Navid Kermani

Große Liebe

© Carl Hanser Verlag, München, 2014Navid Kermani: Große Liebe © Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich, 2014100 chapters altogether, timidly reflecting the great myth of “1001 Nights“. Numerically, each chapter counts just one page, but often a chapter covers two, three or more pages. The period of time described in the book is a little less than week, “from the beginning until the separation“. Yet these few days continue to this day, measured by the vehemence and presence of remembrance in the narrator’s life. Time and remembrance are an easily-deceived pair. (…) Kermani tells in the third person of the awakening of the boy who was undoubtedly he himself. “He loved for the first time at the age of fifteen and has never again loved so greatly.”

Thus, tragedy and beauty have been named. (…) He discovers the girl of his desires in the smokers’ corner of the schoolyard, which is off limits for him as a younger pupil. The miracle happens. (…) “Große Liebe” (Great Love) is a sly, multifaceted treatment of the passage of time and a short, inspiring novel about the power of love and the truth of poetry: this is a wise, moving and captivating book.

Verena Auffermann: „Die Schöne vom Schulhof“
© Literaturen, Spring 2014

Navid Kermani
Große Liebe
Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich, 2014
ISBN 978-3-446-24474-0
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