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1819 macht sich John Franklin im Auftrag der Britischen Regierung auf, nach einem Durchgang im Polarmeer, der berühmten Nordwestpassage, zu suchen -- begleitet von einer kleinen Truppe ebenso mutiger wie entschlossener Getreuer. Auf ihrer abenteuerlichen Reise treffen sie auf die kanadischen Yellowknife-Indianer, die den schlecht ausgerüsteten, ortsunkundigen Briten auf ih1819 macht sich John Franklin im Auftrag der Britischen Regierung auf, nach einem Durchgang im Polarmeer, der berühmten Nordwestpassage, zu suchen -- begleitet von einer kleinen Truppe ebenso mutiger wie entschlossener Getreuer. Auf ihrer abenteuerlichen Reise treffen sie auf die kanadischen Yellowknife-Indianer, die den schlecht ausgerüsteten, ortsunkundigen Briten auf ihrem Terrain haushoch überlegen sind. Ihr kolonialer Hochmut hindert die Engländer allerdings daran, von der Jahrhunderte alten Erfahrung der Indianer zu lernen. Im festen Glauben, der angestammten Bevölkerung in jeder Hinsicht überlegen zu sein, manövriert Expeditionsleiter Franklin sich und seine Mannschaft in lebensbedrohliche Situationen.Vor den majestätischen Landschaften Kanadas und der Kulisse des kältestarrenden Winters, in dem alle Expeditionsmitglieder dem Hunger ausgesetzt sind, entwickeln sich zarte Liebesbande zwischen der Schamanentochter Greenstockings und dem jungen englischen Offizier Robert Hood. Einmal mehr treffen hier die beiden so gegensätzlichen Kulturen spannungsgeladen aufeinander. Spätestens jetzt entfaltet sich auch die enorme poetische Kraft von Wiebes Erzählkunst. Sie trägt den Leser an ungeahnte Orte, zieht ihn in den Bann einer gänzlich unbekannten Welt. Nachts lauschen die Liebenden am Feuer uralten Indianergeschichten von Stammesfehden, geraubten Frauen, loderndem Hass und unstillbarer Leidenschaft -- Geschichten, die der als Sohn deutscher Mennoniten im Nordwesten Kanadas geborene Autor wohl selbst als Kind zu hören bekommen hat. Darüber hinaus vermag es der herausragende Autor, die leidvolle Situation der Expeditionsteilnehmer wie der bis dato autonomen Indianer aus beiden historischen Perspektiven glaubwürdig zu schildern -- und verzichtet dabei auf Wertungen für die eine oder andere Seite. --Friederike Kaiser...

Title : Land jenseits der Stimmen
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ISBN : 9783453863903
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Number of Pages : 184 Pages
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Land jenseits der Stimmen Reviews

  • Bill Brydon
    2019-01-02 23:20

    "Turning before them, Michel seems suddenly very powerful: so deliberately intense and muscled it is obvious that he could walk wherever he pleased. Perhaps it is because he carries only his bedding and a long rifle with powder and shot — which Lieutenant Franklin has now assigned to him, he says. But beyond specific hunting forays, no voyageur has ever before been permitted a loaded rifle; especially not this one. And even more unbelievably he has brought meat, both a ptarmigan and a hare! For them, who for days now have eaten only bits of boiled leather or painfully scraped-off lichen, burning or cooking that while it somehow remained as repulsively inedible as ever. Hepburn exclaims, gnawing his mouthful of meat, “O God, maybe this one won’t tell lies, like all the others.” Resting, they have continuously discussed food as the hungry will, making sounds to vary the moan of wind among small brush, their tent too thin to be worthy of assault. “If we could see sky,” Hood on his back could still speak with some precision, “we might see … ravens. Ravens always eat.”

  • Buchdoktor
    2019-01-04 05:17

    Keskarrah, dem Ältesten der Yellowknife-Indianer (ihr Stamm gehört zu den Dené) war von Anfang klar, dass die Expedition der "Englischen" zum Scheitern verurteilt sein würde. Das Gesetz der Gastfreundschaft schrieb ihm zwar vor, die Fremden mit Vorräten, Kanus und Trägern auszustatten. Um als erfahrener Mann vom Stamm der T'atsaot'ine in der Region des Großen Sklavensees die Fremden von ihrem Vorsatz abzubringen, in den Norden zu ziehen, fehlten Keskarrah offenbar die richtigen Worte. Frau und Töchter des Schamanen wundern sich über die Fremden, die zu viel essen, zu viel Ausrüstung mit sich herumschleppen und selbst keine Frauen als Arbeitskräfte mitgebracht haben. Wenn Frauen als Arbeitskräfte fehlen, die warme Kleidung anfertigen und das Fleisch und die Häute der Jagdbeute verarbeiten, ist ein Stamm zum Untergang verurteilt. Sollten die Fremden in ihrer Unkenntnis auf die Unterstützung ihrer Pläne durch den Stamm der T'atsaot'ine beharren, werden die Teilnehmer der Expedition und im schlimmsten Fall auch der Indianerstamm den nächsten Winter nicht überleben. Aus der Perspektive des Unteroffiziers Robert Hood, des Schiffsarztes John Richard und Greenstockings, der Tochter des Schamanen, liefert Rudy Wiebe eine ungewohnte Sicht auf die Franklin-Expedition (1845 bis 1848). Besonders bewegend sind die Erlebnisse Greenstockings, die beim Zusammentreffen mit den Fremden erst 14 Jahre alt ist, und ihrer jüngeren Schwester. Frauen der T'atsaot'ine kennen es nicht anders, als dass sie von den Männern des eigenen Stamms mit Gewalt genommen oder von fremden Stämmen geraubt werden. Franklins Männer, die unter Alkohol eine für die Ureinwohner bisher unbekannte Gewalttätigkeit zeigen, werden von der Wehrhaftigkeit der Frauen überrascht, die sich mit ihren scharfen Ausbeinmessern entschlossen zur Wehr setzen können. Wiebes Sprache lässt Zeiten anklingen, in denen Menschen und Tiere sich noch miteinander verständigen konnten. Sein Blick zeigt voller Ironie die Unfähigkeit der Weißen, die Kenntnisse der Ureinwohner zu achten und für das eigene Überleben in klirrender Kälte zu nutzen.Textauszug"Plötzlich ist Greenstockings froh, dass sie sich auf eine so sinnlose Reise aufmachen und verschwinden und viele Tage, gar einen Monat, womöglich einen halben Winter lang durch den Schnee stapfen werden. Während der gesamten dunklen Zeit wird keiner von ihnen überraschend im Eingang ihres Zeltes auftauchen - wenn überhaupt noch einmal. Vielleicht nimmt sie ja unterwegs ein Felsspalte zärtlich auf oder eine Stromschnelle, die sich so schnell öffnet wie Fischkiemen unter Wasser, oder das allgegenwärtige, kalte, kristallreine Lächeln der Luft, die verschwundene Sonne oder das große Nordlicht lassen sie in einen Traum versinken und untergehen. Natürlich sollte sie so etwas nicht denken und sie kommt sich ziemlich gemein dabei vor; also lächelt sie gleich Little Marten an, die von ihrem Gepäck noch tiefer als ein Toboggan in den Schnee gedrückt wird. Nur Weiße machen sich auf solche endlosen, mörderischen Märsche in die lange Dunkelheit hinein. Nur Weißerde-Männer." (S. 184)

  • Erin
    2019-01-12 02:18

    Rudy Wiebe twice won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, first for The Temptations of Big Bear and then again for A Discovery of Strangers. In both novels Wiebe imagines historical events from perspectives not traditionally represented in historical discourse: the trial of Big Bear and the first Franklin expedition, respectively.I’ve read A Discovery of Strangers three times now, and this last time is the first that I paid much attention. Something about Wiebe lulls me. I suspect the constantly shifting point of view and abrupt changes in chronological sequence are distracting, but his word choice is (oddly) poetic and so, for the first two reads, I lost a lot of the subtleties. This time around I’m reading with intent (take that Atwood), reading with the intent to write twenty odd pages about the book, and so reading with a close and careful eye. It has given me a sinus headache (actually I suspect the winter and germs are responsible for that).There is much for the attentive eye to notice: the dominance of circles; the repeated use of both ‘discover’ and ‘strangely’ in reference to the ways characters speak; descriptions of the arctic ice as ‘eating’ or ‘consuming’; references to skin - the thickness, colour and texture of it. And so much to do with eating.I noticed the eating before, but on this read I noticed it in new places. Sex is described as eating, the landscape is described as eating, the English explorers are (of course and always) described as eating, the animals eat, the children eat, the rocks and the forest and the water eats. And people eat one another.The novel poses several questions directly: what are the explorers looking for? What do they hope to find? And. What are our responsibilities to one another? What does community require?The answers might be found in the imagery, the symbols, the dialogic and polyphonic structure. Or perhaps there are no direct answers, rather an insistence that we readers ‘eat’ too: the novel, the narrative, and in eating incorporate the voices and this story into ourselves, and perhaps then find something approximating answers - or perhaps just satiation.

  • Dorothy Hermary
    2019-01-16 03:00

    Rudy Wiebe has taken colonial history and native myth along with visual impressions of a harsh landscape and woven them within a fictional story of relationships: relationships within the Tetsot'ine (Yellowknife) culture, relationships within Franklin's group of Englishmen and voyageurs, and the inter-relationships that overlapped and intermingled and created both friction and love. Some of Wiebe's words are poetically expressive, such as:Robert Hood stood steady, head bowed, hands folded. Behind his eyelids he saw the children again, a few of whom he already recognized, on that rock in the windy lake, huddling under wet, torn hides supported by the splintered ribs of canoes, bent guns, sticks. In the pause after the responses he thought he could still hear that harrowing lament. Somewhere beyond the feather of wind in spruce, beyond the waterfall and the lake's deepening darkness. It seemed to him he was praying - for a revelation. How could they have existed here ages before they were known of? How would he draw a sorrow he could barely hear? (p. 67-68) Some of his words are confusing and require re-reading for reader comprehension, but interestingly these passages of confusion correspond to confused action and/or confused comprehension in the story's context and in the minds of the story's characters. An example is when Hood is starving to death:He realizes he no longer has dimension. He is a sheet laid between frozen hides, become his own pencilled calculation so thin it cannot be seen, a hide 'twere better 'twere scrapped clean of hair and eaten, and therefore he must explain to Michel, yes, he must, he has Richardson's Bible in his hands and sometimes he finds places where the words he can see for an instant collide with his memory. (p. 249)I thought this book should be rated more than 3 stars but less than 4, because it was occasionally a struggle to read. Therefore I gave it a 3 and am sharing that it is better than a 3. I have more of Rudy Wiebe's books in my unread collection and look forward to comparing some of his earlier and later writing to this particular book.

  • Linnea
    2019-01-11 03:19

    My second read through this novel which trails through the snow-swept Canadian tundra in order to find something never found. I really like this book for all its intricacies, its intelligent references to what could otherwise be quite linear explanations of linear explanations of the Canadian North. I bump it down to four stars, however, because five years after I first read this book, I'm [still and] more unsettled by the gender relations it presents, and cannot decide whether Wiebe is 'telling it like it is,' or whether the nature of historiographic fiction means that one can never really tell it like it is/was, thus making the novel aggressive sexual scenes seem fairly gratuitous. Frankly, I don't know what to do with the rapes, the polygamies, the 'stealing' of women. I figure Wiebe's done his research, but these passages force me, rather uncomfortably, into a place where I cannot seem to decide whether I'm being all too ignorant about a different culture, or being all too aware of my desire to side with a particular ethics on human nature (which sisters actually laugh while discussing sexual preferences in regards to a shared husband?)In any case, it makes me think. (About the book, not about the possibility of a shared husband.)

  • Tony
    2019-01-08 06:16

    I can't recall exactly when I finished this book, but it was just before we left to live in New Zealand. I came across it recently and thought to add it to my virtual library. This is the rare book that earns a solid three stars, which is kind of like the kiss of death for any good book. And it is a good book-- interesting historical fiction wrapped in fact, compelling plot with a little romance thrown in. But it never really grabbed me, never became "unputdownable". Three stars means I can't fault the writing, can't fault the story itself, but I was never really engaged.

  • Nancy
    2019-01-05 22:03

    This book is a hard slog. If the idea was to convey the inability of the Indians and the English to understand each other, it succeeds. If the author wanted to convey the inner feelings and culture of the Yellowknives in 1820, he succeeded. The story failed to engage me, however. I finished because it felt like an important book to read--so literary, so descriptive, but I did not enjoy it. There was no suspense in the outcome, which was foretold early on. The prose got in the way of the story too often.

  • Luce Cronin
    2019-01-03 23:09

    What a great book! The story revolves around the meeting of the men from the Franklin expedition with the Yellowknive (Dene) people in the Northwest Territory Much research has gone into this novel, and Wiebe has given us a beautiful interpretation of what he thought transpired on a personal level. Wiebe writes in an almost mystical manner at times and makes us live the life of the Dene at the time

  • Jiajia Chen
    2018-12-28 05:18

    The opening catches me with the wild bur serene landscape. I feel I was drawn to that misery, distant and beautiful land. Also with the multi perspective depiction, it leads us to think the images of people in the eyes of animals, of the invaders in the eyes of aboriginals.It refreshes me and make people to think. For me, it's a great work.

  • Jock
    2018-12-21 04:59

    I had to start twice. The first time around I put this book aside as too obtuse but returned to it and seemed to find the flow. Written from varied points and worth a look if you are interested in Canadian history. I quite liked it.

  • Ambdkerr
    2018-12-18 05:17

    An intense read. Purposefully written to disorient the reader, it was definitely a challenge to get through. That being said it is part of an important story illustrating the price the First People paid as the English claimed and settled Canada.

  • Guy
    2018-12-31 22:10

    I tried to like this book, it being an award winner and all. But... I just kept putting it down and not re-opening it. Began it in 1995, and will probably try it again. Maybe. So many books, so little time.2017.05.30: Gave up. Took to used bookstore instead of packing it for move.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-09 06:05

    One of those books that left me feeling "as if the top of my head were taken off." I wasn't sure what world I lived in or how to navigate it when I finished this. Beautiful, disturbing, profoundly asynchronous--I have lived new lives in this novel.

  • Patricia Boyle
    2019-01-06 06:19

    Did not like this book - the story or the writing style.

  • martin eden
    2018-12-22 03:26

    Based on true events, this book is a mix of love, adventure and dramatic tale. Rudy Wiebe is a great storyteller, I was captivated from the beginning to the very end!

  • Liz
    2019-01-06 06:09

    Beautiful poetic book about the disastrous Franklin expedition up the Coppermine River towards the Arctic Ocean, in 1820, mostly told from the Dene point of view. Must read more of Wiebe's work!

  • Jane Routley
    2018-12-17 05:20

    Not always an easy read but memoriable and enriching. Brillant first contact novel.