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Ebook Se bilden by Joseph Heller read! Book Title: Se bilden
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 553 KB
v The author of the book: Joseph Heller
Edition: Wahlström & Widstrand
Date of issue: 1988
ISBN: 9146154760
ISBN 13: 9789146154761
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The novel is an eclectic journey across three historical periods, all connected by Rembrandt van Rijn's painting, Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer. With constant reflection between the different eras, we jump back & forth between the time of Aristotle, Rembrandt & Heller: the Golden Age of Athens, the 17th century golden age of Holland & the golden age of the USA.
Like Heller's version of King David's story, God Knows, the author changes little in the storyline of the original–-he excels in narrative & historical counterpoints, some explicit, some implicit. Incomprehension may have contributed to the cool reception this book received.
Heller concludes that we don't learn from history. In fact, so much of history may be nonfactual that learning may be impossible. Being a pessimistic chronicler of the American Century, his main unspoken theme is the parallel between the onetime Hellenic overlord & his home country. This is most apparent in his treatment of the downfall of Athens, when after the victory over Persia, it formed the Delian League & got embroiled in the Peloponnesian War. He describes a beacon of democracy that destroys its advances, transforming them into tools of abuse, turning on its own allies just to demonstrate its power & losing to weaker enemies due to self-deception.

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Joseph Heller was the son of poor Jewish parents from Russia. Even as a child, he loved to write; at the age of eleven, he wrote a story about the Russian invasion of Finland. He sent it to New York Daily News, which rejected it. After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1941, Heller spent the next year working as a blacksmith's apprentice, a messenger boy, and a filing clerk. In 1942, at age 19, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. Two years later he was sent to Italy, where he flew 60 combat missions as a B-25 bombardier. Heller later remembered the war as "fun in the beginning... You got the feeling that there was something glorious about it." On his return home he "felt like a hero... People think it quite remarkable that I was in combat in an airplane and I flew sixty missions even though I tell them that the missions were largely milk runs."

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