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An eighteenth-century prince devotes his entire wealth and the energy of his subjects to the creation of Rreinnstadt, a fantastic city that exists only on paper and in the minds of its creators. Among Rreinnstadt's fictional inhabitants is Pfitz, a count's loyal servant who mysteriously disappears one night from a tavern. Andrew Crumey's exploration of the rich territory bAn eighteenth-century prince devotes his entire wealth and the energy of his subjects to the creation of Rreinnstadt, a fantastic city that exists only on paper and in the minds of its creators. Among Rreinnstadt's fictional inhabitants is Pfitz, a count's loyal servant who mysteriously disappears one night from a tavern. Andrew Crumey's exploration of the rich territory between reality and fantasy reveals a genuine affection for character and the terrain of the human heart....

Title : Pfitz
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ISBN : 9780312195502
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Pfitz Reviews

  • Lucid_kiwi
    2019-02-28 10:32

    I liked the first chapter a lot, it seemed a nice setting for a story (designing imaginary cities fascinated me, all the details were amazing!), but then it turned out to be a bit of a disappointment - maybe it was the way it was told, maybe it was because of the characters (they felt so unreal). I was expecting more, I loved "Music in a foreign language".

  • Juan
    2019-03-09 11:49

    Un magnífico ejemplo de cómo el resumen editorial que ha de servir de gancho de un libro no tiene nada que ver con su contenido real. Me da la sensación de que solo se leyeron el primer capítulo que, efectivamente, va de lo que dice el resumen, y al no seguir adelante nunca descubrieron que esa propuesta era solo la excusa para otro tipo de historia. Aunque me dicen mis pajarillos que este libro se estudia en cursos de Doctorado para explicar las construcciones de mundos, ¿seré yo el que no lo ha entendido?Dejémoslo en tablas: es cierto que el final del libro sí puede tener un poco de eso también; de hecho me parece un final magnífico, aunque entiendo que pueda parecer engolado y pedante. A mí me recuerda al de La Planète des singes (la novela, no la película), mientras que el resto del libro me hace pensar en The Princess Bride y, a ratos, en Little, Big. Pero me parece estirar un poco el chicle intentar venderlo como algo que sólo es al 50% cuando la otra mitad es una novela negra en un entorno espaciotemporal indefinido, con bastante obsesión por la anatomía femenina y algunos efectos cómicos que rozan el patetismo. Para que nos entendamos: si fuese una película, su director sería Jean-Pierre Jeunet.Ahora que lo pienso, ya no sé si retractarme: replanteándome ese final, ya no tengo claro si el McGuffin era la parte de la construcción de mundos o quizá el resto de la historia. Alguien debería sacarme de dudas.Es una novela corta y que se lee muy bien, ideal para estas aburridas tardes de domingo con lluvia que piden a gritos infusión, gato, mantita y libro.

  • Cinabru Hoffmann
    2019-03-21 13:27

    Deloc rau acest scriitor scotian, autorul lui Pfitz, roman (sau mai curand nuvela ?) ce m-a surprins placut. Dar nu neaparat ca replica tarzie data lui Diderot. Publicata in original in 1995, Pfitz este o poveste ce imbina elementele picaresti cu romanul politist si atmosfera distopica. Este un 1984 in cheie comica, fara tragismul sumbru si lipsa de speranta din Orwell, avand ceva din perfectiunea visata a coloniei penitenciare kafkiene. Exista reguli, exista standarde, totul se petrece – macar vizibil – asa cum trebuie, si asta este bine. Povestea, cu accente sensibile si trimiteri la Calvino si Eco in faza sa medievista, este relativ originala : candva, cu doua secole in urma (mai mult sau mai putin), un print puternic si bogat capata o noua pasiune – construirea oraselor imaginare. Paralela cu scrierea omonima a lui Calvino este valabila pana la un punct. - See more at:

  • N.J. Ramsden
    2019-03-08 10:23

    The first Crumey I read, and still the one I remember most fondly. It's intricate but not pompous, intelligent but not brow-beating, and avoids the pitfalls of Crumey's other novels (up to Mr Mee, at least, which is as far as I've got) the primary fault of which is in being too self-consciously sure of the cleverness of the material. Pfitz is the right side of that line, and reads like a relaxed and nostalgic Borges, like Eco-lite, a nod to early Gothic, to the philosophical fictions of the 18th and 19th centuries. It's a literary game, and a pleasurable one. Flawed, perhaps, as there's a problematic underlying dismissiveness to his female characters that appears too often in Crumey for comfort, but still, Pfitz is a good diversion for those who want something in the lit-puzzler vein.

  • Jeroen
    2019-02-20 11:41

    Short but interesting read. Totally different from anything else I read. I liked some of the writing better than other parts but that's what you get with a book in a book.

  • Albireo
    2019-03-07 15:44

    Mr: Simply Phantastic! Challenging and unusual. Like a book written by Rene Magritte... Among my alltime top favoritesMrs: -

  • Dallas
    2019-02-28 08:23

    Horribly pretentious.

  • Mike
    2019-03-09 07:49

    What a strange, puzzling book! Crumey throws more philosophy at you than anyone else I've read, except perhaps Ada Palmer. Heraclitus and Zeno from the pre-Socratics are here, along with Derrida and Wittgenstein from the post-moderns. He riffs off the end of Goethe's Faust, and throws in some Heisenberg, Schroedinger, and set theory for luck. And no doubt much more that I missed.Pfitz poses a number of questions, none of which are really answerable--like Schroedinger's Cat, which is both alive and dead. Who is writing your story? There's no single author; there's a committee of authors, who don't necessarily agree. The stories of the "imaginary" characters drive the stories of the "real" characters, but the stories of the "imaginary" characters are likewise imagined and written by the "real" characters. And of course, the "real" characters are fictional, so this is really the ultimate set of barbershop mirrors, where the image recedes into the infinite background. There's no single backstory, no single "truth", especially about the "imaginary" character Spontini--whose name hints at spontaneity, but who is entirely scripted by his authors. There are two versions of Spontini's single book ("Aphorisms"); they disagree with each other, and they drive different overlapping stories in the so-called "real" world. Can anyone differentiate between these truths? That's a problem for Schroedinger and his cat.So, does this all work, or is it just a jumble of erudition? I don't know. Ask the cat.

  • BookAmbler
    2019-03-20 07:22

    An interesting and very different premise, which was definitely strange but also strangely compelling to keep reading.

  • Jim
    2019-03-11 11:44

    I’d never heard of Andrew Crumey before but came across his book listed in the Scottish Book Trust’s list of the best Scottish fiction of the last 50 years. This type of writing took me quite by surprise – many of my recent reads from Scottish authors have been great but grim. This book has a real European feel and transports you to other lands at different levels of ‘fictionality’ – stories within stories. I thought it was great – there were short sections that were a bit of a struggle but they didn’t detract from the whole. It’s quite short but if it was twice as long it would be half as good. From the very start I was gripped, desperate to find out the answers to the mysteries of these strange worlds. Characters were real – I cared what happened to them. And beyond the basic story there were parallels to the lives and works of so many of us. It’s great stuff!

  • IanCann
    2019-02-24 09:23

    A very curious read, engrossing in a way which toys with the fourth wall between character, writer and reader like a cheeky wombat in a jauntily askew hat. The novel just about avoids collapsing under its own cleverness, and the ending comes as a slight 'oh' but the world in which the novel about a novel and the creation of the world in which that novel is set is enough to hold you until the end in a oft thought provoking manner. Not as good as the later Crumey I've read, but still worth your time.

  • Tyrannosaurus regina
    2019-02-18 08:33

    What is real and what has been created? Can we even know the difference? Layer upon layer of creation and uncreation and recreation and subversion on the framework of an elaborately constructed imaginary city. A story written by a story written by a story and then destabilized and deconstructed. This just combines so many of the things I love.

  • Bogdan
    2019-02-22 08:35

    I liked the idea of the novel, to raise cities on paper, to devote a life time creating fictional people, places and history. I also learned that you must firmly draw a line between fiction and reality, you must never confuse them.My copy of this book is in romanian.

  • Egor Mikhaylov
    2019-03-21 09:23

    Короткий, на один-два присеста, многоэтажный, но плотный как кусок мрамора, роман про отношение реальности или того, что мы ей считаем, и выдумки. Стилистически – помесь Кафки с Вольтером. Перевод Пчелинцева, как всегда, исключительный. Рекомендую.

  • Constantine Melios
    2019-02-19 10:28

    Another postmodern metafiction delight!

  • Clare
    2019-03-14 12:28

    This story is like those children's nesting dolls. It is a story within a story within a story. The premise is unique and it is quite interesting to see how each aspect of the tales will develop.

  • James M
    2019-03-17 09:25

    A prince subjects his subjects to creating a fantasy town that only exists in his mind as we follow the disappearance of one of its inhabitants.