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The people who never ages

It is a story with sensational value is: As an American scientist, one of those fabled isolated peoples to be discovered. And the researchers tops this blockbuster: The people can stop, as he proves, the aging of the body. Some of the tribe members are more 100 years old. The hook: The Freshness of the body is paid for with the decay of the spirit. The sets, although late, but in the end the total dementia.

This Plot alone is a promising novel would be a literary adaptation of a fitness obsession, and Alzheimer's disease, for example, from the abuse of people as objects of research or the phenomenon of the isolated peoples. But the 1974 Los Angeles-born author Hanya Yanagihara wanted more with her debut novel from 2013, is now available in German under the title "The people of the trees". The book is based on a historical figure – and a big question.

real model

"If a great man does awful things, is he then still a great man?" In the German novel issue, the author and a medical subsidiary which was long – travel magazine editor, before she was editor-in-Chief of the Lifestyle magazine, the New York Times placed a Essay. In it, she reveals that her Protagonist is modeled on the physician Daniel Carleton Gajdusek.

Gajdusek received the 1976 Nobel prize for his work on the prion disease Kuru, in the middle of the 20th century. Century, a small tribe on Papua new Guinea decimated hard. From his travels Gajdusek brought 56 adopted children and allowed them a good education. It was primarily the boys, and one of them accused him later of sexual abuse.

The researchers well-known in 1997, and guilty, and lived after the arrest up to the time of his death in Europe. There, he commented to the BBC – available on Youtube – frankly about Sex with children: hundreds were crawling in bed with him and had asked for it; not Vice versa. All the boys would want to do that, he had the first transport, as the six-year-old with his uncle. For family cohesion, Sex between the generations.

escape in the world of hard facts

As Yanagihara "to write to The people of the trees" began, lived Gajdusek a reason, as she says, for the alienation: your Gajdusek means Perina. In the novel, a faithful employee out there Perinas memoirs; the Foreword by the fictional editor Perinas icherzäh-ment of his Mature, its luster and descent.

The first 100 pages describe how the son of a semi-autistic mother, escapes into the world of hard facts. The Childhood in a Podunk town in Indiana wins by Yanagiharas journalistic views of people and the nature, captivating clarity. Also the struggle of the ambitious students, the rivalries on Campus, the hell of failure have recognition value.

immortal food

On the next 250 pages, the psycho-gram is transformed into a rather naive adventure story, peppered with voltage triggers, and the science of historical page views. Perina flies with an anthropologist on a small island in the Pacific. The people that you come to the track, feeding his Ü-Sixties with a rare turtles places. Perina takes a few tribe members and turtle parts in the USA, in the lab: It is shown that the consumption of the turtle affects the telomerase education, the aging slows down. The uprooted natives languish in the lab, interested in the seventies, however, little, notes the publisher.

at All Perinas memoirs by Appendix, Glossary, maps, and footnotes of a fictional editor, authenticated, documented by the language of the tribe to the publications Perinas all of the hair is small and commented. This level of detail is whether your creativity is impressive, but superfluous; of high literary claim to the whole pseudo-post-modern Faction Pastiche seems far away.

20 kids in the house

The pedophile crimes Perinas in turn, apart from the "Foreword", for the first time on page 342. Later, we'll learn a lot over the bustle in the house of the researcher, at times, over 20 children lived. The Finale contains rape, a confession of "loving". But the hard Narrowing of the wise, cold child from Indiana, and of the success-obsessed, post-colonial immortality, a researcher with the offender Perina-Gajdusek fails. The Sensation remains.

Hanya Yanagihara is able to draw the reader in tension threads through the Text. But she tries too much and too Different, so you have to fly to the book apart. Best to read it as an elaborate pre-study to be your Magnum Opus. "A little bit of life" catapulted the author to 2015 into the international spotlight. At almost 1000 pages is laid out the stark story of a young gay man who breaks at the abuse he suffered as a child.

Hanya Yanagihara: The people of the trees. Roman. From the English by Stephan Small. Hanser, Berlin 2019. 478 p., approximately 36 Fr.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 07.02.2019, 17:55 PM

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