though - the others also understand what is at stake, but haven't gotten to the same point of despair he has. He's a modern Cassandra, and no one is listening.There is a Christo-ish artist also on board as a passenger, and he wants to do a pro-environmental art piece in the Antarctic. It's a spot on send up of how we all make ourselves feel good, while doing nothing to little to make any real change. As one passenger says "I'll do anything to help the environment" when given the chance to participate in the art project ... knowing darned well nothing will change in his life when he gets home.It's pretty upsetting to read, because I am a despairer myself. But the writing is amazing! There are so so so many beautiful lines I stopped jotting, and am just going to buy my own copy of the book to underline to my heart's content. Plus, it's an important book (I think) and I want to both support the author for writing it for us, and share it with ANYONE I can get to read it.There's been mention that people didn't like the staccato, confusing, jumbled ends of each chapter, but I thought they were a perfect contrast, the first part being the above the water reasonableness Zeno was still showing, the second part of the chapter the terror, the horror, the despair and desperation beneath the surface, like an iceberg. It's the below the surface that gets you in the end.

  • Leif
    2019-05-01 14:25

    At one moment, it was possible to think of self-annihilation as a beautiful thing: aim the (space) ship into the heart of the sun and set controls for cruise... no more, given the preponderance of our sociopolitical decisions to annihilate this planet's biological existence – as we know it, anyway. Trojanow rehabilitates this strange relationship. Take one glaciologist, angry and old. Add him to the crew of a cruise ship that profits from the disappearing beauty of the Antarctic world. Mix with a celebrity artist whose risible plans take up no more narrative space than they deserve. Narrate the inevitable history of environmental destruction as a prism for social relationships. Set the controls for cruise...

  • Märi Mag blumen
    2019-05-11 12:44

    Brillant. Präzise, schöne Sprache und eine vielschichtige Handlung. Ein spannender, fast schon zynischer Kommentar auf das Selbstverständnis des Menschen in Bezug auf die Umwelt.

  • Laurie
    2019-04-29 18:38

    Lyrical novel and homage to vanishing ice. No love lost for humans, especially en masse.

  • Whatthelog
    2019-05-19 14:31

    ‘The Lamentations of Zeno’ is a novel of ice, art, and humanity. Written by Ilja Trojanow and published by Verso Books, it adds a new dimension to the discussion of climate change.Zeno Hintermeier is not a likeable character. He’s a misanthropic, vaguely misogynistic, generally maddened old man – and I absolutely love it. He is exactly the character you need for fiction like this, I think. The other characters complain about him being preach-y, but I don’t think he is at all. He adds a very personal element to eco-novels: while we do see the general collapse of the Arctic, we also focus on his personal collapse. He and the ice are one and the same, which absolutely fascinated me. Without giving too much away, I think that the novel also created an interesting space to talk about eco-terrorism, which I would love to explore further.The novel is quite modernist. There are wonderful pieces of stream of consciousness which skims over the thoughts of every passenger on the Arctic cruise. Not only is it well-written, but this is technically where the action/climax of the novel occurs. I really liked this, as it allowed the main passages of the novel to really dig into Zeno’s thoughts and experiences, whilst still maintaining suspense. I could see how a reader might find this annoying – we don’t actually get to see the climax of the story! – but I enjoyed this very much.As I mentioned, this is stunningly well-written. From the offset the cold and the ice seem to permeate every aspect of the novel. I would not have thought that this was Trojanow’s first novel, as it was so well constructed. Furthermore, Zeno’s inner voice was at times absolutely spot-on. I particularly enjoyed the various grumblings about tourists, and how annoying they can be. As someone who used to live in a popular tourist destination, I thought his observations were hilariously astute.If you’re passionate about the environment, read this. If you’re not, you should probably read it anyway.

  • Shaunna
    2019-04-27 13:50

    Not my typical style. It took several chapters before I got into the rambling at the end of each chapter but eventually it hooked me. I definitely understood why Zeno did what he did- as a climate scientist I often feel like I am screaming into the darkness.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-18 13:39

    Wenn moralisch Standpunkt zu beziehen und dabei recht zu haben schon gute Literatur wäre, dann würde es sich hier um ein sehr gelungenes Buch handeln. Leider führt das eine nicht zwangsläufig zum anderen.Zeno, Trojanows Protagonist, ist seines Zeichens Glaziologe. Sein Leben hat er dem Eis gewidmet, mit etwas was Liebe gleicht, wacht er über seinen Alpengletscher. Als ihm dieser im Zuge der globalen Erwärmung wegschmilzt, wirft er seine akademische Karriere über den Haufen und heuert an auf einem Kreuzfahrtschiff, wo er fortan Touristen sein Wissen über das Eis vermittelt. Dort fällt er, wenn er es vorher nicht schon war, als Konsequenz seiner Liebe zur Natur langsam der Menschverachtung anheim. Nur schwerlich kann man sich des Verdachts erwehren, dass die Distanz zwischen Protagonist und Autor hier nur eine hauchdünne ist. "'Ich bin es müde, Mensch zu sein" lässt er Zeno sagen - man wäre gern berührt davon und ist es nicht.Seltsam leblos ist Trojanow dieser Charakter geraten, wie auch der Rest des Plots vor Sendungsbewusstsein zwar strotzt, aber eigenartig konstruiert und forciert erscheint. Die gesamte Komposition aus Handlung und journalistischen Einschüben (im Falle des Hörbuchs auch Musik) scheint erdacht um aufzurütteln, so vordergründig, dass das Gegenteil eintritt: selten hat mich Gelesenes so kalt gelassen, obwohl ich Achtung habe vor der Motivation des Autors, auch vor seinem Mut ganz klar Stellung zu beziehen.

  • Cenhner Scott
    2019-05-16 16:46

    A ver, de qué se trata este libro. Un tipo tiene un matrimonio desastroso, que termina en divorcio previo revoleo de platos. Su trabajo consiste en estudiar un glaciar, hasta que un día descubre que el glaciar no existe más. Después de un periodo de depresión (por lo del glaciar, no por el divorcio) retoma su trabajo pero ahora como guía turística en cruceros por la Antártida. Por motivos que tenían bastante sentido durante la lectura pero ahora no podría explicar, el tipo decide aprovechar un momento en el que los turistas y la tripulación bajan del barco para robárselo y tomarse el palo.Ups, tenía que haber dicho que eso es el final.Está escrito muy, demasiado rebuscado, al límite constante del fluir de la conciencia (algunos capítulos parecen directamente fluir de la conciencia de varias personas al mismo tiempo). Y pasa eso que dije antes: uno logra sentir un poco de empatía para con el personaje (un poco), pero una vez que salís de la novela no podes explicar por qué hace lo que hace.

  • Mandy
    2019-04-29 15:33

    Zeno is a jaded, disillusioned and angry glaciologist, who knows that the ice-cap is melting and is distraught at the destruction of the environment he so much loves. He works as a tour guide on an Atlantic cruise ship where he has to contend with the ignorance and superficiality of the guests. The reader enters into Zeno’s thought processes and this doesn’t always make for easy reading. This is a novel that demands the reader’s concentration but then the destruction of our environment is indeed a serious subject and so deserves our concentration. In some ways the book is a polemic about global warming and climate change, but it’s also an insightful and thoughtful exploration of one man’s reaction to impending disaster. The descriptions are vivid and evocative, and we get to know Zeno in all his world-weariness. Well-crafted and well-paced, this is a novel that makes the reader think, and brings an important issue to life in a lively and intelligent way.

  • Ellen Lambrichts
    2019-05-14 18:20

    Een bioloog vertwijfelt bij het zien sterven van 'zijn' gletsjer, waardoor in hem iets onherroepelijk breekt. Bij een volgende quasi toeristische cruise naar antarctica, waar onze bioloog als excursieleider fungeert, culmineert zijn ontgoocheling in de mensheid in een licht drama.Misschien overleeft dit boek de tijd niet, het thema is het alvast wel waard, en helaas typerend voor onze tijd. Tijdens het lezen schoot me regelmatig de gedachte door het hoofd of een eventuele lezer die dit boek over pakweg vijftig jaar zou lezen, zou denken: 'A ja, de jaren '10, dat was de tijd waarin we nog iets hadden kunnen doen aan de klimaatverandering', net zoals je bij het lezen van Hemingway in je achterhoofd houdt dat hij in de jazz-age schreef en de wereld net veranderd was door de Groote Oorlog...Laten we hopen van niet.

  • World Literature Today
    2019-04-28 13:28

    "Zeno Hintermeier is named for the founder of Stoicism, a central tenet of which is that we should live in accord with nature and that we should promote moral progress. The demise of the Alpine glacier to which Hintermeier has devoted his scholarly life palpably demonstrates that today’s consumerist humans certainly do not live in such accord. What to do? His work at the institute thus essentially over, Zeno gamely follows a colleague’s suggestion to give lectures to tourists traveling to the Antarctic. Now in his fourth year on the MS Hansen, he has just been elevated to expedition leader, and this is where he begins the notebook we read." - Ulf ZimmermanThis book was reviewed in the September/October 2016 issue of World Literature Today magazine. Read the full review by visiting our website:

  • Riet
    2019-05-26 17:30

    Goed geschreven roman over milieu activisme. Een wetenschapper, die gletsjers bestudeert, houdt daar mee op omdat zijn meest geliefde gletsjer gesmolten is. Hij wordt dan spreker op cruises naar antarctica. Ook daar gaat het niet goed met het milieu, mede door het toerisme, waaraan hij zelf ook schuld heeft. Hij draait door en wordt - als zovel radicale milieu activisten - gevaarlijk voor de mensen. Volgens mij is een deel van het boek gebaserd op een reele gebeurtenis: het maken van een kunstwrk met mensen, die samen een groot SOS vormen op het land van Antarctica.

  • Steve
    2019-05-06 20:40

    Trojanow’s prose is spare, evocative, pointed, and wry. But his protagonist's despair left me feeling hollowed out by the novel's conclusion. I reviewed this book at length onMedium , and reposted in my Goodreads blog:Desperate books aren't suited to desperate times .

  • Kasa Cotugno
    2019-04-27 17:21

    I had a tough time with this book because it is so densely plotted despite its relatively short length. I have never read another like it, wherein the main character and narrator is coming apart at the seams so completely, lamenting the changing world, his disintegrated marriage and the effects of global warming. It was difficult at times to ascertain whether he was rambling or recounting, but the overall quality of the prose, careful if unorthodox style and message raised it to a solid 4 star rating.

  • John Treat
    2019-04-26 12:33

    I would have thought a book by a Bulgarian raised in Africa and who has learned German well enough to write in it would be interesting. I was mistaken. This book is nothing-- not about anything, except maybe the "lament" of a failed heterosexual to find anything joyful in that state of being. Totally self-involved, narcissistic, truth-less. Note to me: remember not to trust what you read in the NEW TYORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW.

  • Peter
    2019-05-24 17:20

    Ich habe viele Artikel von Trojanow und natürlich den Weltensammler gelesen. Eistau hängt so ein wenig dazwischen. Kein Artikel mehr aber auch noch nicht ein Roman. Leider. Stilistisch gefällt mir Trojanow aber trotzdem.

  • Athena
    2019-05-05 16:28

    The existential journey of a scientist. An evocative, unsettling but also tender story from Ilija Trojanov.

  • Gail M
    2019-05-24 20:28

    I really love books about antarctica and this in particular, if you like glaciers, is excellent. Something seems to have been lost in translation though, particularly the interlude pages.